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PSEO:  Admission Requirements

The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program is a state-sponsored program that allows qualified sophomores, juniors and seniors to take college-level courses that apply to both high school graduation requirements and a college degree. It is intended to increase the range and depth of academic options for high school students.  

Registration Dates

  • Fall semester registration opens on April 1 for PSEO students.

  • Spring semester registration opens on November 1 for PSEO students.

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 and high school counselor/principal. Students should notify their high school by May 30th of their intent to enroll in PSEO for the upcoming school year. 

Reference:  PSEO Memo for Principals, Counselors, Coordinators
                    PSEO Notice of Student Registration form  (for home school, private, and charter school students only)

  • 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 college readiness assessment test.

  • Sophomores who are interested in career and technical courses may take one career and technical college level 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 technical course with a C or higher, the student can take additional career and technical courses as long as he or she meets the assessment requirement for those courses. Students who first enter PSEO programming through career and technical education 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.

Application Process

Step 1
Make an appointment with your high school counselor to discuss your career plan and review your high school graduation requirements.

Step 2
Complete the Minnesota West eApplication for Admission. The application fee is not required  for PSEO enrollment.

Step 3
Request that your high school send a current official high school transcript showing class rank/size to the campus/center where you are applying.

Step 4
Return the application for admission, registration form, and high school transcript to the campus/center you plan to attend. 

Step 5
When your application has been processed, you will receive an acceptance or denial letter detailing the steps you need to follow for Accuplacer Assessment and PSEO Online Orientation.