Motivated students like you can get a jump-start on college by taking College in the School courses at your high school. College in the Schools offers dual-credit courses from the University in a variety of subjects.
Registration/Dropping a Class
To Know Before You Register
Prerequisites: Check the course description for the course(s) you’re interested in to make sure you meet the course prerequisites.
Course Load: Taking more than 15 credits per semester may require CCAPS Scholastic Committee approval. See Expected Student Academic Work per Credit of the Policies Governing University of Minnesota Twin Cities Courses in the High School guide.
Grades: Letter grades are recorded on your permanent U of M transcript. Incompletes, withdrawals, and repeating a course are discussed in Grading and Transcripts in Policies Governing University of Minnesota Twin Cities Courses in the High School. See also Providing In-Progress Notification on Academic Performance in the same document.
Credit Recognition: U of M credits earned through College in the Schools have been recognized by colleges and universities coast to coast. Contact the post-secondary institution(s) you want to attend, and ask if the credits in a particular U of M course will be accepted. (See below for more information about credit recognition.)
Registration for your U of M course is separate from registration for your high school course. Your teacher will tell you when to register for the U of M section of your class and provide access to the information you need.
Use the CIS registration form to request registration by providing demographic data about yourself and information identifying the U of M course(s) for which you wish to register. After submitting this form, your teacher will verify that your request has been processed when your name appears on the official U of M class roster.
Cancelling a Class/Withdrawing
To cancel, drop, or withdraw your registration, submit a cancellation form to the U of M. If the form is received within the first two weeks of a quarter/trimester/semester-length high school class or the first month of a first two-trimester or year-long high school class, the course will be removed from your U of M transcript; after that a “W,” or withdraw, will be recorded. A "W" (withdraw) means "official cancellation without a grade" but does not impact GPA and is not a penalty, just a notation of what occurred. Withdrawal from a U of M class later in the term may require approval and will have billing consequences for your school.
In unusual circumstances, you may petition to register after the midterm of the course or to withdraw near the end of the course by submitting a petition form signed by your teacher.
Once you submit a registration request for the U of M section of your high school class, you are a bona fide University of Minnesota student!
Transcripts and Credit Recognition
Here's how to make the most of your U of M credits:
Start early. Save your syllabus, written work, and exams so you can provide evidence of the level of work your U of M course required.
Talk to your prospective colleges. Contact the institutions and ask about their concurrent enrollment credit transfer policies.
Review your unofficial U of M transcript. As soon as your course ends, make sure that all of your U of M courses appear with the correct grades.
Put your credits to work.
- If you apply to the University of Minnesota: No need to submit an official U of M transcript; however, note in your application that you’re taking U of M courses in high school. For further information, contact the Office of Admissions (612-625-2008).
- If you apply to another college or university: Request that an official transcript be sent to each post-secondary institution to which you apply.
Request your official transcript as part of your college application process.
If you know your University Internet ID and password:
- Go to the One Stop Transcripts website and follow the instructions near the bottom of the page.
If you don’t know your University Internet ID and password, you have two options:
- Initiate your student internet account at https://my-account.umn.edu/claim-acct, then request your transcript via One Stop Transcripts, or
- Call One Stop at 612-624-1111.
Prepare to present your case. Compare your U of M course to similar courses at your new institution. Remember to bring your portfolio of class materials to your meeting with the person in charge of transferring credit.
Understand the different types of credit recognition. Credit recognition generally falls into three categories. Credits may be accepted that apply to a degree, exempt you from a required course, or allow you placement into a more advanced course.
Let CIS know if you have difficulty gaining credit recognition for your U of M course(s). Contact CIS Associate Director Jan Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some important policies that you’ll want to become familiar with. (See corresponding section in the Policies Governing University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Courses in the High School.)
Student Eligibility—Instructors have the authority to override student eligibility criteria, case-by-case, for students who don’t meet the criteria but have a strong chance for success in the particular course. Contact email@example.com for details.
Student Responsibilities—This includes attendance, academic integrity, and use of personal electronic devices in the classroom. See also Makeup Work for Legitimate Absences.
While grades are not subject to complaint, you are entitled to an explanation for the grade assigned. If you are not able to get an explanation for the grade from your instructor, consult the [CIS faculty coordinator for the course as the appropriate departmental representative.] Students also may wish to seek assistance from [Jan M. Erickson, CIS Associate Director, for tips on the process, or from] the Student Conflict Resolution Office. An instructor’s judgment in assigning a grade is not a subject for a formal hearing and can only be reviewed through these informal processes.
Student Conduct Code and Student Conduct Code Procedure—These define plagiarism, discuss scholastic dishonesty and other disciplinary offenses, and describe processes for resolution.
Student Education Records and Privacy—Release of student information to third parties is regulated by Regents policy, federal law, and state law. CIS recommends that high school instructors obtain permission to discuss your grades and progress with your parents or guardians.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects your rights regarding your educational records in terms of reviewing information, correcting records, consenting to the disclosure of records, and filing a complaint with Family Policy Compliance Office in Washington, DC.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): Federal financial aid eligibility requires that aid recipients make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). While such financial aid regulations do not apply while you are still in high school, be aware that when you become an admitted college student, the credits you’ve earned through CIS will apply toward SAP calculations in terms of cumulative completed credits percentage, grade point average, and maximum attempted credits calculation.
Contact One Stop with questions or concerns.
CIS will work with your high school and teacher to ensure that you have access to the U of M resources you need to participate in your course.
Center for Writing: 612-626-7579; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Student Writing Support (SWS) program helps students develop productive writing habits and revision strategies through face-to-face and online consultations.
Canvas Student Help
If your teacher uses Canvas, a course management tool, this student guide can help you navigate its many features.
Parent's Guide to College and Career Readiness
The College Readiness Consortium at the University of Minnesota works in partnership with Pre-K−12 educators and others to increase the number and diversity of Minnesota students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and habits for success in higher education.
Study Skills Help: 612-624-3343
Find self-help materials on active learning, self awareness, study skills, life balance, and campus engagement.
Technology Help: 612-301-4357; email@example.com
This key resource can help you initiate your email account, reset your password, and resolve many other problems. You can also visit the U's IT site for students.