Welcome to Minnesota North College from the Academic Advising Department!

Our advisors and counselors empower students to develop a vision and a plan for their academic goals. We are your personal advocate while you are at Minnesota North College from the day you walk through our doors to the day you walk out as a graduate, and beyond.

Once you have been accepted to Minnesota North College, you will be assigned an academic advisor or counselor based on your program of study and/or TRIO/SSS eligibility. They will help you build a personalized academic plan and provide information and referrals to help ensure your success.

Your Minnesota North College counselor/advisor will help you:

  • Explore your career goals to find a program that matches those goals
  • Select classes to take each semester
  • Stay on track with completing degree requirements
  • Navigate your college experience and access college and community resources
  • Transfer to another college or university

When you have a question and don’t know who to ask or where to turn, we’re here to help. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss any questions concerning your academic experience.

*Note: academic advisors and counselors can both assist you with your academics, while counselors specifically can help you with personal, crisis, and career counseling services. Our counselors are available to meet with any student needing these resources. Counseling Services

Course Placement

Minnesota North College course placement process determines a student’s readiness for reading, writing, and mathematics courses. It is used to assist a student with the selection of appropriate courses to help assure a student’s success. All degree-seeking students are required to satisfy course placement. Course placement can be determined using one or a combination of the following information:

· High school GPA – valid within the last 10 calendar years

· Scores form ACT, SAT, MN Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) – valid within the last 5 calendar years

· Standardized score reports from Advance Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB)

· Completion of college-level coursework from an accredited U.S. college or university

· Accuplacer test scores

· Self-Guided Placement – if you don’t have valid high school GPA or other score reports mentioned above

Placement Information & Exemptions

· High School GPA

o Students must have a 2.6 cumulative GPA or higher in order to be considered college-ready in reading and writing.

o Students must have a 2.8 cumulative GPA & have passed Advanced Algebra (Alg II) with a C- or better to be considered college-ready for math.

· If students do not meet the high school stand-alone GPA, multiple measures are evaluated for placement.

You are exempt from all assessment requirements if you:

· Have an associate or bachelor’s degree or higher, or

· Have completed courses at another college/university (i.e. Comp 1 and college level math)

College Level Reading Placement Measures:

o High School GPA 2.60 or higher

o ACT Reading score of 21+ OR 19-20 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+

o SAT Evidence based reading and writing test score of 480+ OR 440-479 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+

o MCA Reading score: 1047+ OR 1042-1046 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+

o Next Generation Reading Accuplacer 250+ OR 236-249 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+

o Guided self-placement

College Level Writing Placement Measures:

· College Composition 1 – Engl 1231

o High School GPA 2.6 or higher

o ACT English score of 18+ OR 16-17 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+

o SAT Evidence based reading/writing score of 480+ OR 440-479 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+

o MCA – there is no applicable MCA score for college writing placement

o Next Generation Reading Accuplacer 250+ OR 236-249 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+

o Guided self-placement

College Level Math Placement Measures:

· College Algebra – Math 1220

· Trigonometry – Math 1225

· Precalculus – Math 1300

o High School GPA 2.8 or higher with Alg II (Advanced Alg). Grade C- or better

o ACT MATH score of 22+ OR 20-21 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.7+

o SAT MATH score of 530+ OR 520-529 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.7+

o MCA score 1158+ OR 1152-1157 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.7+

o Next Generation Accuplacer Adv. Alg. & Functions test 250+ OR 236-249 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.7+

o Intermediate Algebra Accuplacer 60+

o Math Guided self-placement

· Liberal Arts Math – Math 1200

· Statistics — Math 1215

· Math for Elementary Teachers (if needed for major) – Math 1100

· Intermediate Algebra (not a college level course) – Math 0300

o High School GPA 2.3-2.79

o Next Generation Accuplacer Advanced Alg & Functions 230-249

o Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Alg & Stats 250+

o Intermediate Alg 40-59

o Next Generation Arithmetic 280+

o MCA score 1150+ OR 1146-1149 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.7+

o Math Guided self-placement

· Calculus 1 – Math 1311

o Next Generation Advanced Alg & Functions test 276+

o ACT math score 27+

If you are not able to meet the multiple measures above for placement and decide an Accuplacer test is needed for course placement, you can review practice tests prior to completing the test(s). Preparation: Next Generation Accuplacer Sample Questions · Reading Sample Questions · Arithmetic Sample Questions · Quantitative Reasoning Sample Questions · Intermediate Algebra Sample Questions · Advanced Algebra Sample Questions ACCUPLACER FREE STUDY APP: https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login

More practice sites: Review “NEXT GENERATION” tests · http://www.mathhelp.com/accuplacer-math-test-prep/ · https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/student/practice · https://www.learningexpresshub.com/productengine/LELIndex.html#/center/college-center/home · Student Review Materials (This site is not endorsed by ICC or the Accuplacer College Board. However, students have found this review helpful in preparing for the placement tests.) · Accuplacer Sample Test Questions · Math Practice Exams with Video Solutions (developed by ARCC Math Dept.)

Advising Staff By Campus

Meet your Minnesota North College advising staff:

Lisa Bestul
College Counselor
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Jennifer Boben
TRIO Student Support Services Director and Accessibility Services
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Christina Brown
Academic Advisor, TRIO Student Support Services
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Michelle Chamernick
Academic Advisor, TRIO Student Support Services
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Mary Iozzo
Academic Advisor
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Charlene Norlander
Academic Advisor/PSEO Advisor
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Melissa Wilson
TRIO Student Support Services Counselor
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Becky Niemi
College Counselor
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Amie Furlong
TRIO Student Support Services Counselor
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Jackie Gallop
Academic Advisor, TRIO Student Support Services
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Elizabeth Gillman
Academic Advisor, TRIO Student Support Services
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Ann Vidovic
Program Supervisor – TRIO Student Support Services and Accessibility Services
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218.322.2433 Office
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Kim Damiani
Academic Advisor
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Joe Umlauf
Academic Advisor


Kelly Dailey
TRIO Student Support Services Counselor
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Tom Inforzato
Academic Advisor/Head Football Coach

Davis Lamppa
TRIO & IRE Academic Advisor
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Kevin Langdon
Academic Advisor

Antavius Thomas
Academic Advisor/Assistant Football Coach

Christopher Vito
PSEO Advisor/Head Baseball Coach
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Jennifer Willard
Director of TRIO Student Support Services/TRIO Advisor
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Matt Jarva
TRIO and Technical Program Academic Advisor

Sabrina Skeens
College Counselor
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Amy Amundsen
TRIO Student Support Services Academic Advisor, PSEO Advisor
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Brad Krasaway
Director of Operations, Academic Advisor
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Shelly Koenig
Academic Advisor
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Kate Cowley
College Counselor

Marcia Chambers
TRIO Retention Specialist – Academic Advisor
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Annette Horvat
Supervisor for Academic Resources & TRIO Student Support Services
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Molly Johnston
Academic Advisor – Assessment – Accessibility Services
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