• Three things an up2U student will NEVER tell you!

    Find out what's up with up2U.

  • Success is up2U

    up2U is an incentive-based program that supports learning and successful university transfer.


An up2U student will NEVER tell you...

  1. "You have to fill out an application." No, you don't. To participate in up2U, there's no application form to complete. All you have to do is register for an orientation session. Scroll to the bottom of this page to register for an orientation session.
  2. "You have to pay a fee." There's no fee for participation in up2U, but a transfer scholarship awaits you upon successful completion of the program.
  3. "You have to have a high GPA." While it's certainly important to maintain solid academic standing while enrolled at M State, your GPA is not the only factor in determining the amount of your transfer scholarship.
Success is up2U

Success is up2U


What's up with up2U?

Welcome to M State! You've reached this web page because you're interested in signing up to participate in the up2U program, a unique competency-based program designed to support learning and motivate students to persist toward university transfer and degree completion. The up2U program can also lead to significant savings from a scholarship award at one of our up2U partner universities. This program is designed to prepare you for success at M State and beyond!

  • Research shows that 71 percent of students who complete a two-year degree and transfer to a university earn a degree within four years. up2U motivates students to complete a two-year degree, transfer to university and earn a university degree, all within four years.
  • The average amount of student loan debt incurred by university graduates is $29,000. Completion of the up2U program can lead to a scholarship award at one of our partner universities, thus reducing the amount of student loan debt and its lingering burden on students.
  • Only 30 percent of students who begin their studies at a community college go on to complete a degree within two years. up2U provides not only an incentive for students to complete a degree but also targeted academic interventions to support learning.
  • Today's employers are looking for employees who can think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively. up2U supports students in developing and mastering these skills considered essential for access to and success in the workplace.


Is up2U for you?

To be eligible for the up2U program, students need to:

  • Enroll in a minimum of 9 credits per semester at M State
  • Attend a mandatory up2U orientation session on campus or online
  • Remain in good academic standing with a minimum of 2.5 GPA and no academic warnings or suspensions
  • Continuously enroll every semester (excluding summer)
  • Complete a degree within three years from the first semester enrolled
  • Take the CLA+ performance task assessment upon completion at M State
  • Apply and enroll at an up2U partner university and continuously maintain at least a 3.0 GPA during the first year of full-time enrollment

* Only new students enrolling at M State are eligible to participate in up2U. Transfer students are not eligible for the program.


What type of scholarship will I receive?

At the core of the program is significant savings from a scholarship award for the first year of full-time enrollment at an up2U partner university. The amount of the award is based on your cumulative GPA and CLA+ test scores. Each up2U university partner sets its own award amount based on these two measures, ranging from $500 to $5,000 for one academic year.

Your scholarship will be based on the leveraging between the cumulative GPA and competency demonstrated on the College Learning Assessment + (CLA+) performance task. Students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher through completion at M State are eligible to participate in up2U. The amount of tuition savings is based partially on the student's performance on the CLA+. Competency levels demonstrated on the CLA+ augment, validate or offset the student's cumulative GPA upon completion of an M State degree or the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.


up2U Fall 2016 Orientation Session Campus Locations

The registration deadline for fall 2016 orientation is Sunday, September 11, 2016.

Register by selecting a campus in the "up2U Registration and Orientation" section below.


9/15/16, 1:30 pm in B101


9/13/16, 10 am in S436

9/13/16, 2 pm in S436

9/16/16, 1 pm in S436


9/14/16, 11 am in A113

9/14/16, 12 pm in A113


9/15/16, 10 am in S2

9/15/16, 11 am in S2


9/13/16 at 6:30 pm

9/13/16 at 8 pm

9/14/16 at 7:30 pm

9/14/16 at 9 pm

9/16/16 at 8:30 am

9/16/16 at 10 am

*Students who sign up for a webinar will receive a link to join the webinar in an email.


up2U Registration and Orientation

If you are ready to enroll in the up2U program, select a campus below to register for orientation. After you have RSVP'd for an orientation date, you will receive an email notification indicating your acceptance status in the program and confirming your orientation date.

*Reminder: Only new students enrolling at M State are eligible to participate in up2U. Current or transfer students are not eligible for the program.

Select your Campus:

Detroit Lakes
Fergus Falls
eCampus (Webex session)