- Who: Academically prepared high school juniors and seniors
- What: Introductory U of M courses
- Why: Earn college credits that are highly transferable
- Where: Taught in your local high school
Motivated juniors and seniors can earn college credits by taking University of Minnesota Twin Cities courses through the College in the Schools (CIS) program. Experience the pace and rigor of U of M courses right in your local high school. Succeeding in a particular high school course can be a good indicator that you are ready for a college course.
College in the Schools also offers courses for students in the academic middle or multilingual/ELL students and considers diverse learning styles, abilities, experiences, and backgrounds.
Is CIS Right for You?
The difference between pre-college options can be confusing, so we've created a downloadable chart that compares Concurrent Enrollment to Advanced Placement, Postsecondary Enrollment Options, and International Baccalaureate programs.
Taking a U of M course through College in the Schools is just like taking the same course on campus. Your grade will be recorded on an official U of M transcript, and you will be earning U of M credit that is recognized by many colleges and universities, coast to coast.
So ask yourself the following questions to see if you're ready to take the next step.
Are you eligible?
U of M courses offered through CIS have prerequisites, such as grades in related courses, demonstration of particular skills, class rank, and other factors. If you believe you can succeed in a particular course but do not meet the eligibility criteria, discuss this with the CIS teacher or high school counselor.
Do you have enough time to commit to this class?
Consider the other courses you may be taking. Think about nonacademic demands on your time and energy, too, like jobs, sports, music, clubs, family, and friends.
Are you a problem-solver?
One trait of a successful college student is initiative--the ability to seek out and use available resources, to ask questions and get the answers you need.
If these qualities describe you, check the list of schools to see which courses are offered at your school and talk to your counselor about how to register. Courses can fill up quickly, so check in with your counselor soon.
We look forward to working with you!
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Introduction to Literature: Poetry, Drama, Narrative | ENGL 1001W | 4 credits
Writing Studio | WRIT 1201 | 4 credits
University Writing | WRIT 1301 | 4 credits
Introduction to Animal Science | ANSC 1101 | 4 credits
Human Physiology, Technology, and Medical Devices | BIOL 1015 | 4 credits
Physics by Inquiry | CI 1563 | 4 credits
Energy, Environment, and Society | EE 1701 | 3 credits
Plant Propagation | HORT 1001 | 4 credits
Introductory College Physics | PHYS 1101W | 4 credits
Introduction to African American Studies | AFRO 1011 | 3 credits
Principles of Microeconomics | APEC 1101 | 4 credits
Principles of Macroeconomics | APEC 1102 | 3 credits
An Interdisciplinary Look at the Family in Multicultural America | FSOS 1211 | 4 credits
Authority and Rebellion: American History to 1865 | HIST 1307 | 3 credits
Global America: US History Since 1865 | HIST 1308 | 3 credits
American Democracy in a Changing World | POL 1001 | 4 credits
Introduction to Psychology | PSY 1001 | 4 credits
Beginning Modern Chinese I | CHN 1011 | 6 credits
Beginning Modern Chinese II | CHN 1012 | 6 credits
Intermediate Modern Chinese I | CHN 3021 | 5 credits
Intermediate Modern Chinese II | CHN 3022 | 5 credits
Intermediate French I | FREN 1003 | 5 credits
Intermediate French II | FREN 1004 | 5 credits
Intermediate German I | GER 1003 | 5 credits
Intermediate German II | GER 1004 | 5 credits
Beginning Classical Greek I | GRK 1001 | 5 credits
Beginning Classical Greek II | GRK 1002 | 5 credits
Beginning Hebrew I | HEBR 1001 | 5 credits
Beginning Hebrew II | HEBR 1002 | 5 credits
Intermediate Hebrew I | HEBR 3011 | 5 credits
Intermediate Hebrew II | HEBR 3012 | 5 credits
Advanced Modern Hebrew | HEBR 3090 | 3 credits
Beginning Japanese I | JPN 1011 | 5 credits
Beginning Japanese II | JPN 1012 | 5 credits
Intermediate Latin Prose | LAT 3003 | 4 credits
Intermediate Latin Poetry: Vergil | LAT 3004 | 4 credits
Intermediate Spanish I | SPAN 1003 | 5 credits
Intermediate Spanish II | SPAN 1004 | 5 credits
Understanding Minnesota’s Concurrent Enrollment, AP, PSEO, and IB Programs
College in the Schools regularly updates this downloadable chart comparing the main dual credit programs on key characteristics, such as the oversight and support of quality that are provided, how teacher qualifications are determined, costs, how college grades and credit are earned and the transferability of credits. Data comes from a variety of sources including MDE and research findings.
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