Senior to Sophomore (S2S)

Student Handbook

This handbook describes the rigors of the S2S program, its policies and procedures and the resources available to students and educators involved in the program. We also have a S2S Program Overview Recording available for your viewing.

Our 2019-20 calendar outlines application and program deadlines for students, teachers and university faculty.

Upon request, Senior to Sophomore staff can travel to the high school to facilitate the application, registration and/or placement testing processes.

Please email us at s2s@stcloudstate.edu for more information.

Senior to Sophomore Student Overview

High School Student Flowchart

Student Eligibility

Students registered in St. Cloud State University courses should be challenged and capable of completing the course successfully. At a minimum, students should meet the eligibility criteria listed below. Please note that high schools may have additional requirements for their courses.

  • Seniors must meet one of the following:
    • Top half of their class
    • Nationally standardized test score listed below
    • 3.0 GPA
  • Juniors must meet one of the following:
    • Top third of their class
    • Nationally standardized test score listed below
    • 3.5 GPA
  • Sophomores must meet one of the following:
    • Top tenth of their class
    • Nationall standardized test score listed below
    • 3.75 GPA

Students may also be eligible for the program with the following nationally standardized test scores:

  • ACT: 23 or above composite score
  • Pre-ACT: 22 or above composite score
  • PLAN: 19 or above
  • SAT: 1070 or above (math & critical reading)
  • PSAT: 107 or above

Specific courses may require additional placement testing (see the Placement Testing/Pre-requisite section below). If there are questions or concerns about a student's readiness for the rigor of a university course, a decision would lie with the Senior to Sophomore instructor on record in consultation with the Senior to Sophomore program and the St. Cloud State University academic department.

Students must maintain a 2.0 SCSU GPA to continue in the program.

Eligibility Appeal

Students who do not meet the requirements may submit an appeal with support from their high school administration and Senior to Sophomore instructor of record. To appeal, a student must submit the following:

  • Completed appeal form
  • High school transcript
  • A letter from the student that explains why they do not meet the requirements, explains what steps they have taken to improve their academic standing and details how they expect to be successful in the course/program if admitted
  • A recommendation from a high school staff member (preferably an instructor in the discipline of the course of interest) that includes an assessment of the student’s ability to complete the course successfully

The program will review each appeal carefully and send a response to the student’s high school counselor.

Admission

Students should apply for the Senior to Sophomore program in the semester prior to the semester they will participate. Students who plan to participate in the fall semester should apply in the preceding spring semester, and students who plan to participate in the spring semester should apply in the preceding fall semester.

This is particularly important for fall semester students. All applications, appeals and placement testing for the fall semester should be completed prior to summer vacation. This will ensure a smooth registration process in the fall. Students must register at St. Cloud State University within the first 10 days of the course.

This step-by-step application tutorial document or student application tutorial video can guide students through the application process.

Placement Testing/Pre-requisites

The courses below require additional placement testing or pre-requisites. Each course will accept multiple measures. Scores must be on file with Senior to Sophomore prior to registration. If a student takes a placement test with St. Cloud State University, it will automatically be added to the student's record. External score reports should be submitted by the high school counseling office to s2s@stcloudstate.edu. Students missing scores will be prevented from registering.

MATH 112: College Algebra

  • A score of 22 on ACT Math
  • A score of 530 on SAT Math Composite
  • A score of 1158 on MN Comprehensive Assessment Math
  • A score of 60 on Intermediate Algebra Placement Test
  • A score of 50 on Accuplacer College Level Math
  • A score of 245 on Accuplacer Next Generation Advanced Algebra Functions

MATH 113: Trigonometry

  • Completion of MATH 112 College Algebra with C- or better
  • A score of 60 on Accuplacer College Level Math
  • A score of 255 on Accuplacer Next Generation Advanced Algebra Functions

MATH 115: Precalculus

  • A score of 24 on ACT Math
  • A score of 50 on Accuplacer College Level Math
  • A score of 65 on Intermediate Algebra Placement Test
  • A score of 250 on Accuplacer Next Generation Advanced Algebra Function

