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Title: Post Secondary Planning Night

Post Secondary Planning Night
  • South High School
  • Counseling Department

Where do I begin?
  • After high school, you have many possibilities
  • Community College System
  • Technical College System
  • State University System
  • University of Minnesota
  • Private Colleges
  • Out of State
  • Private Trade Schools
  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • Military
  • Work
  • AmeriCorps or other volunteer service
  • Check the weblinks for the above sites. A
    comprehensive reference for Minnesota students is
    the MN Careers Guidebook at

Selecting a college
  • This depends on many factors. Even if you decide
    not to go to college immediately after high
    school, still explore and apply. You will most
    likely go to college at sometime anyway, so it
    will be a good experience to go through the
    process, get recommendations and check all the
    options. Many colleges will give you a deferred
    entry for a year. What school you pick depends
    on your own preferences in the following areas
  • Location- Minnesota, Midwest, East .
  • Size- small 500-5000, mid 5-15 thousand
  • Urban/Rural/ Community Setting
  • Program Offerings- joint program offerings
  • Athletics or activities
  • Housing / campus life
  • Admission requirements
  • Study Abroad opportunities
  • Costs

Planning ahead
  • Use Web Sites- MCIS
  • Minnesota Career Information System
  • User name southhs password tigers
  • Visit College Fairs
  • Meet with college representatives
  • Use the Career Center
  • Computers/ web sites, searches, catalogs,
  • Take ACT / SAT1 2
  • May / June of Jr. Yr.
  • and/or Oct. / Nov. Sr. Yr
  • Visit the campus Spring break / Teacher
  • Plan visits with admissions
  • Visit classes, stay over in dorm, meet with
    teachers or coaches or students. / Campus tours

University of Minnesota System
  • More graduates from Minneapolis attend the
    University than other school.
  • Unfortunately, many students apply only to
    Duluth, if they live there, or to the
    Minneapolis campus, if that would be their home.
    Just because everyone else goes there and its
    in your hometown, doesnt necessarily make it a
    good fit. You owe it to yourself to check out
    more than one school.
  • Many students are better served at a MNSCU two or
    four year college. Perhaps it would be better to
    start there and then transfer to the University
    system in your final two years. Do keep an open
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • University of Minnesota Duluth
  • University of Minnesota Crookston

Admission requirementsFreshmen are admitted to
one of the eight colleges within the University.
Profiles of last falls freshmen class are
available for each college.
  • University of MN Twin Cities
  • Moved from a formula to a wholistic admissions
    process. Primary review factors include
  • Successful completion of a college preparatory
  • High school rank percentile.
  • Grade point average
  • ACT or SAT scores.
  • Strength of the curriculum through high school
    graduation, including courses that exceed the
    core subject requirements and any advanced
    courses (AP, IB, college level)
  • UMD- automatic 65 ile and above 40th 65th
    ile selectively
  • Morris- Selective policy- HS achievement and ACT
  • Crookston- Top Half of class or 21 and above on

Minnesota 4 year UniversitiesMinnesota State
Colleges and Universities -MnSCU
  • Bemidji State University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Minnesota State University- Moorhead
  • Saint Cloud State University
  • Southwest State University- Marshall
  • Winona State University
  • Average tuition and fees 3500 3700 Room and

Admission requirements
  • MnSCU Application
  • High School Transcript
  • 4 years English Social Studies
  • 3 years of Math (alg/trig)
  • 3 years science (chemistry)
  • 2 years of a foreign language
  • 1 year of arts
  • 50 or higher in class rank- depending on
  • ACT or SAT test (21 and above on ACT)

MnSCU Technical and Community Colleges
Technical and Community Colleges- 29 total
throughout state
Metro schools include Normandale Community
College- Bloomington Minneapolis Community and
Technical College- MCTC St. Paul Technical
College North Hennepin Community College Hennepin
Technical Colleges North South
Campuses Dakota County Technical College-
Rosemount Inver Hills Community College Century
College- White Bear Lake Admissions High Schoool
diploma- ACT or SAT not required Tuition and Fees
average annual cost - 2800
Outside states with tuition reciprocityNorth
and South Dakota and Univ. of Wisconsin System
  • University of WI Madison- Generally more
    difficult admissions than Uof M
  • University of Wisconsin-
  • Eau Claire, LaCrosse, Stevens Point,
    Oshkosh, River Falls, Stout, Green Bay,
    Platteville, Superior, Milwaukee, Parkside,
  • Generally same admissions as MnSCU.
    University of Wisconsin application used for all
    schools. Some schools are more selective than

Financial Aid Information
  • Free Application for Federal Student
    Assistance- (January)
  • Individual and family contributions.
  • Individual School scholarships/grants
  • Local scholarships
  • Work Study
  • Loans
  • Scholarship Bulletin
  • Wallin Scholarship
  • National Scholarships
  • Web Sites-
  • Career Center file

Private Schools
  • Admissions vary
  • ACT/ SAT Rank, GPA, Activities and
    Community Service
  • Challenge of courses taken
  • Costs vary - Macalester is 34 K, Martin Luther 9
  • Profile financial form
  • Be Aware, through the general sites (Princetone
    Review, etc.) and from individual college sites
    the meaning of the following terms and the
    deadlines that apply to each
  • Early admission
  • Early decision/early action
  • Common Application
  • On- line application
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Sending ACT /SAT scores

ACT/SAT differencesBoth tests are widely accepted
  • Act tests English grammar
  • ACT Math includes trigonometry
  • ACT has 215 scored questions
  • ACT does not penalize guessing
  • ACT has 4 sections- Math,Reading, Science
    Reasoning, English
  • ACT will add a writing section in 2005-06
  • Sat does not
  • SAT does not
  • SAT has 138 scored questions
  • SAT penalizes guessing
  • SAT has Verbal Math

ScoringACT- Top score is 36
per section, composite score is average of the
four sections. Maximum score is 36.National
average is approximately 21. South High
22-23SAT Top score is 800 per section.
Composite score is sum of verbal and math.
Maximum score is 1600.
Post Secondary Educational OpportunitiesThe
State of Minnesota provides for junior and senior
high school students to attend the following
schools on a competitive basis. Generally, you
will need to have a 3.8 to attend the U. of M.
For a two year college, juniors need a 3.0 and
seniors require a 2.5 G.P.A. Check the PSOP
office at individual colleges.
  • High School / College credit
  • University of Minnesota requirements
  • Community and Technical Colleges
  • Private Colleges
  • Free of cost to the students
  • Limited to length of traditional academic day
  • Application Process- Application, transcript,
    balance sheet, assessment test/ writing sample

Other opportunities
  • Military - Tuition assistance
  • ASVAB required qualifying scores
  • ROTC
  • Military Academies
  • Apprenticeship Programs called the other four
    year program.
  • Volunteer Service (AmeriCorps)

Suggested Web Sites
  • -
  • College search and SAT reg.
  • -
  • ACT registration
  • -
  • Explore career options, job openings, college
    programs etc
  • This is Minnesotas web portal for education and
    employment knowledge.
  • -
  • Username southhs
  • Password tigers
  • Current info on work, school, financial aid.
    Written especially for Minnesotans
  • - Minnesota private colleges
  • http// - Univeristy
    application online
  • common application online
  • In addition check the many web sites listed in
    the various lessons.