PSEO: 10th Grade Career and Technical Students

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PSEO: 10th Grade Career and Technical Students

We’re glad you plan to attend Anoka-Ramsey! As a Postsecondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) student, you’ll find we offer many services to help you succeed.

Please consider attending a PSEO Information Session to learn more.

Below are the steps to become a sophomore PSEO student.

Special Requirements for 10th Grade PSEO

PSEO students in 10th grade will be allowed to register for ONE CTE (Career and Technical Education) course during their first semester. If they are successful (C or higher) in their first course, they can register for more in their second semester. Not all Anoka-Ramsey CTE courses are open for 10th grade PSEO students. Please see the full list of eligible courses in the Eligible Career and Technical Course section below.

  • Apply online for admission to the college. There is no cost to apply.

    Once you have applied online, the following items are needed to complete your application:

    • Complete the PSEO Notice of Student Registration Form. Your high school counselor or administrator is required to sign this form. The current PSEO Notice of Student Registration form (located in the Forms section on the right menu), allows for typed signatures and can be completed electronically.
    • Submit your High School transcript.
      • If you are a public school student and your transcript doesn’t include your 8th grade MCA reading score, showing a score of Meets or Exceeds, then you must also submit that. If you were unable to take the 8th grade MCA Reading assessment due to COVID-19, you can submit your 7th grade MCA Reading assessment, showing a score of Meets or Exceeds.
      • Students that do not have a 7th or 8th grade MCA score will need to take the Accuplacer assessment and place into College-Level Reading. Accuplacer testing is currently only offered through remote proctoring. Please contact the testing center via email to get set up with Accuplacer testing.

    Email all documents to:

    We are unable to take photographs of documentation but can accept scans and PDFs of transcripts and PSEO Notice of Student Registration forms.

    Or, mail all documents to:

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College
    ATT: PSEO Admissions
    300 Spirit River Dr S
    Cambridge, MN 55008

    Watch your email for your Acceptance information! We will only email the address that you used to create your StarID and apply to Anoka-Ramsey. Students will not be accepted until all paperwork listed above has been submitted.

  • You can meet Course Placement requirements by submitting scores from the ACT exam or the Accuplacer assessment. You can learn more about the assessment and determine if your ACT scores are sufficient for placement.

    Due to COVID-19, our placement process has changed. If you did not already complete the Accuplacer or ACT, you will be placed into courses using your high school GPA and high school coursework. Placement based on high school GPA will continue through the registration for Spring 2021. More information about GPA placement will be included in your Acceptance email. If students are not satisfied with placement based on GPA and course completion, the Accuplacer Assessment may be offered in a remote capacity only if you have the necessary technology.


  • Anoka-Ramsey is not currently offering in person Orientation and Registration sessions. Currently, these are two separate steps – Online Orientation followed by a Post-Orientation Registration Appointment.

    Once you have been admitted and received your PSEO Acceptance Email, you’ll be provided a link to sign up for an Online Orientation. Find more information about Online Orientation.

    After your Orientation is complete, you’ll be emailed a link to set up a Post-Orientation Registration Appointment with your assigned Academic Advisor. During this appointment (by phone or Zoom video) you’ll be able to discuss your course options, transfer plans and follow up on any items in the Online Orientation that you wanted more information on. You will be able to register during or anytime following this appointment.

    Please note – your Academic Advisor will not know your high school graduation requirements. It is your responsibility to connect with your high school counselor, dean, or parent if homeschooled prior to your meeting with your Academic Advisor. There is a PSEO Advising Form (located in the Forms section on the right menu), that you can complete with the help of your high school counselor or dean. We recommend having that form nearby during your Post-Orientation Advising Appointment or emailing it to your advisor before your appointment.