STAT 193: Statistical Thinking

  • A score of 20 on ACT Math
  • A score of 530 on SAT Math Composite
  • A score of 1148 on MN Comprehensive Assessment Math
  • A score of 70 on Accuplacer Elementary Algebra
  • A score of 60 on Intermediate Algebra Placement Test
  • A score of 50 on Accuplacer College Level Math
  • A score of 255 on Accuplacer Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning

ENGL 191: Introduction to Rhetorical and Analytical Writing

  • A score of 18 on ACT English
  • A score of 21 on ACT Reading
  • A score of 500 on OLD – Sat Verbal/Critical Reasoning
  • A score of 480 on SAT Evidence-Based Read/Write Composite
  • A score of 77.5 on Accuplacer Reading Comprehension
  • A score of 250 on Accuplacer Next Generation Reading

Registration

After successful admission to the Senior to Sophomore program, students will register for each course by logging into E-Services with their activated StarID. The registration window is open for the first 10 days of the course. After 10 days, students will no longer be able to register.

Registering for the high school course does not register a student for the St. Cloud State University course. The instructor and student must verify that the student is registered. Retroactive registration is not permitted in St. Cloud State University courses.

This step-by-step registration tutorial document or registration tutorial video can guide students through the registration process. Please contact your Senior to Sophomore instructor for your 6 digit course ID.

Dropping/Withdrawing

Senior to Sophomore students may drop their course without academic/financial penalty within the first two weeks of the course. Dropping a course will remove it from the student’s transcript.

Following the 2nd week and until 80% of the course has elapsed, S2S students may withdraw from their course and receive a grade of “W”. When a student withdraws from a class, the course does not affect GPA, but will be included when calculating the Credit Completion Rate as required for Financial Aid. For more information, please see https://www.stcloudstate.edu/srfs/policies/sap.aspx.

Students may drop/withdraw from their SCSU course prior to deadlines through their E-Services. They may also submit a drop/withdrawal form to s2s@stcloudstate.edu.

Drop and withdrawal dates will be provided to the instructor prior to the start of the course.

Key student services

  • Email: Use your StarID to access your account.
  • EServices: Use your StarID to access your E-Services which includes information to everything you need as a St. Cloud State University student. This is also where you can go to check your grades and order your transcript to be sent to another institution.
  • IT Services: Your Star ID and password also will allow St. Cloud State network access from home or campus. Miller Center Library computers provide direct access.
  • StarID Self-Service: The StarID is a username that replaces many login IDs with one ID, one password, everywhere. You only have one StarID: you use the same StarID across Minnesota State to log into many services like email, D2L Brightspace, and more.
  • Miller Center's Library. A library barcode, available from the S2S Program, allows checkout of books, publications and study tools and access to studies, databases and other materials. We ask students to activate their StarID before an in-person or online Miller Center visit.
    1. Students and faculty have access to all online databases and electronic journals on and off campus from any computer with Internet access. Questions: HuskyTech, 320-308-7000 
    2. You can access the library catalog and databases through the homepage.
    3. Library assistance is available 24/7 at Ask A Librarian
    4. Please see the library website for more information.
  • Campus visits. We encourage at least one campus visit arranged by the S2S Instructor. Your visit can be customized to meet the group's interests.

Student Grades and Transcripts

Students may view their grades and order transcripts by logging into E-Services using their StarID and password.

Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA to continue in the program. Credits earned through St. Cloud State University become part of the student’s permanent record. Performing poorly in a St. Cloud State University course through Senior to Sophomore can affect graduation from high school, future college admission, financial aid and academic standing.

Please contact the Office of Records and Registration with any questions about how to order a transcript.

St. Cloud State University is committed to the protection and confidentiality of student education records, and adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), established to regulate access and maintenance of student education records. All rights move to the student when that student is in a post-secondary education institution; parents, spouses, and significant others may not access a student’s education records without consent.

More information about St. Cloud State University’s Data Privacy and Data Practice can be found at https://www.stcloudstate.edu/policies/data-privacy/

Becoming a Degree-Seeking Student at St. Cloud State University

Students who wish to become degree-seeking students are eligible for an application fee waiver. The Senior to Sophomore program has a full-time admissions counselor dedicated to helping S2S students navigate their current and future postsecondary experience with St. Cloud State University. Please contact s2s@stcloudstate.edu for more information.