InCollege earn Inver Hills credits now

Jump-start your college education for free!

InCollege allows high school students to earn college and high school credit simultaneously — all from the comfort of your high school classroom. All classes offered through InCollege are free and guaranteed to transfer to most colleges and universities in the region.

What is InCollege?

InCollege is a new program at Inver Hills Community College that offers high school students the opportunity to take Inver Hills Community College classes while still in high school. The college courses offered are considered “concurrent” because they meet both high school and college requirements. They are also part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum at Inver Hills and are guaranteed to be accepted at all of Minnesota’s public colleges and universities, and most of the state’s private colleges and universities.

Who is eligible?

To qualify, students must:

  • Be high school juniors who are in the top third of their class or high school seniors who are in the top half of their class,     
  • Complete the College Board Accuplacer exam and score 78 and above on reading test or successfully completed Inver Prep course work with C or above grade. (Math scores will be provided to the high school based on the Math class the high school offers).

When do students participate?

Students who participate in InCollege Language Arts path are identified and tested during 10th grade and then participate in the program in 11th and 12th grades. Students who participate in InCollege Math path are identified and tested in 11th grade and participate in InCollege program during their senior year.          

Where does this program take place?

Students stay in their own high schools to participate in the program and visit Inver Hills Community College about twice a year for special activities.

How does this fit with students’ high school curriculum?

InCollege program facilitates close collaboration between high school teachers and college faculty that fosters alignment of secondary and postsecondary curriculum. The college courses offered in the program are considered “concurrent” because they meet both high school and college requirements.                                        

Who will be teaching the courses – a high school teacher or a college instructor?

The short answer is both, but mainly the high school teacher. The InCollege program establishes a mentoring system between the college instructor and the high school teacher. The high school teacher may have to put in some additional time initially to learn the new curriculum and to attend professional workshops during the summer, but the program is also designed so the college instructor is there to help and support the high school teacher.

Ready to succeed in college

With some college credits completed and a taste of what college is like, InCollege students can confidently head off to college ready to succeed.

Cost savings

The cost of the InCollege program is free for participating students, which means a lot of money is saved when compared to a traditional Inver Hills student.         

Number of Credits

Traditional Inver Hills student

InCollege student

Language Arts Path

Cost of 12 credits (4 courses) plus   Books

    $2,640.76

      $0

Math Path

Cost of 4 credits   (1 course) plus Books

      $847.92

       $0

Completed college courses

InCollege students in the Language Arts path completes four college courses in 11th and 12th grades and students in the Math path completes one college course. All course in the program are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum at Inver Hills and are guaranteed to be accepted at all of Minnesota’s public colleges and universities, and most of the state’s private colleges and universities. Unlike AP, InCollege students will receive a college grade on a college transcript. In other words, InCollege students have a major jump on college courses even before they graduate high school.

Advantage of InCollege

InCollege students benefit from taking free college credits while they are in high school. It's a great transition and introduction to College and it allows earlier completion of general education requirements.