Welcome to CIS

Partnering with the University of Minnesota (U of M) to offer U of M Twin Cities courses through College in the Schools (CIS) allows students to get a start on their college and career plans. Students experience the pace and challenge of U of M courses, while also earning both high school and college credit. 


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High schools

Everyone Benefits

Students, families, instructors, high schools, University faculty and departmentseveryone benefits from participating in College in the Schools!


From French and creative problem solving, to physics, psychology, and history, there's a wealth of U of M courses to feed your curiosity and interests. Wonder which U of M courses are offered at your high school? Take a look!

CIS Delivers

High schools—large and small, urban and rural, public and private—throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin partner with CIS to expand educational opportunities for their communities. Along the way, students begin their college careers and earn credit that is recognized by colleges and universities from coast to coast. 

  • CIS students stand in their classroom in front of a large biology drawing
  • A high school administrator wearing a broad smile and a white button-up shirt and blue tie faces the camera while speaking with a student holding a pile of books and wearing a backpack whose back os to the camera's view
  • two high school students sit at a wooden desk where they work on a computer and use a notebook to record their findings
  • a small group of CIS high school school instructors sit at a table and listen to a peer who is presenting at the front of the room
  • A CIS literature student stands next to US Poet Laureate Ada Limon
  • Numerous U of M flags blow in the breeze before a background of green trees

Our Stories

A maroon-and-gold hats-off for CIS students and instructors! Read their stories and learn more about the incredible individuals who make us all #UMNProud!

Accreditation and Mission

NACEP Accreditation seal


College in the Schools is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), which indicates the program has met or exceeded standards of excellence related to curriculum, instructors, student support and assessment, and program evaluation. 

NACEP also ensures quality course content and equivalent university experience for students and instructors. 

For additional information about dual credit concurrent enrollment programs, check out the Fast Facts section of the NACEP Resource Center.


College in the Schools partnerships connect high school with college to create a culture of lifelong learning and advance academic and career growth.

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