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Concurrent Enrollment

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Concurrent Enrollment allows juniors and seniors to take free college-level courses at their high school through partnerships between high schools and local colleges and universities. Common names for concurrent enrollment include College in the Schools, CEP, and College Now, in addition to others.

Here are a few advantages of concurrent enrollment:

  • The course work is college-level. You may do better in college classes later because you'll know what to expect.
  • You take college-level courses in your high school. This gives you a taste of college within the safety of your high school walls.
  • Students will earn both high school and college credit by passing the course. This can save you time and money when you actually get to college.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate?

You must be a public high school junior or senior in order to participate. Contact your counselor's office or school district to see if you are eligible. Dual Credit Comparison Chart for more information.

How do I earn college credit?

You earn credit based on your academic performance in the course, the same as you would with any high school or college class. If you pass the class, the college that partners with your high school will award you college credit for the class. The credit can be transferred into that college or another school.

It is always a good idea to ask your teacher which college you are earning credit from in every concurrent enrollment class that you take. If you take multiple concurrent enrollment classes at your high school, you may be earning college credit from multiple colleges and universities - even if they are being taught by the same teacher.

Do all colleges and universities accept these credits?

Many colleges and universities in Minnesota accept credits earned through concurrent enrollment classes, and in fact treat these credits like they would if you were a college transfer student. There are situations in which colleges and universities may not award credit for participating in a concurrent enrollment class. Even if you pass the class, it can depend on what course you take, what college is partnering with your high school, and how class fits into your intended major in college. It is always best to check with the college first to make sure you are taking a course that will help you save time and money on college.

To see what schools accept concurrent enrollment and PSEO credit, see the embedded Tableau table here.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to the student.

Who teaches the course?

The class is taught by a high school teacher.

Where is the class taught?

The class is held at your high school just like the rest of your classes.

Learn More

To learn whether your high school participates in concurrent enrollment, talk with your school counselor.


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