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College Now: The SMSU Concurrent Enrollment Program

Mission Statement

College Now: The SMSU Concurrent Enrollment program provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit by means of a high quality experience in the high school comparable to that of the university classroom.

College Now classes are university level classes offered at the high school to junior and senior students during their regular school day. (High school students reduce duplication of classes and save time and money by earning both high school and university credits at the same time.) Our program is accredited by the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), which ensures that the courses offered through College Now are being taught at a rigor equivalent to courses offered on our campus.

Instructors are qualified high school teachers who meet SMSU requirements and faculty approval to be facilitative teachers. Instructor qualifications, syllabi, assignments, textbooks, exams and grading requirements are equivalent to those at SMSU. Classes are monitored by supervising faculty from SMSU.

SMSU has selected a group of courses appropriate for delivery to regional high schools via College Now. The majority of these courses are lower-division, general education courses that have been certified as meeting the requirements of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. This designation indicates the course meets state-wide curricular standards. Students who successfully complete such a course (with a grade of C- or better) are assured of course acceptance at any of Minnesota’s public colleges and universities. Additionally, the courses are generally accepted at any college or university. SMSU believes these courses offer College Now participants flexible educational options for their future college careers and support statewide higher education goals.

  • Inspire increasing numbers of high school students to attend college;
  • Promote student self-confidence;
  • Provide advanced-learning opportunities for motivated students;
  • Introduce students to the procedures and protocol of the university setting;
  • Increase the probability of students completing a degree in four years or less; and
  • Strengthen relationships between high schools and SMSU.


Withdraw Dates

2023-2024 (80% of the course)

  • Fall Courses: Friday, December 8th
  • Full Year Courses:  Friday, April 5th
  • Spring Courses:  Friday, April 26th

(The exception to these dates is trimester courses. For specific trimester course withdrawal dates, contact Ellie Ahmann.)


Contact Information

Jessica Mensink
Director of Concurrent Enrollment
BA 264
1501 State Street
Marshall MN 56258
(507) 537-6390
Ellie Ahmann
Assistant Director of College Now
BA 266
1501 State Street
Marshall MN 56258
(507) 537-6138

nacep accredited

SMSU College Now is accredited by the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships