The Benefits of Cross-Registering

By cross-registering, students gain access to new courses as well as events and activities related to those courses.

By cross-registering, students gain access to new courses as well as events and activities related to those courses.

Since St. Kate’s is part of the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC), Katies have the unique opportunity to attend more than one college. ACTC students are able to take classes not only at their home school, but also at the four other ACTC schools. ACTC is made up of five different schools—Macalester, Hamline, St. Thomas, Augsburg, and St. Kate’s, yet most of us opt to take all of our classes here at St Kate’s. So few of us have been cross-registering that St Kate’s canceled the bus service that brought students from St. Kate’s to the other schools. Many of the students who do end up cross-registering do so in order to take classes that aren’t offered at St. Kate’s. One area where cross-registering occurs frequently is in the foreign language department.  St. Kate’s offers a small number of foreign language  classes, so if a student wishes to take a language other than Spanish, Latin or American Sign Language, they must turn to another school. By considering the other schools, St. Kate’s students are also able to study Chinese, German, Japanese, Russian and French, while students from other ACTC schools are able to study American Sign Language. These different programs not only give students different languages to study, but also classes at different times for a more flexible schedule.  Foreign languages aren’t the only subjects available, however. The ACTC schools are  each known for different majors and programs —St. Kate’s for nursing, Macalester for the  liberal arts, St. Thomas for business and so on. One St Kate’s student, Gabby Alm, economics, ’18, is taking a math course on probability at St. Thomas, even though the course is offered at St. Kate’s. Alm said, “I opted to take it over there because they have an actuarial science program and that’s what I need the class for. I’m taking Exam P (the first actuary exam) in May and feel as though [the course at St. Thomas] is preparing me better than the probability course [at St. Kates] could.” Bringing other ACTC students to St. Kate’s has other benefits for Katies. St. Kate’s is a little island where women are in charge and encouraged to do whatever we want. Many Katies don’t leave campus frequently, causing us to become used to the St. Kate’s environment. It can be a bit of a shock when we leave and realize that the rest of the city doesn’t have the same attitude. Other ACTC students will get to experience the environment that we live in and maybe bring a bit of that environment back to their own schools, expanding the pro-women mission of St. Kate’s.   By receiving an education in varying environments, students will be exposed to different worldviews. Experiencing a variety of viewpoints will prepare students for interaction with all the different people they will meet in everyday life while pursuing their dream careers. With the experience that cross-registering gives, we will be prepared to work with anyone.

One thought on “The Benefits of Cross-Registering

  1. As an alum and current staff member, I agree that ACTC cross registration is a great benefit for our students. However, I am disturbed by the following, “St. Kate’s is a little island where women are in charge and encouraged to do whatever we want. Many Katies don’t leave campus frequently, causing us to become used to the St. Kate’s environment. It can be a bit of a shock when we leave and realize that the rest of the city doesn’t have the same attitude.” I agree our campus culture is unique but I find it hard to believe our students are shocked by the world when they exit our gates. If I am wrong about this, it would be an interesting topic for another article containing the experiences of and quotes from current students and alums.