• Counseling and Advising

  • Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

    Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th, 11th and 12th grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating post secondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the post secondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.

    There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

    Eligible PSEO students can take a range of classes, including general education, and career and technical courses. General education courses are usually liberal arts. Examples include English, calculus, anatomy, biology, political science, art history and psychology. Career and technical courses focus on preparing students for specific occupations and can lead to a certificate, diploma or associate degree. Examples include nursing assistant, manufacturing technician, accounting, business and engineering.
    You must meet with your counselor to discuss PSEO enrollment in the spring. You will discuss enrollment and courses to meet the graduation requirements at Edina High School. Counselors are not available during the summer to discuss course enrollment for PSEO.

    University of Minnesota

    star  New  UMTC PSEO Impact COVID-19

    Timeline 2020-2021 PSEO Application Cycle

    • February 1: Online Application Opens
    • New  May 15 (all application materials must be postmarked or electronically submitted by this date). Due to this extended deadline and condensed time frame for processing, we will not be considering late applications this year.
    • To speed up application processing, we are asking families and high schools to submit application materials electronically.

    Primary Considerations

    • GPA (3.6 or greater high school unweighted GPA required)
      • Exceptions may be granted for School of Music applicants; see Step 2 in the Apply section above
    • Class rank (if available)
    • Rigor of courses (honors, accelerated, advanced, enriched, AP, CIS, AP, IB, other PSEO, etc.)
    • Successful grades in rigorous courses (B or higher to be competitive)

    Secondary Considerations

    • Grade trends
    • Extenuating circumstances affecting grades (e.g., illness)
    • Additional test scores
      • ACT, ACT Aspire, Pre-ACT, SAT, or PSAT scores are required if the applicant has less than one year of high school grades listed on their high school transcript. Test scores in all other cases are considered only if provided by the applicant or on the high school transcript


    The fall 2020 PSEO online application will be available on Monday, February 1, 2020

    Information Sessions

    We invite all students and their parents or guardians who are interested in the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMTC) PSEO program to attend our on-campus information sessions. Each session will feature a presentation by the PSEO advisers and a panel of current PSEO students, who will provide an overview of the program and information about how and when to apply. The presentations will be followed by a brief Q&A session with the advisers.

    PSEO Information Sessions - Will be posted on the PSEO website in late January 2020


    Normandale Community College

    Deadline is July 1 for Fall 2020 

    Information Sessions

    Learn about the program, eligibility requirements, how to apply, application deadlines and more. *Come to the main entrance of the campus off France Ave and 98th Street. There will be directional signs inside the entrance. Dates and times are subject to change-call 952-358-8201 to confirm.

    Application Information 

    High school seniors must rank in the top one-half of the graduating class or score at or above the 50th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such as ACT, SAT, PSAT, Pre-ACT, the Standford Achievement Test (SAT10) or Iowa Assessments.

    High School juniors must rank in the upper one-third of the graduating class or score at or above the 70th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such as ACT, SAT, PSAT, Pre-ACT, the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10) or Iowa Assessments.

    Students applying from high schools that do not provide rank must have a 3.0 GPA (to be eligible as a junior) and a 2.5 GPA (to be eligible as a senior) or meet the percentiles on the nationally standardized, norm-referenced tests mentioned above.

    Eligible applicants must still satisfy all three subject areas (reading, English and math) of placement testing, demonstrating college-level reading skills at a minimum to be eligible to register for courses under the PSEO Program.

    Minneapolis Community and Technical College

    Deadline Fall Semester 2020: TBA
    Deadline Spring Semester 2021: TBA

    Application Information

    • Step 1: MCTC Online PSEO Application 
    • Step 2: Minnesota Department of Education Enrollment Form 2020-21
    • Step 3: Submit current high school transcript. If you don't meet the GPA requirements, submit letter of recommendation from counselor, principal or teacher that specifically says you are ready for college coursework.
    • Step 4: Study for placement tests. College Placement Testing Information  If you have previously taken the Accuplacer test at Edina High School School, see Nancy Knutson in Student Services to request your scores be sent.  If you have taken the ACT, submit a copy with your application paperwork. If you have not taken the Accuplacer (if required) for placement, you will need to schedule the test at MCTC.
    • Step 5: Submit all PSEO application materials (Transcript, State Form, ACT score if taken) by mail to:
      Minneapolis Community College
      Attn: PSEO Coordinator
      1501 Hennepin Ave
      Minneapolis, MN  55403

    After Submitting Application

    • MCTC will contact you by mail to let you know if you are accepted. If you are accepted, there is a mandatory orientation to attend.


    Esther McCallson, PSEO Coordinator, (612) 659-6673

    University of Northwestern

    Contact information for new/applying students - upadmissions@unwsp.edu / Phone: (651) 631-5126
    Fall 2019 Deadlines
    • On-Campus Priority Deadline: April 1, 2020
    • On-Campus final Deadline: June 1, 2020
    • Online Application Deadline: July 15, 2020
    • Course registration opens: April 4, 2020

    Spring Application Deadline

    • On-Campus Deadline: TBA
    • Online Application Deadline: TBA
    • Course registration opens: TBA

    On-Campus Requirements

    • High school GPA of at least 3.3
    • Meeting one of our standardized testing requirements:
      1. ACT or Pre ACT score of at least 22
      2. Aspire score of at least 434
      3. SAT or PSAT score of at least 1090
      4. No other tests are accepted
    • Demonstrate an excellent "fit" with the Northwestern community as determined by an essay and an interview with the Admissions Committee
    • Junior or senior in high school
    • Enroll in a minimum of 6 on-campus credits (commuter) or 12 on-campus credits (residential) at Northwestern (once admitted into the program)
    • At least 15 years of age at the time of enrollment

    Online and On-Site Requirements

    • High school GPA of at least 2.75 
    • Meeting one of our standardized testing requirements:
      1. ACT or PreACT score of at least 18
      2. ACT Aspire score of at least 427
      3. PSAT or SAT score of at least 940 
      4. CLT score of at least 61
      5. California Achievement (CAT), Stanford Achievement (Stanford 10), Iowa Basics, Peabody, Terra Nova, MAP - scores in the top 50%
      6. We do not accept:  Practice ACT, ACT Explore, PSAT 8/9, Accuplacer, ASVAB, or MCAs.
      7. Any other test scores not listed above can be submitted for review, but may be deemed unsatisfactory by the admissions committee.
      8. Junior or senior in high school

    Questions contact Dual Enrollment Admissions at (651) 631-5126 or admissionsde@unwsp.edu

    Updated April 13, 2020