Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
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Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

The Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program enables eligible Minnesota high school Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to take college classes for high school and/or college credit.

The purpose of the PSEO program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and provide a wider variety of options than what may be available in the high school setting.

You may attend either part-time or full-time during the fall and spring academic school year; the PSEO program is not available during the summer. Tuition, fees, and textbooks are provided at no cost to the student.

Eligibility

All eligibility requirements listed must be met for admission to the program. Eligibility requirements differ based on grade-level at time of participation.

SOPHOMORES
  • Attend a Minnesota public high school
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
  • 8th Grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) score of “Meets Expectation” or higher in Reading
  • Meet the College course prerequisites including Saint Paul College assessment scores and program entrance requirements
JUNIORS
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
  • Rank in the top one-third of their graduating class OR score at or above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized norm-referenced test (e.g. ACT, SAT, PSAT, PLAN)
  • Saint Paul College Assessment results must meet course and program entrance requirements
SENIORS
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
  • Rank in the top one-half of their graduating class OR score at or above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized norm-referenced test (e.g. ACT, SAT, PSAT, PLAN)
  • Saint Paul College Assessment results must meet course and program entrance requirements

Things to Consider

High School Graduation Requirements

Meet with your high school guidance counselor and review the courses you need to graduate and what types of PSEO courses would meet those requirements. Enrollment in an incorrect PSEO class could result in delayed high school graduation, so communication with your high school guidance counselor is necessary.

Academic Ability

Have you done well in other advanced coursework? College coursework tends to be more demanding than high school coursework. For every credit you are enrolled in, you can expect to spend 1 hour in class and 2 hours on homework per week. For a four credit course alone, you can expect to commit 12 hours per week.

Maturity

Are you mature, responsible, and self-disciplined enough to be successful in a college setting? As a college student, you are expected to behave as an adult without reminders.

Scheduling

Saint Paul College and your high school may run on two different academic calendars, meaning start dates and vacation days may be different. If you are a part-time PSEO student, you need to manage schedules at two locations, which may limit which courses are available for you to take.

Transportation

Students need to arrange transportation to the college. We are on a bus route and offer free on-campus parking to PSEO students. Bus passes and gas money are not covered; however, you can inquire with your school district about qualifying for the transportation reimbursement program available to families with incomes below the federal poverty guidelines.

Financial Responsibility

Although the PSEO program covers the cost of tuition and textbooks, you may need to purchase other items not covered by PSEO funding. Non-consumable supplies (supplies that are not “used up” during the course but remains fully intact) are the responsibility of the PSEO student and may include but are not limited to equipment, tools, calculators, or uniforms. Certain courses may have additional fees or certification exam expenses. These extra fees may exist beyond normal tuition and fee coverage of the PSEO program and are the responsibility of the PSEO student.

Please be advised that while textbooks and some materials are covered, any that are not returned to the college by the deadline in good condition will become the student’s responsibility and the student will be billed. This bill must be paid out of pocket; it is not covered by the PSEO program.

Application Process

PSEO applicants must complete all steps of the process by the deadline. Use the PSEO Application Process checklist for a step-by-step guide to the PSEO admission process.

Fall Semester Admission
Priority Deadline: May 15
Final Deadline: June 15

Spring Semester Admission
Priority Deadline: November 1
Final Deadline: December 1

Required Application Links & Documents:

SOPHOMORES
  1. Apply to Saint Paul College online
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER assessment test at Saint Paul College, or submit approved items for waiver.
  3. Complete the following forms:
    1. PSEO Notice of Student Registration form: complete with your high school counselor and discuss which courses you should take as part of PSEO
    2. PSEO Book Contract
  4. Gather the following documents:
    1. Official high school transcript
    2. A copy of your 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) scores
  5. Attach the PSEO Application Process Checklist to items from steps 3 and 4 and submit them no later than the application deadline to the PSEO Coordinator.
JUNIORS & SENIORS
  1. Apply to Saint Paul College online
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER assessment test at Saint Paul College, or submit approved items for waiver.
  3. Complete the following forms:
    1. PSEO Notice of Student Registration form: complete with your high school counselor and discuss which courses you should take as part of PSEO
    2. PSEO Book Contract
  4. Gather the following documents:
    1. Official high school transcript
    2. If high school transcript does not include class rank or you attend a homeschool, you must also provide a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (e.g. PLAN, ACT, PSAT, SAT) with a composite score at or above the 70th percentile (juniors) or the 50th percentile (seniors). If your high school keeps class rank but it is not published on your transcript, you may alternatively submit a letter from your high school counselor verifying you are in the top third (juniors) or tops half (seniors) of your graduating class.
  5. Attach the PSEO Application Process Checklist to items from steps 3 and 4 and submit them no later than the application deadline to the PSEO Coordinator.

Majors & Courses Available for PSEO

SOPHOMORES

Admitted sophomores may enroll in one career or technical education (CTE) course for which they meet the course prerequisites. If sophomores do not plan on completing the CTE program from which they are taking a course, they can be admitted to the college as “Undeclared.” If a sophomore receives a grade of C or better in the course, the student may take additional CTE courses in subsequent terms.

JUNIORS & SENIORS

Most programs and majors are available to junior and senior PSEO participants. Students must meet the program entry requirements/assessment scores in reading and math for their major. Please note that some trade programs require full-time enrollment.

The Associate in Arts (AA) Degree is the most common PSEO major for juniors and seniors. It focuses on the general education courses (e.g. English Composition, Social Sciences, Math, Science) that are most likely to fulfill high school graduation requirements. It also provides a transfer curriculum that is accepted at most 4-year colleges and universities.

RESTRICTED COURSES

PSEO students are not eligible to enroll in the following courses:

  • Developmental/remedial courses (courses below 1XXX)
  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetics

If a student enrolls in any of these courses, the student will be financially responsible for the course.

Program Requirements

New Student Orientation

Once you are admitted to the PSEO program, you will receive information on attending New Student Orientation. This is a mandatory event for PSEO students; parents are also welcome to attend. At orientation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Register for classes, if you have not done so already;
  • Learn important College policies and procedures;
  • Familiarize yourself with the campus and Student Service resources available to you;
  • Attend a PSEO-specific breakout session to review expectations and next steps for PSEO students;
  • Meet other new students.

FAQ

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities PSEO Web site

Minnesota State PSEO Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

Please remember to include your full name, grade level, and your high school in any inquiries.

Janessa Cervantes
PSEO Coordinator
janessa.cervantes@saintpaul.edu
651.846.1713