PSEO: Eligibility and Admission
High school students should carefully consider their participation in this program before applying for admission. Students should discuss participation in the PSEO program with their parents/guardians and high school counselor/principal. Students should notify their high school by May 30 of their intent to enroll in PSEO for the upcoming school year.
Seniors must rank in the upper half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on an ACT or SAT test. See National Percentile Ranking.
Juniors must rank in the upper third of their class or score at or above the 70th percentile on an ACT or SAT test. See National Percentile Ranking.
Junior and Senior students not meeting above requirements may be eligible for admissions if they demonstrate readiness for college through completing the Accuplacer assessment.
Home School juniors and seniors may only quality using the ACT or Accuplacer. They may not use class rank to qualify for PSEO.
Sophomores who are interested in career and technical (CTE) courses may take one CTE course taught by a college faculty member on a college campus, at their high school or online as early as grade 10. To be eligible to do so, they must:
- be enrolled in a public school,
- have a minimum of a “proficient” score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for reading,
- and meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course that must be met by all students.
If a student successfully completes the course with a C or higher, the student can take additional CTE courses as long as they meet the assessment requirement for those courses. Students who first enter PSEO programming through CTE can also begin to take PSEO general education courses in grades 11 and 12 by meeting the assessment prerequisites for the general education course they wish to enroll in, regardless of class rank or percentile on a nationally normed exam.
Nonpublic and home school 10th grade students are not eligible to enroll in CTE courses through PSEO.
Make an appointment with your high school counselor to discuss your career plan and review your high school graduation requirements.
Public school students should complete a PSEO Student Registration Form.
Home school, private, and charter school students will also need to complete a PSEO Notice of Student Registration form.
Complete the Minnesota West eApplication for Admission. Be sure to select PSEO as Application Type in Step 6 of the application. The application fee is not required for PSEO enrollment.
Request that your high school send a current official high school transcript showing class rank/size to the campus/center where you are applying. If you are applying to take courses online, ask your school counselor where your transcript should be sent.