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PSEO: Junior and Senior High School Students

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

In order to be eligible for the PSEO program as a Junior or Senior, a student must meet one of the following options:

High School Juniors

  • Public/Private High School GPA of 3.0 (unweighted, cumulative GPA)
  • Public/Private High School class rank in top 1/3
  • Nationally standardized test composite score at the 70th percentile or higher. Common tests include: ITED, CAT (Timed Version), ACT Aspire, PreACT, ACT, PSAT or SAT.

High School Seniors

  • High School GPA of 2.5 (unweighted, cumulative GPA)
  • Class rank in top 1/2
  • Nationally standardized test composite score at the 50th percentile or higher. Common tests include: ITED, CAT (Timed Version), ACT Aspire, PreACT, ACT, PSAT or SAT.

Please view our PSEO Admissions Steps and helpful information below.

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

    Once you have applied online, you need to submit the following before you will be accepted:

    • PSEO Notice of Student Registration form
      • Please complete this form, including a signature from your school counselor or administrator. 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.
    • High School Transcripts
      • Including class rank and GPA. If you are homeschooled or your school does not use class rank/GPA, or you do not qualify with your class rank/GPA, you will also need to submit a copy of a nationally standardized test score (Please see Academic Eligibility Requirements section below for examples of acceptable tests.)
      • An immunization form will also be required of homeschooled students by the 45th day of classes in their first semester.

    Email all documents to:

    PSEO@anokaramsey.edu

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

    Please allow two weeks for your application to be processed. All applications are processed at the Cambridge Campus for both Coon Rapids Campus and Cambridge Campus students.

    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.

  • Assessment and placement are required for all students to assess skill levels in reading, English composition, and mathematics. Information including academic history and test scores (any available ACT, SAT, MCA, AP, and Accuplacer scores) are used to determine appropriate course placement to promote student success in college. Students will be notified of their Course Placement after their admission to the program. If the college was unable to determine a student’s course placement with available information, we will follow up on options to take an Accuplacer assessment or submit additional information.

    Learn More about Course Placement.

  • Once you have received your Course Placement information, you’ll be provided a link to sign up for an Online Orientation.

    Within a few days of completing the PSEO Online Orientation, you’ll be contacted by your academic advisor via email and will be provided their appointment link. Use this link to schedule a registration appointment with your academic advisor. During this appointment, you’ll be able to discuss and plan your courses based on your high school requirements, major, and transfer plans. Anytime after or during this appointment, you can register for courses.

    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 advising appointment or emailing it to your advisor before your appointment.

  • 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.

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College follows the PSEO admission guidelines set forth by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) as well as the Anoka-Ramsey Admissions Policy. Students can qualify by meeting any of the eligibility criteria listed for the grade level they will be when participating in PSEO:

    High School Juniors

    • Public/Private High School GPA of 3.0 (unweighted, cumulative GPA)
    • Public/Private High School class rank in top 1/3
    • Nationally standardized test composite score at the 70th percentile or higher. Common tests include: ITED, CAT (Timed Version), ACT Aspire, PreACT, ACT, PSAT or SAT.

    High School Seniors

    • High School GPA of 2.5 (unweighted, cumulative GPA)
    • Class rank in top 1/2
    • Nationally standardized test composite score at the 50th percentile or higher. Common tests include: ITED, CAT (Timed Version), ACT Aspire, PreACT, ACT, PSAT or SAT.
  • 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.

    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.

    Enrolling with Anoka-Ramsey after high school graduation:

    Students who wish to continue with Anoka-Ramsey after they graduate high school can complete our Application for Readmission. That will allow us to update the application type without having a student complete a brand new application.

  • 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.

    Summer option for admitted PSEO or Concurrent Enrollment students

    Complete the Financial Responsibility Agreement and submit it to PSEO@Anokaramsey.edu.

    The PSEO office will process the form and provide information on next steps to students.

    Special High School Admissions process:

    For students who are not admitted to either the PSEO or Concurrent Enrollment program and would like to take courses in any term:

    • Submit Online Anoka-Ramsey application as a general student (not PSEO)
    • Submit the following documentation to the PSEO office

    Email or mail paperwork to:

    PSEO@anokaramsey.edu

    or

    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.

  • PSEO students are not allowed to take the following types of courses:

    • Courses during summer session
    • Developmental courses numbered < 1000
    • Specific program courses requiring special admission; i.e., Nursing, Massage, PTA (*Pharmacy Tech program is eligible for PSEO funding)
    • All field study abroad classes – French, German, Chinese, Spanish, Humanities 2200
    • Field trips requiring an overnight stay
    • Private instruction
    • Credit by exam

    Additionally, the following courses are not eligible for PSEO funding:

    HPER 1123 Outdoor Activities

    HPER 1132 Skiing (Cambridge)

    HPER 1132 Skiing (Coon Rapids)

    HPER 1134 Snowboarding (Cambridge)

    HPER 1134 Snowboarding (Coon Rapids)

    HPER 1144 Camping (Cambridge)

    HPER 1156 Golf

    HUM 2200 Field Study Abroad

    MUSC 1105 Applied Lesson

    MUSC 2105 Applied Lesson

    MUSC 2150 AFA Applied Lesson

    MUSC 2175 AFA Recital Applied Lesson

    NATS 1003 (SD Trip, Summer only)

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