Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
All students must have a meeting with their High School Principal and Mainstream Coordinator before signing up for PSEO.
What is PSEO?
- The PSEO program is for highly motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to take courses at a postsecondary institution for high school and college credit.
- PSEO is offered at a large number of Minnesota public and private colleges.
- The program provides students with a greater variety of class offerings and challenging college-level coursework.
- Tuition, fees, and required textbooks are at no cost to the students.
Who qualifies for PSEO?
- Sophomores with pre- approval
- Juniors in the top 33% of their class
- Seniors in the top 33% of their class
What Colleges can I attend?
- University of Minnesota and its branches
- All State Universities (MNSCU)
- Community colleges and Technical colleges
- Minnesota Private two or four year colleges
Minnesota State Academies partners with South Central College to provide on-site classes for our students.
What kind of courses can I take?
- When selecting courses, students should be attentive to fulfilling the subject areas required for high school graduation.
- Students may also choose any elective courses they desire
- Credits received at a post-secondary institutions are on the student’s record and count as courses completed at that institution and at Minnesota State Academies.
- If students withdraw from a course, they must let the post-secondary institution and the high school know immediately. PSEO students are subject to the same procedures and/or penalties as any other high school student when withdrawing from or failing a course.
- 4 College Credits =1 MSA High School Credit
- 3 College Credits = .05 MSA High School Credit
- 2 College Credits = .05 MSA High School Credit
Things to consider....
- Students may enroll in PSEO part-time or full-time
- Students are expected to be responsible and independent learners.
- Success in the PSEO program is not guaranteed because a student has been successful in high school.
- College level classes can provide a great opportunity for the right student, however, this can be a struggle for those who are not fully prepared for the rigorous coursework.
- Students must be on track for graduation at the State Academies.
- Students must be able to advocate for their educational needs and work with Disability Services at the college of choice.
- Student’s responsibility to arrange transportation/lodging during the days MSA is not in session and college classes are in session.
- Grades earned through the PSEO program are permanent on your college and high school transcripts.
- It is the student's responsibility to research how the PSEO credits will transfer between post-secondary institutions.