PSEO Program

Learn about the PSEO Program - Join us for an Information Session

Watch our video with instructions on how to apply online for the PSEO program.

 

What is PSEO?

There are two types of Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) Programs, each has different admission and course eligibility:

  1. PSEO General Education for Juniors and Seniors completing general education courses

  2. PSEO Career & Technical Education (CTE) program for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors completing eligible career and technical education courses identified by the college.

The PSEO Program is designed to offer Minnesota high school seniors, juniors and sophomores in public, nonpublic or home schools, with demonstrated academic achievement the opportunity to take college level courses while attending high school.

The program provides students with a greater variety of course offerings and the opportunity to pursue more challenging coursework that may not be available at the high school.  Students make take courses on campus or online, either full-time or part-time.

The PSEO program allows high school students to earn college credits tuition free, saving both time and money on completing a college degree.  With the high school's permission, the students can also use those credits toward the completion of high school graduation requirements.

The priority application deadline for fall semester is June 1, the final deadline is July 1.  The priority application deadline for spring semester is November 1 and the final deadline is December 1.

 

 

What's Covered?

Courses:

  • PSEO eligible courses are offered during the fall and spring terms on the Normandale campus.

  • The Minnesota Department of Education does not fund courses taken during the summer.  If a PSEO student chooses to enroll in courses during the summer term, the tuition, fees and books are the student's responsibility.

  • PSEO students may not take courses at any other college where they have not been admitted. The MN Dept. of Education will only cover PSEO expenses billed by the institution(s) to which PSEO students have been admitted. Students will be held responsible for any tuition, fees, books and supplies for courses at other institutions to which they are not admitted.

Costs:

  • The cost for all course tuition, required fees and required textbooks are covered under the PSEO program.

  • However, textbooks paid for through PSEO become the property of Normandale Community College upon completion of the course due to policies established in law by the State of Minnesota. It also covers consumable supplies that are required specifically for a class, such as art supplies, film, etc.

  • For more on Textbook and Course Materials policy, click here.

See the Frequently Asked Questions for PSEO for additional program information.

What's NOT Covered?

Courses not covered:

  • The program does not cover the costs for developmental courses(numbered below 1000). Other selected course offerings also may not be available to PSEO students.

  • PSEO students are not eligible for courses with supplemental fees greater than $85.

  • PSEO students are not eligible for financial aid.

  • The Minnesota Department of Education will only cover PSEO expenses billed by the institution(s) to which PSEO students have been admitted.

  • PSEO students will be responsible for any tuition, fees, and supplies at any institution(s) to which they are not admitted.

Costs not covered:

  • The program does not cover general school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, etc., or non-consumable supplies such as instrument rental, uniforms, etc.

  • Transportation costs to the college are not covered by the PSEO program and are the responsibility of the student.  However, some PSEO students may be eligible for assistance with transportation costs. To be eligible, a student's family must be under the federal poverty income guidelines. Students who qualify will work with their district on the reimbursement process. More information is available at the Minnesota Department of Education's web site.

  • The Minnesota Department of Education does not fund courses taken during the summer.  If a PSEO student chooses to enroll in courses during the summer term, the tuition, fees and books are the student's responsibility.

 

See the Frequently Asked Questions for PSEO for additional program information.

Eligibility Requirements for the General PSEO Program-

High school seniors must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher, or rank in the top one-half of the graduating class or score at or above the 50th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such as ACT, SAT, PSAT, Pre-ACT, the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10) or Iowa Assessments.

High School juniors must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher or, rank in the upper one-third of the graduating class or score at or above the 70th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such as ACT, SAT, PSAT, Pre-ACT, the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10) or Iowa Assessments.

If needed home schooled students can access to the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10) or the Iowa Assessments through the Minnesota Statewide Testing Program.

 The admissions process involves 3 steps:

  1. Submit the application materials and meet eligibility requirements
  2. Satisfying course placements
  3. Completing the online orientation class

For each step, a certain requirement must be met before moving to the next step.

Therefore, applicants are only notified of the next step when the previous requirement has been met.

The Admissions Office will send emails with information on how to complete each step.  This should be done as soon as possible after receiving the email with instructions.

**NOTE: Although students meet the eligibility criteria for admission to the program, the reading course placement is the determining factor for a student's participation in the general PSEO program. Eligible applicants must satisfy all three sections (reading, writing and mathematics) of course placements.  A college level placement in reading is required to enroll in classes under the PSEO program.  PSEO students are not eligible for developmental courses. Students who do not also place college-level placement in English and/or mathematics, will not have access to courses in those academic subject areas.

Accuplacer placement testing has been temporarily suspended.  Normandale is following temporary course placement guidelines established by MN State.  Under these guidelines, course placements is determined using ACT, MCA or SAT scores or high school GPA.  Please see our Course Placement web page to learn more.

ACT SAT MCA HS GPA
Read: 21 Read: 480 Read: 1047 Read: 2.6
English: 18 English: 480 English: 2.6
Math: 22 Math: 530 Math: 1148 Math: 2.7+





Eligibility Requirements for the PSEO Career & Technical Education Program (CTE)-

  • Students must be enrolled in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade.  (Nonpublic and home schooled 10th grade students are also eligible to participate in PSEO, including CTE courses.)

