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Youth in Transition Toolkit:


Postsecondary education and training


Enrollment requirements

Does the youth know the enrollment requirements for their selected postsecondary education or training options?

Entrance requirements for a given college or training program apply to all students, including students with disabilities. Depending on the program, admission criteria may include any of the following: 

  • Minimum high school GPA and/or class rank
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Transcript showing core coursework, such as a foreign language, math, science and English
  • Score level on an application essay
  • Score level on a standardized test, such as the ACT or SAT
  • Course placement tests, which may include reading, writing, math, foreign language or music performance
  • Awareness: Understand the concept of enrollment requirements for specific postsecondary education and training options. These might include PSEO or concurrent enrollment during high school, community education, workforce training programs, apprenticeship programs, military opportunities, and certificate or degree programs at trade or technical schools, two-year colleges or four-year colleges and universities.
  • Exploration: Explore enrollment requirements for chosen postsecondary education and training options.
  • Preparation: Practice completing enrollment requirements for chosen postsecondary education and training options.
  • Implementation: Complete enrollment requirements for chosen postsecondary education and training options.

Postsecondary education counseling

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LEARN: Develop your knowledge

Learn how to support youth in exploring enrollment requirements.

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DO: Work with youth

Find resources to help youth explore enrollment requirements.

Admission policies and tests: The rules of college admission from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education helps youth understand how selective the admissions process will be depending on the type of school they're considering.

The Minnesota Goes to College initiative provides the high school planning checklist (PDF), a handy college and career checklist for youth from 9th to 12th grade.

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