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Postsecondary Enrollment Options

What is the PSEO Program?

The Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program enables Minnesota high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to take college classes for high school or college credit.

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

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.

What Should Applicants Consider?

  • High School Graduation Requirements: Meet with your high school guidance counselor and review the credits you need to graduate.
  • Academic Ability: Are you ready for college level course work?
  • Maturity: Are you mature, responsible and self-disciplined enough to be successful in a college setting?
  • Scheduling & Transportation: Will you be able to manage schedules at two locations?
  • Graduation: Enrollment in the wrong PSEO classes could result in your not graduating with your class.
  • Financial: Although PSEO program covers the cost of tuition and textbooks, you may need to purchase other equipment (i.e., tools, calculators and computers).

Eligibility

High school juniors and seniors must meet the following criteria:

  • Class Rank
    • High school Juniors must rank in the top one-third (66th percentile) of your graduating class;
    • High school Seniors must rank in the top one-half (50th percentile) of your graduating class
  • Grade Point Average (GPA):
    Minimum 2.0 high school grade point average (GPA); and
  • Saint Paul College Assessment
    Saint Paul College Assessment results must meet course and program entrance requirements.
  • Juniors and Seniors can take one Career or Technical Education (CTE) course as a PSEO student regardless of class rank or GPA, if they are a public school student and have a test score that meets or exceeds the standards on the 8th grade MCA reading test and meet the prerequisites of the course they are hoping to enroll in. Each subsequent semester students can take additional CTE or general education courses regardless of rank or GPA as long as they meet the prerequisite of the course.

High School sophomores must meet the following criteria:

  • High school sophomores may enroll in one career or technical education course at Saint Paul College if they have attained a passing score or met the 8th grade standard on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in reading and meet the other course prerequisites, including assessment test scores and program admissions requirements.
  • If a sophomore receives a grade of C or better in the course, the student is allowed to take additional career or technical education courses in subsequent terms.

View eligible PSEO Career and Technical Education Courses for Sophomores

Alternative and Home School Students:

All home school students and those students attending an alternative and/or Charter school that is unable to verify class rank must provide ALL of the following:

  • Juniors: A nationally standardized norm-referenced test (e.g. ACT, SAT, PSAT, PLAN) with a score at or above the 70th percentile
  • Seniors: A nationally standardized norm-referenced test (e.g. ACT, SAT, PSAT, PLAN) with a score at or above the 50th percentile
  • Records of Academic Achievement as well as a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Saint Paul College assessment results must meet program entrance requirements and the requirements for the course you wish to take.

Admission Process

PSEO applicants must complete all steps of this process.

Application Deadlines:
Fall - June 15
Spring - December 1

  1. Complete the Saint Paul College application online at www.saintpaul.edu/apply.
  2. Submit the following materials to the Saint Paul College Admissions Office of Enrollment Services by the application deadline:
  3. Complete the College's assessment by the official PSEO application deadline.
    • The College's assessment provides you with a profile of your current skills in mathematics, reading, and writing, as well as recommendations for initial course placement. The assessment is used to determine course placement.
    • Assessment results must meet specific program entrance requirements.
  4. Speak to the PSEO coordinator by the PSEO application deadline. You can call 651.846.1713 or send
    an email to Va Yang. to schedule an appointment. You are always welcome to call the PSEO office with any questions or to set up an informational meeting.

    Speak with your high school counselor regarding any questions about meeting graduation requirements for your high school while attending PSEO.

Course Availability

PSEO students register for courses on a space-available basis. Regular postsecondary students have priority in registration.

What is covered by PSEO?

  • Tuition and fees
    Certain fees and course expenses are the responsibility of the student (e.g. Nursing Assistant competency testing fees, Supplies/Tools not consumed through the duration of the course).
  • Course required textbooks
    When you pick up your books, you will also receive a notice stating the deadline for returning your books. If your books are not returned by the deadline, you will be billed for the cost of your books.

Orientation Sessions

Orientation sessions are held on campus and last about 2½ hours. Orientation is essential and required for all enrolled students.

You will receive an invitation to attend a New Student Orientation session as soon as you have been admitted to the College. If you cannot attend the New Student Orientation, please contact the PSEO Coordinator at Saint Paul College.

At orientation, you will:

  • Register for classes.
  • Learn about important policies and procedures.
  • Familiarize yourself with the campus and available student services.
  • Meet other new students.

Questions and contact information

If you have questions about PSEO program details and/or eligibility, check out the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities PSEO Web site.

For more information about the PSEO program, please contact the PSEO Coordinator, Va Yang, at 651.846.1713 or send an email to Va Yang. Please remember to include the name of your high school in any inquiries.