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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College
MSC Southeast
Yes - Spring 2021

Spring Semester 2021: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Q: Can I go to college at Minnesota State College Southeast in Spring 2021?

A: YES! We are ready to welcome students in Spring Semester 2021. We have adapted to safely serve you and provide an extraordinary education. We are following state and national guidelines to ensure a safe environment. We are here to help you achieve your educational goals! [Learn more about how to apply here.]

Q: Will it be safe for me to attend classes in Spring Semester?

A: YES!  Protecting the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff is our top priority. MSC Southeast will continue follow the guidance of the MDH, the CDC, and the government of the State of Minnesota. We are part of the COUNT ON ME Campaign to: 

  • Mask up - Masks are required in all campus buildings and outdoors when close to others.
  • Back up – Keep a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others in addition to wearing a mask. Seats have been blocked or rearranged in classrooms, The Roost, and common areas to ensure safe distancing.
  • Wash up – Wash your hands and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in shared spaces. Campus maintenance staff are ensuring that all college facilities are cleaned and sanitized.
  • Check up - Everyone must complete the online COVID-19 Self-Assessment to screen for symptoms before coming to campus. 

Review our Student FAQ page for more information. Details are spelled out in our Covid-19 Preparedness Plan.

Q: Which classes will be held on campus, and which classes will be held using alternative modes of delivery (such as online)?

A: As a technical and community college, many of our programs require hands-on training in our labs, including most majors in Engineering, Manufacturing & Trades; Health Sciences; Cosmetology; Musical Instrument Repair; and Transportation Careers. At this time, these programs will be held on campus, unless there are any further COVID-19-related restrictions.

To keep the number of people on-campus as low as possible, most other courses will be held using distance learning technologies. These include majors in Business & Management; Education & Human Services; Information Technologies; and Liberal Arts & Sciences. This is a good time to strengthen your computer skills as we all prepare for a future that's changing because of Covid-19. 

Even before COVID-19, almost 40% of our classes were delivered online -- our excellent, experienced instructors will make sure you get the best education possible if you are taking classes via distance learning technologies. We are here to support you!

Q: How are on-campus classes adapting to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff?

A: On-campus programs are held following safety guidelines such as social distancing, limited class sizes, and rigorous cleaning procedures. Seating arrangements in classrooms have been modified so that students are spaced at intervals consistent with social distancing. Campus maintenance staff are making sure that facilities are cleaned and sanitized every day. 

Our faculty have developed creative solutions to make sure on-campus students have a safe and exciting learning environment! They are using new technologies such as high-definition projectors for lab demonstrations, and Hy-Flex so students can choose to attend class in person or via Zoom. Instructors are designing lab projects that can be completed at home, reducing the number of students in the classroom on a given day. 

Q: What happens if the COVID-19 situation gets worse?

A: We are continuously monitoring the college’s positive case reports and working closely with local and state agencies. While we are confident that the strategies we have put in place will allow the college to operate safely, we are aware that health department or state guidelines may change. 

Because of this, our faculty and staff are prepared to quickly pivot if it becomes necessary. Each program that has an on-campus component has prepared a plan with specific actions to take if instruction must be moved off campus/online. 

Q: Are student services available? 

A: YES!  All student services that we normally offer, including tutoring, advising, financial aid and more, are still available. These services are offered by phone, email, Zoom, or in person. To speak with Student Affairs staff, please call or email the office that you are looking to contact and a staff member will respond to you and find the best way to connect with you. (See a list of Frequent College Contacts.) You may also call our main phone number (507-453-2700) or stop by the Front Desk to request assistance in connecting with a Student Affairs staff member.

Q: Can I meet with an admissions representative?

A: YES!  Our admissions representatives are available to meet with you by appointment. See our Campus Visits page for information and to sign up for a virtual or personal tour. 

Contact enrollmentservices@southeastmn.edu to set up an appointment or to find out about upcoming virtual open houses, video drop-in sessions, and other opportunities to learn about Southeast. 

Q: Can I take classes at Minnesota State College Southeast and transfer the credits to another college or university?

A: YES! This can be a great strategy for maintaining your progress towards your educational goals while staying close to home. MSC Southeast offers the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC) and several Transfer Pathway degrees which are accepted for transfer to other state colleges and universities, the University of Minnesota, and many private colleges and universities. 

Q: I have questions. Can I talk with someone about this?

A: YES!  Prospective students, please email us at enrollmentservices@southeastmn.edu or give us a call at 877-853-8324. Current students, please stop by the Front Desk for assistance or see a list of Frequent College Contacts for emails and phone numbers.

 

 


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Minnesota State College Southeast is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer. ADA accessible. MSC Southeast is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation. In addition, discrimination in employment base on membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited.

 

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