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Life After RHS - What are Your Plans?

It is never too early to start planning your educational future after high school! Our Career & College Readiness (CCR) Program Coordinator, Julie Magnuson, and our grade-level counselors are here to help you sort through your questions about postsecondary options. Whether you are an incoming ninth-grader or getting ready to complete your final year of high school, we are eager to assist you in your planning process. We want all students to establish a postsecondary plan that you are excited about and is a best fit for your interests and aspirations!

Our Purpose

The purpose of the career and college readiness program in Richfield Public Schools is to equip students with the knowledge, insight and skills that will lead to postsecondary success. We define postsecondary success as students being ready, upon high school graduation, for further education and/or training that will lead to fulfilling careers. As directly stated in our Strategic Plan: “We will ensure all students learn about postsecondary options to set them up for success in their futures.” In other words, our goal is to help you achieve your goals!

Direct Admissions

You are college ready.

Seniors, we have an exciting announcement! Richfield High School has chosen to participate in the Direct Admissions pilot program through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. That means every senior at Richfield High School who is on track to graduate in spring 2023 has the opportunity to participate in the Direct Admissions program, which automatically accepts you into various colleges and universities based on your academic performance — and applying to these colleges is free!

What is Direct Admissions? 

The Direct Admissions program is designed to promote college access by ensuring that all graduating high school students know that they qualify for admission to a variety of Minnesota colleges and universities. This program is coordinated by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Education, selected high schools, and participating colleges and universities. This program is funded by the State of Minnesota.

What are the next steps?

  1. Review your personalized list of colleges and universities in the email that will be sent to your RPS email on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Then confirm your interest in one or more of the colleges to which you have been directly admitted on the Google form that was in the notification email. If you select "yes" on the form,  you are interested in being directly admitted for fall 2023. After you confirm your interest, the colleges or universities will follow up with you with more information. Can’t find the email? Reach out to the CCR Center.

  2. Review your institutions' application deadlines and submit applications. When you are ready to apply, check out the websites for the colleges you are most interested in to make sure you have all your application materials ready (some schools may require an essay, test scores or other materials). Please note:  Although your application fees will be waived, you must still meet the application deadlines, even if you are applying through Direct Admissions.

  3. Get help paying for college! You can apply for financial aid by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (check out our FAQ for more information on getting help with your FAFSA!)


October 1, 2022:
Every senior at Richfield High School who is on track to graduate in June 2023 received a personalized email about Direct Admissions on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. The email includes the colleges you are eligible to be accepted into via Direct Admissions. Can’t find the email? Reach out to the CCR Center. 

Once you receive your Direct Admissions communication:
Explore your options! Determine which college or university is the best fit for you. Visit and use the college search tool to compare college profiles, program options, institution size, tuition and much more. Schedule a visit to your top colleges, get a feel for the campus and don't forget to reach out and ask questions! 

October 6, 2022, at 6 p.m. in the RHS auditorium:
Join us for conferences, where we will have a joint presentation with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education on Direct Admissions. 

October 2022-Spring 2023:
It's time to start applying! 

  • Complete your free applications to the colleges and universities that you are interested in.
  • Complete the FAFSA and explore financial aid options. 
  • Make your final decision.

Direct Admissions FAQs

College Planning & Application Resources

College Entrance Exams

Financial Aid

Career & College Readiness Calendar

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Sun, Jan 29
Tue, Jan 31
Hennepin Technical College Open House
Hennepin Technical College - Brooklyn Park Campus
Wed, Feb 1
Genesys Works Info Session #2
CCR Center
Thu, Feb 2
Fri, Feb 3
Sat, Feb 4
Sun, Feb 5
Mon, Feb 6
Tue, Feb 7
US Marine Corp Visit
CCR Center
Wed, Feb 8
Page Grant Scholarship Rep Visit
CCR Center
Fri, Feb 10
Sat, Feb 11
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CCR News & Scholarship Information

The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the U.S. This is for JUNIORS. Deadline is Feb. 23, 2023.

  • CCR News

More Postsecondary Options

The Military

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Branches of the military offer training in almost 1,500 different occupations. Many of these are similar to occupations found in civilian life. If you are considering the military as an option after high school, approach this decision in the same manner as college selection. Speak to representatives in each branch of the service to gain more insight on the demands and benefits of each branch. Be sure to discuss your plans with your parents and arrange a meeting with military representatives and your parents so they may benefit from the discussion as well. Learn more about all of these options on the military website or the U.S. Department of Defense website, or meet with Ms. Magnuson in the CCR Center.


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Internships are usually short-term work experiences, but can last 40 hours or more. Internships extend a career field or pathway beyond the classroom to outside the school, and can help a job-seeker reach their career goal through building experience. Internships generally involve participants working in professional settings under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals. Interns can be paid or unpaid, and they may or may not involve academic credit. Internships are generally offered to students in grades 11 and 12, and students are supervised by a licensed work-based learning teacher. 



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Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a particular type of work-based learning for Minnesota secondary students 16 years of age and older. YA experiences:

  • Focus on career preparation and training within a specific career pathway;
  • Require a minimum of 450 hours for completion;
  • Are always paid experiences;
  • Lead to an industry-recognized credential of value (“a recognized credential of academic and occupational proficiency” Minn. Stat. § 124D.47) for the student youth apprentice whenever possible. Example credentials of value can include an industry certification, articulated postsecondary credits, and hours towards (adult) Registered Apprenticeship.

Year of Service/Gap Year

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A gap year, which is time set aside for community service or experiential learning, typically takes place immediately after high school graduation. The most successful gap years tend to be planned and purposeful, with a defined and timed entry date for postsecondary education, and often involve travel with a focus on service to others. The Gap Year Association is an excellent resource for students considering this path.

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