Concurrent Enrollment Program Prospective Students and Parents
The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program (PSEO) was created in 1985 as a means to "promote rigorous educational pursuits and provide a wider variety of options for students." Through PSEO, high school students receive both high school and college/university credit for college or university courses that are completed.
Through PSEO, students may take courses on a college or university campus or, where available, at their high school. PSEO courses offered in high school are commonly called concurrent enrollment courses.
To increase the likelihood of student success, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has set the following standards for admission to PSEO:
- sophomores must pass 8th grade MN Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Reading at the composite proficiency level of “meets or exceeds” and meets the prerequisites of the CTE course they wish to enroll in.
- for juniors, class rank in the upper one-third of their class or a score at or above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test, such as the ACT or SAT;
- for seniors, class rank in the upper one-half of their class or a score at or above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test, such as the ACT or SAT.
Students may also provide other documentation of readiness to perform college-level work for review and approval by a college or university. Other details about PSEO can be found in MnSCU Board Policy 3.5 and MnSCU System Procedure 3.5.1.