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College follows the PSEO admission guidelines set forth by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU):

    • High School Sophomores: Must pass 8th grade MN Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Reading at the composite proficiency level of Meets or Exceeds, or equivalent assessment, and meet the prerequisites of the CTE course they wish to enroll in.  If a student was unable to take the 8th grade MCA Reading assessment due to COVID-19, they can submit their 7th grade MCA Reading assessment, showing a score of Meets or Exceeds.  Students who do not have an MCA score can use the Accuplacer Reading assessment and must place into college level reading.
  • Your books will typically be available for Pick-up roughly two weeks before the start of the semester. PSEO students are provided books for the semester but must return them within one week after the end of the semester. Students that do not return their books may be charged for the cost of the unreturned textbook(s).

    Students can search their books and view book pick-up options from Anoka-Ramsey's Bookstore.



    BUS 1101 – Intro to Business
    BUS 1103 – Human Relations in the Workplace
    BUS 1104 – Written Business Communications
    BUS 1112 – Computer Concepts and Applications
    BUS 1122 – Business Ethics and Social Issues
    BUS 2142 – Principles of Marketing
    BUS 2215 – Legal Environment of Business

    Career Development

    CAOR 1102 – Career Development


    HCCC 1000 – Intro to Healthcare Careers
    HPER 1102 – Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
    HPER 1103 – First Aid and CPR
    HPER 1112 – Nutrition
    HPER 1115 – Stress Management
    HPER 2205 – Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
    HPER 2230 – Intro to Sports Management
    IHH 1100 – Intro to Integrative Health and Healing
    IHH 2106 – Intro to Qigong (IHH 1000 recommended before enrolling in 2106)

    Information Technology

    CNET 1100 – Introduction to Information Technology
    CSCI 1101 – Intro to Computer Science and Problem Solving (requires placement into course through Math Accuplacer test)


    BMED 1100 – Intro to Biomedical Devices and Industry
    BMED 2100 – Design and Manufacturing in the Medical Device Industry (BMED 1100 recommended before enrolling in 2100)
    ENGR 1100 – Introduction to Engineering

  • Once students are admitted to Anoka-Ramsey and enroll in courses, they do not have to reapply every semester. Students are responsible for submitting an updated PSEO Notice of Student Registration form each semester, before their registration hold is lifted. Students can find their registration date here: Registration for Current Students

    It is recommended that PSEO students meet with their assigned academic advisor each semester.

    Summer enrollment:

    PSEO funding does not cover summer courses. If a current PSEO student would like to register for a summer course, they will need to complete a Financial Responsibility Agreement and then meet with their Academic Advisor to register.

    Readmission after a break:

    If a PSEO student takes a semester off (not including summer) and would like to return to Anoka-Ramsey, they must work with the PSEO admissions office and submit new application materials (PSEO Notice of Student Registration form and high school transcript) to verify that they still meet the eligibility criteria.

  • High school students who are not eligible for the PSEO program, or are interested in taking a class over the summer when PSEO funding is not available, may be permitted to enroll in courses outside of the PSEO program, as a Special High School Student. Students would be responsible for payment of tuition, fees, and books. Students who have completed or are enrolled in PSEO or Concurrent Enrollment (College in the high schools) courses should connect with their Academic Advisor to register for summer courses.

    Special High School Admissions process:

    • Submit Online Anoka-Ramsey application as a general student (not PSEO)
    • Submit the following documentation to the PSEO office
      • High school transcript
      • Two letters of recommendation
        • Letters must be from people outside of the applicant’s family such as an administrator, counselor or teacher that can speak to the student’s educational abilities.
      • Signed consent letter from Applicant’s legal guardian, if under 18
      • Take Accuplacer assessment or submit equivalent ACT scores
        • Student must place into college level Reading/English and Math. ACT scores that represent college level placement: Reading- 21, English – 18, Math – 18.


    Email or mail paperwork to:


    Anoka-Ramsey Community College
    Attn: Admissions
    300 Spirit River Dr S
    Cambridge, MN 55008

    Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and next steps by email.

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