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COVID-19 Update: The University of Minnesota will offer online, or alternative, instruction through the end of summer term 2020. Read CCAPS's operational updates or visit the Safe Campus website for the University's operational updates.

Students

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 CIS Policy Reference Guide.

Registration

Registration for your U of M classes is separate from registration for your high school classes. Your teacher will provide the information you need to register for the U of M class section.

Questions? Email CIS Enrollment Services at mycishelp@umn.edu.

Registration Deadlines

High School Term First Day to Register Last Day to Register/Drop (no W grade)
CIS Trimester 1 August 15 October 1
CIS Year Long August 15 October 15
CIS Fall Semester/Trimester 1-2 August 15 October 15
CIS Trimester 2 December 1 January 15
CIS Spring Semester/Trimester 2-3 December 15 February 15
CIS Trimester 3 March 1 April 15

Cancelling a Class/Withdrawing

If you are no longer participating in the U of M class you must submit a CIS cancellation form. The deadlines and impact of cancellation depend on the dates and length of the class at your high school. In general, courses are considered dropped (i.e., course removed from your U of M record) when you submit a cancellation form during the registration period early in the term. After that, cancellation is considered a withdrawal and a “W” notation will be placed on your  record, regardless of the reason for the withdrawal. Withdrawal late in the term and repeat withdrawals may not be allowed. Withdrawal after a class has ended is never allowed. 

Unusual Circumstances

In unusual circumstances, you may petition to register or withdraw by submitting a petition form signed by your teacher. 

Congratulations!

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!

Grade Basis Change Option

Changes to the S/N (satisfactory/not satisfactory) rules are for students in CIS sections offered during Fall 2019 Year Long, Spring 2020 Semester/Trimester 2−3, and Spring 2020 Trimester 3 terms only due to the impact of COVID-19.

Students should consider their future goals when making the decision to change grading basis. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a worldwide impact, and programs and employers will be aware of these unprecedented changes. However, other colleges, scholarship committees, athletic programs, professional and graduate programs, and employers will make individual decisions that we cannot predict. If possible, it may be safest to retain A−F grading for courses being taken as prerequisites for graduate or professional school. 

Update 05/01/2020

The University of Minnesota has indicated that all undergraduate students can now change their grade basis from A-F to S/N after final grades have been posted. The deadlines listed below are for CIS students only and vary from the U of M’s.

Friday, May 1 through Friday, May 8

CIS students who submitted a grade basis change request form by April 30 will be given the opportunity to change their grading basis back to A-F in order to take advantage of the extended time frame. To do this, students will need to reply directly to the confirmation email they received from cisenrol@umn.edu when they made the request to change to S/N, stating that they wish to change their grading basis from S/N back to A-F.

Monday, May 11th through Monday, June 15th

CIS students with a grading basis of A-F may choose to opt into the S/N grading basis after their final grade has been posted by submitting the Grade Basis Change Request form found below. Once this request has been made, the S/N grading basis cannot be switched back to A-F regardless of how a student performs in the class. 

CIS students may view their current grade basis by visiting their MyU account and navigating to the Academics tab and selecting Grades. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between A−F and S/N gradings?
In order to earn an S in a course, you need to earn a letter grade of at least C- or higher. If you earn a letter grade of D+ or lower, you will not receive U of M credit for the course and a grade of N will be posted to your transcript.

In A−F grading, a letter grade of D or higher is often acceptable for receiving elective credit and liberal education credit at the U of M. A letter grade of D is not acceptable for major coursework at UMTC but may be acceptable at other colleges. 

How will taking S/N courses affect my GPA?
Neither the S nor the N grades are counted in U of M grade point average.

If I receive a high final grade in a course that I have designated for S/N, may I ask to switch back to A−F to receive that grade instead of an S?
No. Once the deadline for changing the grading basis has passed, your selection is final, regardless of how you perform in the class. Please consider your option to change to S/N carefully, and consult with your CIS instructor.

Can I ask my instructor to grade some of my assignments S/N and some A−F?
No, you must choose one option for your class. The instructor will assign your final grade based on their syllabus requirements or subsequent communications.

How does the S/N grading basis impact my U of M GPA? 
S/N classes will not be a part of your UMTC GPA. Your GPA will be determined based on the classes you take A−F. 

Do I need to make this decision right away? 
Not at all! Allow some time to see how these next couple of weeks go with a new method of instruction. The deadline is April 30.

Transcripts and Credit Recognition

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 CIS Policy Reference Guide. See also Academic Progress Notification 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. 

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. 

To request online:

To request by mail/fax:

A fee applies for each official transcript requested.

If you experience any issues with ordering, contact One Stop at 612-624-1111 or onestop@umn.edu.

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 M. Erickson at j-eric1@umn.edu.

Policies

Here are some important policies that you’ll want to become familiar with. (See corresponding section in the CIS Policy Reference Guide.)

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 cis@umn.edu 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. 

Grades: Questions about grades are covered in Grade Accountability and Addressing Student Academic Complaints (adapted for CIS):

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.

Resources

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.

Academic Success Resources
A directory of support services and resources listed by topic.

Canvas Student Help
If your teacher uses Canvas, a course management tool, this student guide can help you navigate its many features.

Center for Writing: 612-626-7579; writing@umn.edu
The Student Writing Support (SWS) program helps students develop productive writing habits and revision strategies through face-to-face and online consultations.

Disability Resource Center: 612-626-1333 (V/TTY); drc@umn.edu
Services are free and confidential. Request accommodations as far ahead of time as possible.

Effective U
Self-paced tutorials will help you learn new ways to manage your time, manage stress, take better notes, and prepare for tests. 

Libraries: 612-624-3321
As a University student, you enjoy online library privileges at all U of M libraries. A particularly useful tool is the online Assignment Calculator

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; help@umn.edu
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.