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MN Career Information System
Guide to College Admissions
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Post High School Options


Your options for 4-year colleges are many, including private and public schools. These

types of schools offer bachelor’s degrees, which are usually completed in four years of full-time study. Some 4-year colleges also have graduate schools that offer master’s and doctoral degrees.


These 2-year options can also be private or public schools. The most common types

of 2-year colleges are community colleges. Typically a 2-year college is less expensive

than a 4-year college. Two-year diplomas, certificates and degrees are offered through

these schools. Many students will begin at a 2-year college and then transfer to a 4-year

university to pursue an advanced degree.


Most technical colleges offer certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in many fields.

Your typical length at a technical college will depend on your program choice and if you

choose to be a full-time student. Most students attend technical colleges for two years. The

programs and degrees offered at a technical college are very specific and great options for

those students who want to enter the work force quickly.


The military offers many educational opportunities for students in return for their service

to their country. Once you have decided the military is something you may want to

pursue, you must meet all the requirements at the Military Entrance Processing Station.

Our counselors and the College and Career Center (CCC) can connect you with the

recruitment officers, who can ensure you meet all the necessary requirements before high

school graduation.


Students may choose to go directly into the work force after high school graduation. If

you know you would like to pursue a career that requires no further education, or have

been offered a job within a company that will provide you the training you need, this may

be an option for you. A meeting with your counselor will help you in planning, if this is

the route you wish to take.


When choosing to do a gap year, students should consider what they would be doing to

advance or enrich themselves both personally and professionally. Students can choose

from an array of opportunities, including things like – learning a trade, volunteer work,

travel, internships and sports. Gap year opportunities should assist in improving students’

knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership, independence and self-sufficiency.

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Direct Admissions 
SAGE Students have access to 55 MN colleges that allow direct admission. To learn more, visit: OHE Direct Admissions or talk to school counselor, Cam Reed

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