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Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

The Postsecondary En​rollment Options (PSEO) program enables eligible Minnesota high school Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to take college classes for high school and/or college credit.​

The purpose of the Saint Paul College PSEO program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and provide a wider variety of options than what may be available in the high school setting.

You may attend either part-time or full-time during the fall and spring academic school year; the PSEO college program in St. Paul is not available during the summer. Tuition, fees, and textbooks are provided at no cost to the student.

Saint Paul College PSEO application deadlines are as follows:

Fall Semest​er Admiss​ion
Priority Deadline: Ma​y​ 15
Final Deadline: June 15​​

Spring Semester Admission
Priority Deadline: November 1
Final Deadli​ne: December 1​

All Saint Paul College PSEO students must attend a New Student Orientation session. If you have been admitted to the Saint Paul College PSEO program, please register for one of the following Spring Semester 2018 On-Campus Orientations:

Monday, November 20 at 4:00pm

Monday, December 4 at 4:00pm​​

Click here for more information on Saint Paul College New Student Orientation


  • Sop​homores: Eligibility & Application Process

    PSEO applicants must complete all steps of the process by the application deadline. Use the PSEO Application Process checklist for a step-by-step guide to the PSEO admission process. All eligibility requirements listed must be met for admission to the program.

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Attend a Minnesota public high school
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
    • 8th Grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) score of “Meets Expectation” or higher in Reading
    • Saint Paul College assessment scores must meet course and/or program entrance requirements. At minimum, both the Reading & Math assessments must be completed.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    For your convenience, we’ve combined the PDF forms you’ll need (PSEO Notice of Student Registration, Book Contract and Checklist) into 1 downloadable document: PSEO Application Documents

    1. Apply to Saint Paul College online
    2. Take the ACCUPLACER assessment test at Saint Paul College, or submit approved items for waiver.
    3. Complete the following forms:
      1. PSEO Notice of Student Registration form: complete with your high school counselor and discuss which courses you should take as part of PSEO
      2. PSEO Book Contract
    4. Gather the following documents:
      1. Official high school transcript
      2. A copy of your 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Reading scores
    5. Attach the PSEO Application Process checklist to items from Steps 3 and 4, and submit them no later than the application deadline to:
      • Email:pseo@saintpaul.edu
      • Fax: 651.403.4059, ATTN: PSEO Admissions
      • Mail: Saint Paul College PSEO, 235 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102
      • In-person: Enrollment Services, Room 1300

    Students are notified of the application outcome by email, typically within 5 – 10 business days of when all items listed are complete and received. During peak times, notification time may be longer.

    MAJORS & COURSES AVAILABLE

    Admitted sophomores may enroll in one career or technical education (CTE) course​ for which they meet the course prerequisites. If a sophomore receives a grade of C or better in the course, the student may take additional CTE courses in subsequent terms.

  • Juniors: Eligibility & Application Process

    PSEO applicants must complete all steps of the process by the deadline. Use the PSEO Application Process checklist for a step-by-step guide to the PSEO admission process. All eligibility requirements listed must be met for admission to the program.

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
    • Rank in the top one-third (33%) of their graduating class OR score at or above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized norm-referenced test (e.g. ACT, SAT, PSAT, PLAN)
    • Saint Paul College assessment results must indicate a college-level reading placement and meet course and program entrance requirements. At minimum, both the Reading & Math assessments must be taken.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    For your convenience, we’ve combined the PDF forms you’ll need (PSEO Notice of Student Registration, Book Contract and Checklist) into 1 downloadable document: PSEO Application Documents

    1. Apply to Saint Paul College online
    2. Take the ACCUPLACER assessment test at Saint Paul College, or submit approved items for waiver.
    3. Complete the following forms:
      1. PSEO Notice of Student Registration form: complete with your high school counselor and discuss which courses you should take as part of PSEO
      2. PSEO Book Contract
    4. Gather the following documents:
      1. Official high school transcript with GPA & Class Rank
      2. If high school transcript does not include class rank, you attend a homeschool, or you do not meet the class rank requirement, you must also provide a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (e.g. PLAN, ACT, PSAT, SAT) with a composite score at or above the 70th percentile.

        If your high school keeps class rank but it is not published on your transcript, you may alternatively submit a letter from your high school counselor verifying you are in the top third of your graduating class.
    5. Attach the PSEO Application Process checklist to items from Steps 3 and 4, and submit them no later than the application deadline to:
      • Email:pseo@saintpaul.edu
      • Fax: 651.403.4059, ATTN: PSEO Admissions
      • Mail: Saint Paul College PSEO, 235 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102
      • In-person: Enrollment Services, Room 1300

    Students are notified of the application outcome by email, typically within 5 – 10 business days of when all items listed are complete and received. During peak times, notification time may be longer.

    MAJORS & COURSES AVAILABLE

    Most programs and majors are available to junior and senior PSEO participants. Students must meet the program entry requirements/assessment scores in reading and math for their major. Please note that some trade programs require full-time enrollment.

    The Associate in Arts (AA) Degree is the most common PSEO major for juniors and seniors. It focuses on the general education courses (e.g. English Composition, Social Sciences, Math, Science) that are most likely to fulfill high school graduation requirements. It also provides a transfer curriculum that is accepted at most 4-year colleges and universities.

