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  • 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 nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own admissions 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 are eligible to enroll in PSEO on a more limited basis (see note below). Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO on a term by term basis.

    By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the date a student registers for courses for the following school year, schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. To assist the district in planning, a student must inform the district by May 30 of each year of their intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year.

    There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course; however, students may incur fees for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed, textbooks that are not returned to the postsecondary institution according to their policies, or for tuition costs if they do not notify the district by May 30 and the district does not waive this date requirement.

    Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. For more information on these funds, access the PSEO Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions.

    Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school.

    School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers and/or other technology resources during regular school hours to participate in PSEO courses, whether on-line or on campus.

    Each year, districts must publish their grade-weighting policy on their website, including a list of courses for which students can earn weighted grades.

    All courses taken through the PSEO program must meet graduation requirements. Districts must transcript credits earned in PSEO by a ratio prescribed in statute. Districts have the authority to decide which subject area and standards the PSEO course meets. If there is a dispute between the district and the student regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the student may appeal the board's decision to the commissioner. The commissioner's decision regarding the number of credits will be final.

    Postsecondary institutions are required to allow PSEO students to enroll in online courses consistent with the institution’s policy regarding postsecondary student enrollment in online courses.

    Tenth-grade students may initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course if they receive a reading proficiency score of “meets” or “exceeds” on the 8th grade MCA. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional CTE PSEO courses. If the student did not take the MCA in 8th-grade, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted. For students with disabilities, there is an alternative option to demonstrate reading proficiency.

    For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

    star  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.

    Registration Form (State form that is required for ALL applications)

    University of Minnesota

    star  UMTC PSEO Impact COVID-19

    New  YouTube Videos - Addresses basic aspects of the program

    Timeline 2021-2022 PSEO Application Cycle

    • February 1: Online Application Opens
    • May 15 (all application materials must be postmarked or electronically submitted by this date). To speed up application processing, we are asking families and high schools to submit application materials electronically. Late applications will not be accepted.
    • June 26: Admission Decisions
    • July and August: Orientation sessions and registration

    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, PLAN, SAT, PSAT, or PSAT 10 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 2021 PSEO online application will be available on Monday, February 1, 2021

    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 2021


    Normandale Community College

    Deadline Fall Semester 2021: Priority Deadline is June 1 for Fall 2021, Final Deadline is July 1
    Deadline Srping Semester 2022: Priority Deadline is November 1 for Spring 2022, Final Deadline is December 1

    Information Sessions

    Learn about the program, eligibility requirements, how to apply, application deadlines and more. 

    Application Information 

    The admissions process involves 3 steps:

    1. Submit the application materials and meet eligibility requirements
    2. Satisfying course placements
    3. Completing the online orientation class

    For each step, a certain requirement must be met before moving to the next step.  See "Eligibility Requirements for The General PSEO Program" on the Normandale Community College website.

    Step by Step Video Instructions on How to Apply

    Minneapolis College

    Deadline Fall Semester 2021: Priority Deadline November 1, Final Deadline December 1
    Deadline Spring Semester 2022: Priority Deadline April 15, Final Deadline July 15

    Eligibility Information

    Minneapolis College Website - Eligibility for Juniors and Seniors, Eligibility for Sophomores

    Application Information

    After Submitting Application

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


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

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    Send Email: PSEO@Minneapolis.edu 

    University of Northwestern

    Contact information for new/applying students - upadmissions@unwsp.edu / Phone: (651) 631-5126
    Fall 2021 Deadlines
    • On-Campus Priority Deadline: April 1, 2021
    • On-Campus final Deadline: June 1, 2021
    • Online Application Deadline: July 15, 2021
    • Course registration opens: April 16, 2021

    Spring 2022 Application Deadline

    • On-Campus Deadline: November 15, 2022
    • Online Application Deadline: December 15, 2022
    • Course registration opens: TBA

    On-Campus Requirements

    • High school GPA of at least 3.3
    • Meeting one of our standardized testing requirements (optional):
      1. ACT or Pre ACT score of at least 22 (Code: ACT 2138)
      2. Aspire score of at least 434
      3. SAT or PSAT score of at least 1090 (Code: SAT 6489)
      4. CLT score of at least 72
    • Demonstrate an excellent "fit" with the Northwestern community as determined by two essays (1 written and 1 video) and two recommendations
    • 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 (optional):
      1. ACT or PreACT score of at least 18 (Code: ACT 2138)
      2. ACT Aspire score of at least 427
      3. PSAT or SAT score of at least 940 (Code: SAT 6489)
      4. CLT score of at least 61
      5. MAP test with a Math score of at least 235, Language of at least 222, and Reading at least 222
      6. California Achievement (CAT), Stanford Achievement (Stanford 10), Iowa Basics, Peabody, Terra Nova
      7. We do not accept: Practice ACT, ACT Explore, PSAT 8/9, Accuplacer, ASVAB, or MCAs.
      8. Any other test scores not listed above can be submitted for review, but may be deemed unsatisfactory by the admissions committee.
    • Junior or senior in high school

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

    Updated March 22, 2021