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Concurrent Enrollment

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What is concurrent enrollment?

Concurrent enrollment classes are college courses taught at your high school. High schools across the state partner with Minnesota colleges and universities to offer this. It is often called College in the Schools. Classes are taught by trained high school teachers or college instructors. Most classes are taught face-to-face, but some are online. Others may combine the two.

What are the benefits of concurrent enrollment?

Because it’s free, you can save time and money earning your degree. Studies have shown that students who take college courses when they are still in high school are more likely to graduate from college in four years with a bachelor's degree. And that's important. Each additional year of college costs you more money. You can also complete occupational certificates tuition-free.

Concurrent enrollment also expands the range of course offered by your high school. When you successfully pass these classes, you can earn both high school and college credit.  It also gives you the chance to explore subjects at a more advanced level.

Who can take concurrent enrollment?

Your high school may require you to have a minimum grade point average or to take certain classes before they allow you to take concurrent enrollment courses. If you're struggling in regular classes, concurrent enrollment courses will be challenging.  Don’t assume that you can’t take them, however.  Check with your school counselor to find out if you are eligible.

How do I take concurrent enrollment?

Concurrent enrollment is offered directly through high schools. Check with your school counselor to find out if your school offers it.

How do I earn college credit? Where can I use the credit?

You receive a college transcript from the college or university that partnered with your high school. This allows you to transfer the credit to other colleges. All public colleges and universities and some private ones in Minnesota accept credits earned through concurrent enrollment.  Many public and private institutions in other states do, too. Based on information reported by former concurrent enrollment students, we know that postsecondary institutions—coast to coast—recognize concurrent enrollment credits.
Keep in mind that policies vary from college to college. Do your research ahead of time. If you're having trouble finding information or understanding it, ask your school counselor for help.

How many Minnesota students take concurrent enrollment?

Over 20,000 students in Minnesota take concurrent enrollment courses each year.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to Minnesota students.

Where can I find more information about concurrent enrollment?

To learn which colleges and universities partner with Minnesota high schools to offer concurrent enrollment courses, visit the Directory of Minnesota Concurrent Enrollment Programs.

To learn more about concurrent enrollment programs at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, visit these websites:

University of MN - Twin Cities  
University of MN - Crookston
University of MN - Duluth
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

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