  • Students in the 10th grade must have attained a passing score on the 8th Grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) in reading.  Or, meet placement requirements established by the college as indicated on the high school transcript. 

    Note:  A change in eligibility criteria for the 2021-2022:
    • If no 8th grad MCA reading score is available, a 7th grade reading score that meets (score of 750) or exceeds (score of 767) proficiency,  
    • If no 7th grade MCA reading score is available, if available, substitute ACCUPLACER next Gen reading score of 250 or higher. 
              Note:  Normandale has suspended ACCUPLACER testing due to COVID-19.
    • If no ACCUPLACER score is available please contact the Normandale PSEO to discuss other options to determine eligibility.
  •  Students in the 11th grade must rank in the top third of their graduating class, or score 70th percentile or higher on a nationally normed referenced test (ACT, SAT, PSAT, Pre-ACT, the Stanford Achievement Test or the Iowa Assessments) or may qualify with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for high schools that do not provide high school rank

  • Students in the 12th grade must rank in the top half of their graduating class, or score 50th percentile or higher on a nationally normed referenced test (ACT, SAT, PSAT, Pre-ACT, the Stanford Achievement Test or Iowa Assessments) or may qualify with a GPA of 2.5 or higher for high schools that do not provide high school rank.

  • Students must meet other course prerequisites or course enrollment standards established by the college. These standards include but are not limited to assessment test scores, program admission or other requirements.

  • Students are eligible for only one course the first semester. If a student earns a grade of "C" or better in the one course taken the first semester, the student can enroll in more than one CTE course in subsequent semesters.

  • A student who first enrolls under this provision while in 10th grade can enroll in general education courses as an 11th or 12th grade student.  The student should contact their assigned advisor or the Office of Admissions.

 

How to Apply to the General PSEO Program-

The priority application deadline for fall semester is June 1 and the final deadline is July 1.  The priority application deadline for spring semester is November 1 and the final deadline is December 1. 

New applicants to Normandale now have the option to apply online.  If you have ever created a StarID and password, use it to apply, do not create a new one.  Call 952-358-8208 if you have questions.

Watch this video for instructions on completing the online application.

If you prefer to submit an electronic paper application following the instructions below.  ALL materials must be submitted together.  


The online application allows you to upload application documents (included in the instructional video).   You can also send documents as PDF files attached to an email to pseo@normandale.edu.   Because we have moved to virtual service, we discourage using US mail and prefer that all documents be submitted electronically.  

Application documents include:

  • A copy of a current high school transcript that includes cumulative GPA

  • ACT, SAT or PSAT, Pre-ACT, the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) or Iowa Assessments scores if available for eligibility and course placements (ACT, SAT and MCA only)

  • Records of immunizations (home schooled students only)

  • A MN Dept of Education PSEO Program Notice of Student Registration form. Parts 1 and 2 of the form must be completed and signed

  • Official transcripts of previously completed college level coursework (College in the Schools, Advance Placement, International Baccalaureate, PSEO at another institution, etc.)

Note:  Information regarding your admission status will be sent via email to the address provided on the application or your assigned Normandale student email account.

For additional information call (952) 358-8208or email.

How to Apply to the PSEO CTE Program-

The priority application deadline for fall semester is  June 1 and the final deadline is July 1.  The  priority application deadline for spring semester is November 1 and the final deadline is December 1. 

Submit an electronic paper application following the instructions below.   ALL materials must be submitted together.  

  • MN Dept of Education PSEO Program Notice of Student Registration Form. Parts 1 and 2 of the form must be completed and signed.

  • Evidence of a passing score on the MCA 7th or 8th grade assessment, if not on transcript (10th grade applicants only) or qualifying ACCUPLACER score

  • A copy of a current high school transcript that includes cumulative GPA

  • ACT, SAT, PSAT, Pre-ACT, the Stanford Achievement Test or Iowa Assessment scores to determine class rank (for 11th and 12th grade applicants) 

  • Official transcripts of previously completed college level coursework (College in the Schools, Advance Placement, International Baccalaureate, PSEO at another college, etc.)

  • Records of immunizations  (home schooled students only)

Eligible applicants will be notified by email of their admission status.

For additional information call (952) 358-8208 or email.

Notification & Placement

When the application, Minnesota Department of Education form and required transcripts and documents have been received, the Normandale Office of Admissions will send a letter verifying that the student's application is complete. If the student needs to complete placement testing, additional information on how to complete this requirement will be provided.

When course placement has been determined, applicants will be notified of a PSEO Advising and Registration program date.

If an applicant does not place at the college level in reading, the applicant is not eligible to register for general education courses through the PSEO program.

The Online Orientation program will provide new students important information about their life as a student at Normandale Community College, advice on how to achieve academic success at the College and guidance in registering for their courses.

Counselors and advisors are available to help students select an appropriate course schedule based on the student’s interests, abilities and goals.

Developmental courses may not be taken under the PSEO program due to policies established in law by the State of Minnesota. In accordance with Minnesota State law, PSEO benefits are not available for enrollment during summer terms.

Qualified students are accepted to the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program only and are not admitted general enrollment students at Normandale Community College.

PSEO students who wish to continue their college education at Normandale after their high school graduation must complete a separate General Admission application form, the $20 application fee will be waived.