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College in the Schools

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  • 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
  • When: Calendar of Events

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. 

Find out more in this "A Taste of College" article from the College of Liberal Arts.

Ask Yourself These Questions

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!


Teachers who are interested in offering these courses should view the Instructor Applicant Handbook

Exploring the Teaching Profession I | CI 3901 | 2 credits

Exploring the Teaching Profession II | CI 3902 | 2 credits

Teachers who are interested in offering these courses should view the Instructor Applicant Handbook

Introduction to Public Speaking | COMM 1101 | 3 credits

Introduction to Literature: Poetry, Drama, Narrative | ENGL 1001W | 4 credits

Writing Studio | WRIT 1201 | 4 credits

University Writing | WRIT 1301 | 4 credits

Teachers who are interested in offering these courses should view the Instructor Applicant Handbook

College Algebra Through Modeling | CI 1806 | 3 credits

Basic and Applied Statistics | EPSY 3264 | 3 credits

CSE Calculus I | MATH 1371 | 4 credits

Teachers who are interested in offering these courses should view the Instructor Applicant Handbook.

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

Introduction to Computing Systems | EE 1301 | 4 credits

Climate Crisis: Implementing Solutions | EE 1701/EE 1703 | 4 credits

Introductory College Physics | PHYS 1101W | 4 credits

Teachers who are interested in offering these courses should view the Instructor Applicant Handbook

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

Teachers who are interested in offering these courses should view the Instructor Applicant Handbook

Beginning Modern Chinese I | CHN 1011 | 5 credits

Beginning Modern Chinese II | CHN 1012 | 5 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 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.

Contact Information

612-625-1855 or 800-234-6564 | cis@umn.edu

Fax: 612-624-5891

Nicholson Hall Room 20, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

CIS Staff

Emily Hanson, Program Director, College in the Schools; 612-626-8179; hans0996@umn.edu

Jan M. Erickson, Associate Director, College in the Schools; 612-624-9898;

Koleen Knudson, Administrative Services Coordinator and Legislative Liaison, College in the Schools; 612-301-1853; kknudson@umn.edu

Stephanie Davison, Communications and Events Coordinator, College in the Schools; 612-625-1855; cis@umn.edu

Molly Olson, Operations Manager, College in the Schools; 612-626-0214; olso5550@umn.edu

David Oppegaard, Events Coordinator, College in the Schools, 612-625-1855; cis@umn.edu

Jennifer Koontz, Director of Enrollment Services, College of Continuing & Professional Studies; 612-624 6091; koont001@umn.edu or cisenroll@umn.edu

Kate Peterson, Assistant Librarian, University Libraries; 612-626-3746; katep@umn.edu