PSEO is a program for Minnesota residents who are juniors and seniors in high school. Public, private, tribal, alternative, and home school students are all eligible (as long as they meet our admission requirements). 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.
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.
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.
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.
Applications are available at the following links: application for a print version or apply online. Fill it out, write PSEO at the top of the application and send it to the office of Admissions at MSUM, along with official high school transcripts that indicate your course work and class rank. We strongly recommend you send your PSEO application by June 10th for fall admission, and by October 10th for spring admission. While later applications can be processed, students should allow plenty of time to confer with their high school counselors and MSUM's advisors. Once accepted, we'll be in touch with you regarding registration and other details. PSEO can be a great experience!
Contact the Academic Support Center in Flora Frick 154 or at 218.477.4318 for information.