The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program is the program established by Minnesota State Statutes 124D.09 to "promote rigorous educational pursuits and provide a wider variety of options for students."
Students 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.
The PSEO program also allows high school students to take college courses on a college or university campus, at their high school or online taught by college or university faculty members.
Many high schools offer PSEO courses through concurrent enrollment, allowing students to take college courses taught by highly qualified high school teachers without having to leave the high school. Under certain circumstances, students in 9th or 10th grade may also be allowed to take concurrent enrollment courses. If you are interested in PSEO or concurrent enrollment, talk to your high school guidance counselor and college/university admissions staff or go to http://www.mnscu.edu/admissions/pseo/index.html. Most campuses have deadlines for applications for enrollment in November for spring enrollment and June for fall enrollment. Local school districts also need to be notified by May 1st for fall semester starts. Check with your district and college or university for their specific deadline dates.
Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are offered at many high schools and provide a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to take college level courses. Students who achieve a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement test can have that score evaluated by a college or university for a college credit. Students who attain an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma shall be granted six (6) lower division course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Higher Level IB examinations and two (2) lower division course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Standard Level IB examination will be awarded college credit at any MnSCU college or university.
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Students take the college's assessment test (Accuplacer) and must meet college-level readiness requirements to qualify for PSEO. Students testing into remedial or developmental courses are not eligible for the program.