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Model Program

College Now - South Central Minnesota

College Now is SMSU's concurrent enrollment program. Concurrent enrollment (also called "dual credit" or "dual enrollment") allows qualified high school students to earn college credit in their high school, during their regular school day.

College Now classes are taught by qualified high school teachers and supervised by SMSU faculty members.College Now classes are actual SMSU courses where students earn actual SMSU credit. There is no cost to the student for these courses, providing an outstanding opportunity for students to earn college credit and jumpstarting their college careers without incurring additional debt.

Postsecondary Partner:

Southwest State University

High School Partners:

100+ high schools in Central and Southern Minnesota

Student Eligibility:

The program is for high school juniors and seniors. Juniors must have a 3.0 GPA and be in the top 1/3 of their class, while seniors must have a 3.0 and be in the top 1/2 of their class.

Faculty Credentialing and/or Teacher Licensure Requirements which support this program:

Credentialing is determined by the individual academic departments and disciplines on campus, so it varies by academic area.

Type of Program:

•  Concurrent Enrollment
•  PSEO 

Grade Level(s) Served:

11th, 12th

For more information, visit the SMSU College Now website.

Postsecondary Contacts:

Jessica Mensink | 507-537-6390 
Kimberly Guenther | 507-537-6708

Program Components:

•  Postsecondary credits can be earned through this program
•  Classes taught by high school teachers
•  Instruction takes place in the high school

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