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Direct Admissions program launches in Minnesota

The program ensures graduating high school students know they qualify for admission to a variety of Minnesota colleges and universities, and eliminates the application fee for participating colleges and universities.

Graduation stock photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash
Graduation stock photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash
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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has launched Direct Admissions, a new program designed to promote college access. The program ensures graduating high school students know they qualify for admission to a variety of Minnesota colleges and universities, and eliminates the application fee for participating colleges and universities.

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Class of 2023 seniors from over 40 selected Minnesota high schools will be notified of their college options in the state. Students create a personalized list from over 50 Minnesota participating colleges and universities and then are notified of admission based on their academic records through junior year and projected graduation date. Once notified, students then complete a free admissions application for each of the colleges and universities they are interested in attending. Participating colleges are listed at ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2522 .

Significant disparities in educational attainment exist for Minnesota’s Black, Indigenous and other communities of color. Direct Admissions has potential to reduce equity gaps by providing important college-going information to high school students and eliminating the need for extensive college-going knowledge to navigate the complex college admissions process.

Direct Admissions Minnesota is a partnership project between K-12 and higher education, led by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Funding was secured by the 2021 Minnesota Legislative session.

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