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For Concurrent Enrollment -

When you choose to take a concurrent enrollment course, you are beginning your college career and should consider these factors:

  • The grade you earn in the course will be on your permanent college transcript and will affect your GPA and attempted credits.
  • Your future application for financial aid takes several factors into consideration, but your academic standing based on GPA and attempted credits are among them.
  • You should expect to work hard at a college-level course.
If you are struggling, you should consider dropping or withdrawing from the class. These are two different procedures. See Dropping or Withdrawing to see how.

Students need to meet two levels of qualifications. The first is for participation in concurrent enrollment; the second is to meet the specific requirements, or prerequisites, for the particular course they would like to take.

MCTC is in a review process for change on both of these levels, so please check back for changes on how to qualify for Fall 2018 courses.

Program Qualifications

  • Juniors need to:
    • Have a 3.0 GPA, or
    • Rank in the top one-third of their class, or
    • Submit a score of at least the 70th percentile on SAT or ACT
  • Seniors need to:
    • Have a 2.5 GPA, or
    • Rank in the top one-half of their class, or
    • Submit a score of at least the 50th percentile on SAT or ACT
  • Freshmen and Sophomores need to:
    • Rank in the top 10 percent of their class, or
    • Submit a score of at least the 90th percentile on a standardized national test

Students who would like to participate but do NOT meet the requirements may submit a form from a high school official indicating reasons for the student’s readiness.

Course Qualifications

  • Each course has different prerequisites, which can be found under course descriptions.
  • Many prerequisites are based on a placement score on the Accuplacer test and you can contact your high school instructor or counselor to arrange testing. You do have the option of taking the Accuplacer at no cost at MCTC and will find the testing center schedule here.
  • Students should strive to do their best on the Accuplacer test. The test score will determine whether they will be allowed to register into a particular course.
  • Often SAT or ACT or other scores can be submitted in lieu of the Accuplacer placement scores listed. High school instructors have a list of all acceptable submissions.

Why Students Must Meet Minimum Qualifications

The Minnesota State legislature, in approving funding for concurrent enrollment, has determined the minimum requirements for students to participate in concurrent enrollment. The requirements are the same as for PSEO participation.

  • Each college has its own requirements for taking specific courses. MCTC’s goal for all students is to be successful and the course prerequisites are in place to help ensure students are ready for the particular demands of each course.
  • The grades earned in concurrent enrollment courses are part of the students’ permanent college transcript. Beginning a transcript with poor grades or withdrawals can jeopardize a student’s future financial aid and academic standing (academic probation or suspension).
  • Accreditation standards require colleges to uphold the same course standards for concurrent enrollment students as for students on campus.

Most high school instructors will help students through these steps:

  1. Submit an application form : www.minneapolis.edu/ceapply
  2. Submit a high school transcript to concurrent.enrollment@minneapolis.edu unless you have previously taken MCTC courses. If your transcript shows you do not meet the program requirements (listed under “Who qualifies”) you may request a school official to submit a form called an exemption petition. This will explain how you have demonstrated readiness for college courses.
  3. Submit score reports to concurrent.enrollment@minneapolis.edu to demonstrate course prerequisites. High school teachers have details on how to present score submissions.

If you change your mind about taking a course for college credit, you can drop or withdraw. This is not a decision that should be taken lightly, so discuss it with your teacher or counselor.

Dropping a Course:

  • You can drop a concurrent enrollment course within 14 days from when the course began.
  • After you drop a course, it will not be on your transcript, and it will be as if you had not registered for the course.
  • If you drop the course at the high school and stop attending, that does NOT mean you will be dropped from the course at the college. You must make a request from MCTC to drop you from the course.
  • How to drop will give you instructions on dropping your course electronically, or you can drop using this Drop/Withdrawal Form.

Withdrawing From a Course

  • You should consider withdrawal if you understand you may receive a poor or failing grade in the course. A withdrawal is much less harmful than a poor grade when beginning your college career.
  • If you missed the deadline for dropping the course you can still withdraw from the course. Withdrawal deadlines vary, so discuss this with your instructor.
  • With a withdrawal, you will get no grade and it will not affect your GPA, but your transcript will reflect that you registered for the course, and the incompleted credits will be part of your attempted vs. completed credit ratio. These ratios are taken into consideration for academic probation, suspension and for financial aid.
  • You are allowed to withdraw from the class at MCTC but continue attending the class for high school credit.
  • How to withdraw will give you instructions on withdrawing electronically, or you can withdraw using this Drop/Withdrawal Form.

Concurrent enrollment credits are highly transferable.

  • According to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, 98 percent of Minnesota postsecondary institutions accept and award college credit for concurrent credit and PSEO courses.
  • National data indicates that about 92% of concurrent enrollment credits earned are able to successfully transfer.

However, each institution has the prerogative to determine if and how they will accept or apply credits. Students who know where they will likely attend after high school graduation should contact that institution to understand their policies regarding acceptance of concurrent enrollment credits.

Students hold the responsibility for requesting transfer of credits. This will never happen automatically.

Use this link for instructions: requesting a transcript.

Students who attend MCTC after high school graduation do not need to take any steps for ensuring their earned credits are recorded. They are already part of the student’s MCTC transcript.

  • Students who are participating in College NOW concurrent enrollment courses are considered MCTC students. They have access to College resources to help them succeed in their classes.
  • Resources include on-site or on-line library resources, tutoring for your CE course, computer labs, or consultations with an advisor.
  • In addition, students taking College NOW concurrent enrollment courses can attend MCTC activities and events for free or at student rates. In some cases, students can participate in College clubs or organizations.


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