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Austin High School

301 3rd Street NW
Austin, MN 55912
School Hours: 8:30AM - 3:30PM

Austin Public Schools

Direct Admissions

Direct Admissions offers all high school students in Austin (Austin High School, Austin Alternative Learning Center, and Austin Online Academy) a look at postsecondary options after graduation. Early in the school year, qualifying seniors will receive communication from their high school and the Office of Higher Education detailing the Minnesota colleges and universities they are already admitted to. Students must then complete free applications for their chosen institutions, as all application fees are waived under the Direct Admissions program.


Students and families will receive information about Direct Admissions in the spring of their junior year.

Fall of Senior Year:

  • Families will be informed about the upcoming Direct Admissions and the available participation options.
  • Receive your personalized Direct Admissions letter listing participating colleges and universities for fall 2024. Over 50 Minnesota institutions are part of the program, covering community, technical, tribal, public, and private options. Application fees are not required. 
  • Submit your digital letter and confirm which institutions you choose for Direct Admissions.
  • Await official acceptance letters and check your email for any additional steps colleges and universities request.
What to expect?

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Counseling Staff

Kris Murley
Counseling Admin Assistant
Fax: 507-355-2416

Sarah Schmit
9th - 12th Grade Counselor
Last Names A-E

Lynn Keenan
9th - 12th Grade Counselor
Last Names F-L

Julie Hale
9th - 12th Grade Counselor
Last Names M-Reh

Bryce Hoffa
9th - 12th Grade Counselor
Last Names Rei-Z

Aleks Bly
Success Coach
Spanish Interpreter