    PSEO students are not eligible to enroll in the following courses:

    • Developmental/remedial courses (courses below 1XXX)
    • Cosmetology
    • Esthetics

    If a student enrolls in any of these courses, the student will be financially responsible for the course.

  • Seniors: Eligibility & Application Process

    PSEO applicants must complete all steps of the process by the deadline. Use the PSEO Application Process checklist checklist for a step-by-step guide to the PSEO admission process. All eligibility requirements listed must be met for admission to the program.

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
    • Rank in the top one-half (50%) of their graduating class OR score at or above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized norm-referenced test (e.g. ACT, SAT, PSAT, PLAN)
    • Saint Paul College assessment results must indicate a college-level reading placement and meet course and program entrance requirements. At minimum, both the Reading & Math assessments must be taken.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    For your convenience, we’ve combined the PDF forms you’ll need (PSEO Notice of Student Registration, Book Contract and Checklist) into 1 downloadable document: PSEO Application Documents​

    1. Apply to Saint Paul College on​line
    2. Take the ACCUPLACER assessment test at Saint Paul College, or submit approved items for waiver.
    3. Complete the following forms:
      1. PSEO Notice of Student Registration form: complete with your high school counselor and discuss which courses you should take as part of PSEO
      2. PSEO Book Contract
    4. Gather the following documents:
      1. Official high school transcript with GPA & Class Rank
      2. If high school transcript does not include class rank, you attend a homeschool, or you do not meet the class rank requirement, you must also provide a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (e.g. PLAN, ACT, PSAT, SAT) with a composite score at or above the 70th percentile.

        If your high school keeps class rank but it is not published on your transcript, you may alternatively submit a letter from your high school counselor verifying you are in the top third of your graduating class.
    5. Attach the PSEO Application Process checklist to items from Steps 3 and 4, and submit them no later than the application deadline to:
      • Email:pseo@saintpaul.edu
      • Fax: 651.403.4059, ATTN: PSEO Admissions
      • Mail: Saint Paul College PSEO, 235 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102
      • In-person: Enrollment Services, Room 1300

    Students are notified of the application outcome by email, typically within 5 – 10 business days of when all items listed are complete and received. During peak times, notification time may be longer.

    MAJORS & COURSES AVAILABLE

    Most programs and majors are available to junior and senior PSEO participants. Students must meet the program entry requirements/assessment scores in reading and math for their major. Please note that some trade programs require full-time enrollment.

    The Associate in Arts (AA) Degree is the most common PSEO major for juniors and seniors. It focuses on the general education courses (e.g. English Composition, Social Sciences, Math, Science) that are most likely to fulfill high school graduation requirements. It also provides a transfer curriculum that is accepted at most 4-year colleges and universities.

    PSEO students are not eligible to enroll in the following courses:

    • Developmental/remedial courses (courses below 1XXX)
    • Cosmetology
    • Esthetics

    If a student enrolls in any of these courses, the student will be financially responsible for the course.

  • Returning PSEO Students

    If you have previously been accepted to and attended PSEO at Saint Paul College for one or more semesters, you do not need to reapply. However, returning PSEO students must complete and submit the following two updated forms every semester to participate:

    These forms must be submitted to the PSEO Coordinator before a PSEO student can register for the following term. The deadline for submitting the completed forms is the same as the PSEO application deadline: June 15th for Fall Semester and December 1st for Spring Semester.

  • Things to Consider

    High School Graduation Requirements
    ​Meet with your high school guidance counselor and review the courses you need to graduate and what types of PSEO courses would meet those requirements. Enrollment in an incorrect PSEO class could result in delayed high school graduation, so communication with your high school guidance counselor is necessary.

    Academic Ability
    ​Have you done well in other advanced coursework? College coursework tends to be more demanding than high school coursework. For every credit you are enrolled in, you can expect to spend 1 hour in class and 2 hours on homework per week. For a four credit course alone, you can expect to commit 12 hours per week.

    Maturity
    Are you mature, responsible, and self-disciplined enough to be successful in a college setting? As a college student, you are expected to behave as an adult without reminders.

    Scheduling
    Saint Paul College and your high school may run on two different academic calendars, meaning start dates and vacation days may be different. If you are a part-time PSEO student, you need to manage schedules at two locations, which may limit which courses are available for you to take.

    Transportation
    Students need to arrange transportation to the college. We are on a bus route and offer free on-campus parking to PSEO students. Bus passes and gas money are not covered; however, you can inquire with your school district about qualifying for the transportation reimbursement program available to families with incomes below the federal poverty guidelines.

    Financial Responsibility
    Although the PSEO program covers the cost of tuition and textbooks, you may need to purchase other items not covered by PSEO funding. Non-consumable supplies (supplies that are not “used up” during the course but remains fully intact) are the responsibility of the PSEO student and may include but are not limited to equipment, tools, calculators, or uniforms. Certain courses may have additional fees or certification exam expenses. These extra fees may exist beyond normal tuition and fee coverage of the PSEO program and are the responsibility of the PSEO student.

    Please be advised that while textbooks and some materials are covered, any that are not returned to the college by the deadline in good condition will become the student’s responsibility and the student will be billed. This bill must be paid out of pocket; it is not covered by the PSEO program.

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