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Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)​

PSEO enables eligible Minnesota high school Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to take college classes for high school and/or college credit.

The purpose of the Saint Paul College 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/or spring academic school year. Tuition, fees, and required textbooks and materials are provided at no cost to the student. PSEO is not available during the summer.

Deadlines & Timelines

PSEO applicants and returning PSEO students should submit required documents by the priority deadline as class registration for each semester begins months ahead of the semester start.

Fall
Semester
Spring
Semester
Priority Application Deadline May 15 November 1
Final Application DeadlineJune 15December 1
New Student Class Registration BeginsEarly April
Early November
Returning Student Class Registration BeginsEarly March
Early October

Things to Consider & Advantages of PSEO at Saint Paul College

Things to Consider of PSEO

Before applying for PSEO, students should speak with their high school Counselor, parents, or guardians and ensure you understand the following:

  • College academics at a faster pace
    • PSEO students will need to be able to commit 2-3 hours of study time for every hour of class
  • PSEO students are responsible for balancing their high school, college, and personal responsibilities
  • Successful PSEO students seek help and support when needed and have good time management skills
  • Financial responsibility
    • Although the PSEO program covers the cost of required 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.
  • PSEO students are responsible for communicating with their high school Counselor regarding their high school and SPC’s PSEO Coordinator regarding college
  • Transportation is not covered by the PSEO program, students should provide their own transportation to the college (or participate in online classes)
    • Busses 16 and 21 stop near the Saint Paul College campus
Advantages of PSEO
  • Save money on higher education – PSEO covers required books/materials, tuition, and fees
  • Earned credits give you a head start towards a college degree and students can complete the following degrees:
    • Certificate
    • Diploma
    • Associates
  • Advising – students can meet with the PSEO Coordinator for advising on what classes to take each semester
  • Transferability – students can transfer the credits earned at SPC to other institutions
  • Flexible scheduling (in-person or online classes, part- or full-time attendance options)

Interested in pursuing a major as a PSEO student? Look through our Academic Programs

Eligibility Requirements for PSEO

10th Grade – Sophomores

  • 2.8+ unweighted high school GPA
  • Verify you received an "M- Meets the Standards", "E- Exceeds the Standards" (850 or higher) on 8th grade MCA Reading test.
    • Current 10th grade students who did not take the 8th grade MCA reading exam may substitute a college level reading score from the ACCUPLACER placement test

11th Grade – Juniors

  • 2.8+ unweighted high school GPA
  • High school transcript showing rank in the top one-third of graduating class
    • If transcript does not show rank students must submit scores from a norm-referenced test (e.g. ACT, SAT) with a composite score at or above the 70th percentile OR a letter/email from your high school counselor verifying you are in the top third of graduating class

12th Grade – Seniors

  • 2.8+ unweighted high school GPA
  • High school transcript showing rank in the top one-half of graduating class
    • If transcript does not show rank students must submit scores from a norm-referenced test (e.g. ACT, SAT) with a composite score at or above the 50th percentile OR a letter/email from your high school counselor verifying you are in the top half of graduating class
  • Evidence of college readiness by placement into college level Reading as indicated by:
    • ACCUPLACER
      • Classic ACCUPLACER score of 78+ (valid within 2 years)
      • Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 250+ (valid within 2 years)
    • ACT Reading score of 21+, ACT English score of 18+
    • ACT Reading score of 19+, ACT English score of 16+ AND high school GPA of 2.5+
    • SAT Evidence Based Writing score of 480+
    • SAT score of 440+ AND high school GPA of 2.5+
    • 10th Grade MCA score of 1047+
    • MCA score of 1042+ AND high school GPA of 2.5+
    • High school GPA of 2.6+

19-21-year-old high school students follow the 12th grade criteria. Work with your high school counselor to complete and send the Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility paperwork and complete remaining Admission steps.

Students must meet the requirements and prerequisites for the course(s) they wish to enroll in.

The following scores are required for college level Math placement (not required for PSEO admission):

  • ACCUPLACER
    • Classic ACCUPLACER score of 50+ on College Level Math (valid within 2 years)
    • Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 250+ (valid within 2 years)
  • ACT Math score of 22+
  • ACT Math score of 20+ AND high school GPA of 2.7+
  • SAT Math score of 530+
  • SAT Math 520+ AND high school GPA of 2.7+
  • 11th Grade MCA score of 1158+
  • High school GPA of 2.8+ and C- or better in Algebra 2

Application Steps

Email PSEO Application to PSEO@saintpaul.edu. Please do not mail or submit applications in person at this time.

Applicants will be notified of application decision via email after 5-10 business days once completed PSEO application is received.

