What is the PSEO Program?
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level courses. With traditional PSEO, these courses are generally offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution. Many two- and four-year colleges and universities in Minnesota offer online courses and some of them offer online degrees and certificates. Through the wide array of online courses offered in Minnesota higher education, it is possible for PSEO students in our state to complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum requirements and/or other courses that could result in an award in addition to their high school diploma.
Most PSEO courses are only open to high school students during their junior and senior year, with each participating college and university setting their own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses and programs. Students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis, beginning in their junior year of high school. For full-time PSEO students who begin in their junior year, it is possible to graduate from high school with enough college credits for an Associate’s Degree.
Legislation allows eligible 10th-grade students to initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course through PSEO. In order to be eligible, the student must have taken the 8th-grade MCA reading test and have met the composite proficiency level of “meets or exceeds”. If the student meets this standard, and if they meet specific CTE course eligibility requirements and pre-requisites set by the institution, they may be eligible to enroll in Career and Technical Education PSEO courses. If the student earns a “C” or higher grade in the course, they are eligible to take additional CTE courses in 10th grade.
Qualifications: The major college and university systems in Minnesota have provided the following guidelines for acceptance into their PSEO programs:
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) http://www.mnscu.edu/admissions/pseo.html:
- High school seniors must be in the upper one-half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on the ACT or SAT.
- Juniors must be in the upper one-third of their class or score at or above the 70th percentile on a test, such as the ACT or SAT.
- Sophomores may enroll in a career or technical education course at a MnSCU college or university if they have attained a “Meet or Exceed” on the 8th grade MCA reading test and meet other enrollment standards established by the college.
University of Minnesota http://www.cce.umn.edu/Post-Secondary-Enrollment-Options/
- Primary Considerations
- Strong GPA (the average admit GPA is 3.9)
- Successful completion of rigorous course work
- Writing samples
- Secondary Considerations:
- Grade trends
- Additional test scores
- Readiness for college
Mileage Reimbursement Program: Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for PSEO students whose families are at or below the poverty level, as determined by the federal government to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. For more information related to the PSEO program, including information on transportation reimbursement, please view the Minnesota Department of Education website at: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/CollReadi/PSEO/.
Grading & Credits: Students who transfer completed PSEO course credits back to their high school will receive Regular Honor Points for each course. Credits will be awarded based on the following chart:College SemesterCreditsHigh School SemesterEquivalents
1 0.5 2 1.0 3 1.5 4 2.0
While PSEO provides a rigorous opportunity for students to access a wide variety of options, students are still expected to meet ISD 728 requirements in order to graduate with a high school diploma.
For more information about the PSEO program and application procedures, please contact your high school counselor or visit the MDE PSEO page: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/CollReadi/PSEO/