Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
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Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

What is the PSEO Program?

The Postsecondary Enrollment 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 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 program is not available during the summer. Tuition, fees and textbooks are provided at no cost to the student.

What Should Applicants Consider?

  • High School Graduation Requirements: Meet with your high school guidance counselor and review the courses you need to graduate. Enrollment in an incorrect PSEO class could result in delayed high school graduation, so communication with your high school guidance counselor is very important.
  • Academic Ability: Are you ready for college-level course work?
  • Maturity: Are you mature, responsible and self-disciplined enough to be successful in a college setting?
  • Scheduling & Transportation: Will you be able to manage schedules at two locations and do you have the transportation means to get to each location?
  • Financial Responsibility: Although the PSEO program covers the cost of tuition and textbooks, you may need to purchase other items which are not covered by PSEO funding such as equipment, tools, calculators and uniforms.


High school Juniors and Seniors must meet the following criteria:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
    PSEO applicants must submit a high school transcript showing a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Class Rank
    • High school Juniors must rank in the top one-third of their graduating class;
    • High school Seniors must rank in the top one-half of their graduating class;
    • Students who are unable to verify class rank or who do not meet class rank must provide a score report from a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (e.g. example ACT, SAT, PSAT, or PLAN) to prove national ranking.
  • Saint Paul College Assessment
    Saint Paul College Assessment results must meet course and program entrance requirements.

High school Sophomores must meet the following criteria:

  • High school Sophomores may enroll in one career or technical education course (PDF) at Saint Paul College if they have attained a passing score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) in Reading. Sophomores must also meet the College course prerequisites, including assessment scores and program admission requirements.
  • If a sophomore receives a grade of C or better in the course, the student may take additional career or technical education courses in subsequent terms.
    View eligible PSEO Career and Technical Education Courses for Sophomores

Alternative and home schooled students

All home schooled students and those students attending an alternative and/or charter school that does not use class ranking must provide the following:

  • Juniors: A nationally standardized norm-referenced test (e.g. ACT, SAT, PSAT, PLAN) with a score at or above the 70th percentile;
  • Seniors: A nationally standardized norm-referenced test (e.g. ACT, SAT, PSAT, PLAN) with a score at or above the 50th percentile;
  • Academic transcript showing a GPA of 2.0 or greater;
  • Saint Paul College assessment results must meet program entrance requirements and the requirements for the course you wish to take.

Admission Process

PSEO applicants must complete all steps of this process by the deadline. Please use the PSEO Application Process checklist as a tool to help you complete the application steps.

PSEO Application Process.pdfPSEO Application Process Checklist

Fall Semester Admission
Priority Deadline: May 15
Final Deadline: June 15

Spring Semester Admission
Priority Deadline: November 1
Final Deadline: December 1

  1. Complete the Saint Paul College application online at
  2. Submit the following materials to Saint Paul College by the application deadline:
    • Completed Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program Notice of Student Registration, including student, parent and high school counselor signatures;
    • An official copy of your high school transcript that includes GPA and class rank;
    • Official test scores from nationally standardized norm-referenced test, if unable to show class rank.
    • Completed PSEO Book Contract, agreeing to return textbooks to the Bookstore by the end of each semester. PSEO Book Contract.pdfPSEO Book Contract
  3. Complete the College's assessment (ACCUPLACER) by the official PSEO application deadline.
    • The College's assessment provides you with a profile of your current skills in math and reading. The assessment is used to determine course placement.
    • Assessment results must meet specific program entrance requirements.
  4. Be sure to speak with your high school counselor regarding high school graduation requirements, and 
    how they fit into your PSEO plans. 
  5. Optional:  Feel free to email Kathleen Gordon regarding any PSEO questions you may have.
  6. Send all required application materials to:
    Kathleen Gordon
    Saint Paul College
    235 Marshall Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55102

What majors/courses are PSEO eligible?

Students must declare a major prior to being admitted into PSEO and may indicate their major of choice on Saint Paul College’s online application. 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. PSEO students are not eligible to enroll in developmental courses, Cosmetology or Esthetics courses. If a student wishes to take any of these courses, the student will be financially responsible for the course.

The Associate in Arts (AA) Degree is a popular PSEO major. It focuses on the general education courses (e.g. English Composition, Humanities, Math, Science) that are most likely to fulfill high school graduation requirements, and provides a transfer curriculum that is accepted at most 4-year colleges and universities.  Please see link below for the AA Program Requirements Guide:
Associate in Arts Program Requirements Guide

What costs are covered by PSEO?

  • Tuition and fees
    Extra fees for certification exams, such as the Nursing Assistant Skills and Written Tests are the responsibility of the student. Certain courses may have additional fees. These extra fees may exist beyond normal tuition and fee coverage of the PSEO program and are the responsibility of the PSEO student.
  • Required textbooks and supplies
    • As part of PSEO admission, you will be required to sign a PSEO Book Contract agreeing to return books to the Bookstore by the last day of the semester. Please be advised that if your books are not returned by the deadline, you will be billed for the cost of your books. This bill must be paid out of pocket; it is not covered by the PSEO program.
    • The cost of any non-consumable supplies/equipment that are not "used up” during the course, but are still fully intact after the PSEO course has ended, are the responsibility of the PSEO student. Some examples of non-consumable supplies/equipment that are not covered by the PSEO program include:   tools, camera, uniform, stethoscope.

Orientation Sessions

New Student Orientation sessions are offered to all incoming students, including PSEO students. Orientation attendance is essential and strongly encouraged. 

You will receive an invitation to attend a New Student Orientation session as soon as you have been admitted to the College. If you cannot attend the New Student Orientation, please contact the PSEO Coordinator at Saint Paul College.

At Orientation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Register for classes, if you have not done so already;
  • Learn about important College policies and procedures;
  • Familiarize yourself with the campus and Student Services available to you;
  • Meet other new students.  

PSEO Welcome Night

Before the start of each new semester, newly admitted PSEO students will be invited to attend PSEO Welcome Night on campus.  This is a separate event from New Student Orientation, and covers information specific to PSEO students and families. New PSEO students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend Student Orientation sessions are offered to all incoming students, including PSEO students. Orientation attendance is essential and strongly encouraged.  

Questions and contact information

If you have questions about PSEO program details and/or eligibility, check out the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities PSEO Web site.

For more information about the PSEO program, please email Kathleen Gordon. Please remember to include your full name, grade level, and your high school in any inquiries.