  1. Apply to Saint Paul College
    • Record your Star ID and password in a safe place, you will need this information
    • If you have applied to SPC before, look up your Star ID here
  2. Complete the MDE PSEO Notice of Student Registration & PSEO Book Contract Forms
  3. Gather the following document(s) based on grade level
    • Sophomores
      • Email Official High School transcript showing cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.8 or greater
      • Copy of 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores showing passing Reading score (850+)
    • Juniors & Seniors
      • Email Official High School transcript showing cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.8 or greater AND a class rank in the top third (for Juniors) or top half (for Seniors)
      • If your transcript does not show class rank, you must also provide a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (e.g. ACT, SAT) with a composite score at or above the 70th percentile (juniors) or the 50th percentile (seniors), OR a letter from your high school counselor verifying you are in the top third (juniors) or top half (seniors) of your graduating class.
  4. Email all required documents before the PSEO application deadline to PSEO@saintpaul.edu

19-21 year old high school students follow the 12th grade criteria. Work with your high school counselor to complete and send the Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility paperwork and complete remaining Admission steps.

Excluded PSEO Programs & Classes

  • Courses below 1000 level such as ENGL 0922 and MATH 0920
  • All non-credit courses through the Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs
  • All summer courses
  • Carpentry (CARP)
  • Clinical Massage
  • Cosmetology (COSM)
  • Culinary Arts (CULA)
  • Electrical Technology (ELTN)
  • Esthetics (ESTH)
  • Massage Therapy (MASS)
  • Pipefitting (PIPE)
  • Plumbing (PLMB)
  • Sheet Metal (SMET) / HVAC Ducts and Fittings

This list is subject to change without notice.

After Submitting Your Application

  • Students will be contracted via email regarding application decision
    • Applicants will be notified 5-10 business days once completed PSEO application is received
  • Denied applicants may re-apply for the following semester
  • Accepted students will transition into the PSEO program by completing the following:
    • Register for Classes
      • First speak with your high school Counselor regarding graduation requirements
    • Activate Saint Paul College email (official means of communication with PSEO students)
    • Order Required Books/Materials
    • Attend PSEO Orientation
    • Obtain Saint Paul College ID
    • Download the Following Apps:
    • Complete the Sexual Violence Prevention Training (via D2L)

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

PSEO students are held to the same policies as undergraduate college students.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): All students must meet the following requirements each semester based on their cumulative SPC credits:

  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Successfully complete 67% of cumulative attempted credits with earned grades of A, B, C, D, P, or AU

If these requirements are not met, students will be put on academic warning or in some cases suspended. If the cumulative GPA or completion rate falls below minimum standards for a second term, the student may be suspended from the College.

First term students earning grades of all F’s, FN’s and/or FW’s may be suspended for two terms following the unsuccessful term.

PSEO students placed on Academic Warning, Suspension, or Probation will need to meet with the PSEO Coordinator to determine whether they will continue in the SPC PSEO program.

Returning PSEO Students

If you have previously been accepted to and attended PSEO at Saint Paul College for one or more semesters, you do not need to reapply. However, returning PSEO students must complete and submit the following two updated forms every semester to participate. Any admitted PSEO student that takes one or more semesters off will be re-evaluated for admission into the PSEO program based on current PSEO eligibility requirements

These forms must be emailed to PSEO@saintpaul.edu before a PSEO student can register for the following term. The deadline for submitting the completed forms is the same as the PSEO application deadline. Returning students should submit their forms by the priority deadlines (May 15th for Fall Semester and November 1st for Spring Semester) as they have priority registration. Allow 5-10 business days for forms to be processed before you can register. Check your Saint Paul College email for updates.

19-21-year-old high school students follow the 12th grade criteria. Work with your high school counselor to complete and send the Verification of Extended PSEO Eligibility paperwork and complete remaining Admission steps

Graduating PSEO Students

Continue with Saint Paul College through one of the options below:

  • Power of YOU Program: Power of YOU program makes the first two years at Saint Paul College tuition-free for eligible high school graduates. Eligibility requirements:
    • Graduate from a Saint Paul, Minneapolis public school, public charter school, or other qualifying metro high school
    • Combined parent and student adjusted gross income & untaxed income of less than $75,000
    • Qualify for Federal Financial Aid
    • Take the ACCUPLACER assessment and satisfy college admission requirements
  • General Undergraduate Admission

Finish up a 4-year degree through one of our Articulation Agreements. The agreement specifies that all or some credits from a particular technical diploma or degree will be accepted towards a specified four-year degree program/major of study is specified.

Transcripts

Unofficial Transcripts

  • Visit www.saintpaul.edu
  • Click on eServices under Student Login
  • Log in with Star ID and password
  • Select Grades and Transcripts from the left side menu
  • Select Academic Record from the left side menu
  • Select chronological and hit "Get Academic Record"
  • View and print your unofficial transcript

Official Transcripts

Parent & Guardian Resources

Parents and guardians are welcome to join their student to learn more about the PSEO program during our PSEO Information Sessions.

Once high school students apply to the PSEO program they are considered official college students and are protected under college, state, and federal data privacy policies and laws.

The Family Educational Rights and privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 gives students the right to review records, files, and other documents containing information about the student, which Saint Paul College maintains.

Students may authorize Saint Paul College to release private information to individuals of their choosing or allow them to act on their behalf by completing the Release of Information eForm. Forms submitted by anyone other than the student will not be accepted.

Please direct any questions about this information to PSEO@saintpaul.edu.

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