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  • Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

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  • Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

    Who can access the program?

    Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) 

    Students can get a jump start on earning college credits by taking college courses while they are still in high school through Minnesota’s PSEO program.  This program allows students to take college courses tuition free, saving both time and money on completing a college degree.  PSEO courses may also fulfill high school course requirements and count toward a high school diploma.

      

    Career and Technical Course Options

    Students who are interested in career and technical courses may take one career and technical college level course taught by a college faculty member on a college campus, at their high school or online as early as grade 10.  To be eligible to do so, they must be enrolled in a public school, have a minimum of a “’proficient” score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for reading and meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course that must be met by all students.  If a student successfully completes the technical course with a C or higher, the student can take additional career and technical courses as long as he or she meets the assessment requirement for those courses.  Students who first enter PSEO programming through career and technical education can also begin to take PSEO general education courses in grades 11 and 12 by meeting the assessment prerequisites for the general education course they wish to enroll in, regardless of class rank or percentile on a nationally normed exam. 

      

    General Education Course Options

    The PSEO program also allows high school students to take college courses on a college or university campus, at their high school or online taught by college or university faculty members.  To be eligible to take PSEO courses at a Minnesota State Colleges and University institution, high school juniors must be in the upper one-third of their class or earn a score at or above the 70th percentile on a national test such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT or PLAN.  Seniors must be in the upper half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on a national test such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT or PLAN.  Eligible students will also need to meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course that must be met by all students taking the course.

     

    MN residents attending a North Dakota private school such as Oak Grove can access the program because they are still MN residents. ND residents attending MN private schools such as Park Christian cannot access the program.

     

    Eligibility for PSEO at MSUM

    • High School
      • Juniors must be in the upper one-third of their class or earn a score at or above the 70th percentile on a national test such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT or PLAN. 

      • Seniors must be in the upper half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on a national test such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT or PLAN.  
       
    • Home School
      Home school students must have ACT scores meeting minimum admission requirements as listed above for Juniors and Seniors.

    How can PSEO benefit me?

    • Get ahead! PSEO gives you a head start on your college education. College credits taken while in high school may be counted toward high school and college graduation, once these credits are accepted by the postsecondary institution.
    • Variety! PSEO lets you take courses that may not be available at your high school and also fill your senior schedule with quality classes.
    • It's free! That's right. You could get a head start on college with minimal or no cost to you. Private music lesson fees and other additional course fees are the responsibility of the student.

    What will it cost?

    Your tuition, fees, and books are paid for by the state of Minnesota. Books remain the property of MSUM and must be returned to the main Bookstore office by the last day of final exams or you will be billed for them. You are responsible for paying additional fees in courses such as music lessons, and for any consumable supplies and any applicable course fees. Transportation, room, and board fees are your responsibility. Residence hall housing is available to PSEO students enrolled at MSUM and MSCTC. Visit Housing's website to see current costs for room and board at Housing and Residential Life @ Minnesota State University Moorhead.

    Is PSEO right for me?

    Generally speaking, PSEO students share some common attributes that contribute to their success in college: motivation to get a head start on college; social, mental, and emotional maturity; willingness to work hard; desire to explore new opportunities; and readiness to separate from the high school atmosphere.

    How do I participate and what classes and activities can I take part in?

    You must first visit with your high school counselor to determine what kind of courses you need to complete your requirements for your diploma. After those requirements are met, you can take electives in areas of interest to you. The legislature established this program on a "space-available" basis. This means you will register after regularly admitted students, so you may not always get your first choice. MSUM does not support PSEO taking on-line courses. Developmental, as well as some upper-division and major-specific classes are not available to PSEO students. Please note that English and Math classes are based on qualifying ACT or Accuplacer test scores. See the following link for more information. All other MSUM activities are open to PSEO students, with the exception of inter-collegiate athletics. You can also continue to participate in your high school's extra-curricular activities if you prefer.

    Count me in! How do I apply?

    1.       Complete the online application or send the paper application to the Office of Admissions at MSUM.

    2.       Request official high school transcripts to be sent to the Office of Admissions at MSUM.  These must indicate your course work and class rank, and national test results (ACT, SAT, PSAT or PLAN). 

    3.       Submit a PSEO Notice of Student Registration form to the Office of Admissions at MSUM.

     

    Once accepted, we'll be in touch with you regarding registration and other details. PSEO can be a great experience!

     

    The application deadline for spring semester PSEO students is December 15, the fall semester deadline is August 1.

     

    Contact the Academic Support Center in Flora Frick 154 or at 218.477.4318 or visit www.mnscu.edu/pseo for information.