In Minnesota, concurrent enrollment courses are college courses offered at the high school, usually taught by a trained high school teacher. These are offered in partnership with a college or university. Students who successfully complete these courses generate both high school and transcripted college credit from the partnering postsecondary institution. Many people refer to these courses as College in the High School. There is no cost to the student to participate in these courses.
Minnesota’s concurrent enrollment programs offer thousands of Minnesota students access to rigorous college courses in their high school buildings. Research shows that high school students who participate in an accelerated learning option, such as concurrent enrollment, benefit greatly from:
• Exposure to high expectations.
• Participation in challenging courses.
• The momentum gained by earning college credits while still in high school.
By participating in concurrent enrollment, high school students complete college requirements that allow for greater flexibility when they enter the university setting full-time. Many concurrent enrollment alums find they are able to pursue second majors, participate in study abroad opportunities, and internships. Not only do concurrent enrollment students get a step ahead of other entering freshman in terms of credits, but they also gain college-level skills from concurrent enrollment courses. Our courses challenge high school students to think critically, write academically, and read analytically, preparing students for greater success in college.
Participating high schools also reap the benefits of concurrent enrollment. Partnerships developed between university faculty and high school teachers provide learning and training opportunities that may not otherwise exist. Additionally, concurrent enrollment students stay at the high school instead of leaving to attend classes at a university. Finally, through participation in concurrent enrollment, high schools establish themselves as education leaders by setting high standards, providing outstanding offerings, and preparing students for the 21st century.
A list of postsecondary institutions approved to participate in the PSEO program. Please contact each campus directly for specific PSEO program information.
Memorandum - FY 2021 Deadline for Submitting Concurrent Enrollment Aid Agreements - 9/17/20
Deadline for high schools partnering with postsecondary institutions to submit the signed Concurrent Enrollment Program Aid Application.
Concurrent Enrollment Aid Application 2020-21 - 9/11/20
High schools that are partnering with eligible postsecondary institutions not accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (NACEP) or in the process of becoming accredited must complete this application in order to receive concurrent enrollment aid. Applications are due by October 30, 2020.
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Reference Guide - 8/20/19
A reference guide to assist students and parents, high school educators and Minnesota Colleges and Universities.
Concurrent Enrollment Program Basics - 10/20/15
One-page handout describes the basics of Concurrent Enrollment