Post-Secondary Enrollment Option
The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program is the program established by Minnesota State Statutes 124D.09 to "promote rigorous educational pursuits and provide a wider variety of options for students." Through PSEO, 10th, 11th and 12th grade high school students can get a jump start on earning college credits by taking college courses while they are in still in high school through Minnesota's PSEO program. This program allows students to take college courses tuition free, saving both time and money on completing a college degree. PSEO courses may also fulfill high school course requirements and count toward a high school diploma. Pine Technical College gladly participates in the PSEO program and offers this wonderful opportunity to our high school students.
Career and Technical Course Options
Students who are interested in career and technical courses may take one career and technical college level course taught by a college faculty member on a college campus, at their high school or online as early as grade 10. To be eligible to do so, they must be enrolled in a public school, have a minimum of a "proficient" score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for reading and meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course that must be met by all students. If a student successfully completes the technical course with a C or higher, the student can take additional career and technical courses as long as he or she meets the assessment requirement for those courses. Students who first enter PSEO programming through career and technical education can also begin to
take PSEO general education courses in grades 11 and 12 by meeting the assessment prerequisites for the general education course they wish to enroll in, regardless of class rank or percentile on a nationally standardized exam.
General Education Course Options
The PSEO program also allows high school students to take college courses on a college or university campus, at their high school or online taught by college or university faculty members. To be eligible to take PSEO courses at a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, high school juniors must be in the upper one-third of their class or earn a score at or above the 70th percentile on a national test such as the ACT,SAT, PSAT or PLAN. Seniors must be in the upper half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on a national test such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT or PLAN. Eligible students will also need to meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course
that must be met by all students taking the course.
Many high schools offer PSEO courses through concurrent enrollment, allowing students to take college courses taught by highly qualified high school teachers without having to leave the high school. Under certain circumstances, students in 9th or 10th grade may
also be allowed to take concurrent enrollment courses. If you are interested in PSEO or concurrent enrollment, talk to your high school guidance counselor and college/ university admissions staff or go to www.mnscu.edu/pseo. Most campuses have deadlines for applications for enrollment in November for spring enrollment and June for fall enrollment. Local school districts also need to be notified by May 1st for fall semester starts. Check with your district and college or university for their specific deadline dates.
Credit for Prior Learning (AP and IB Options)
Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are offered at many high schools and provide a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to take college level courses. Students who achieve a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement test can have that score evaluated by a college or university for a college credit. Students who attain an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma shall be granted six (6) lower division course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Higher Level IB examinations and two (2) lower division course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Standard Level IB examination will be awarded college credit at any MnSCU college or university.
-- Talk with your high school counselor or home school coordinator to determine if PSEO is a good fit for you.
-- Submit the following completed forms to the Admissions office.
MN Dept. of Education enrollment form
PSEO Guidance Counselor/Home School Parent Form
-- Have your school counselor or home school coordinator send your high school transcript directly to:
Pine Technical College
900 Fourth St SE
Pine City, MN 55063
-- Contact the Admissions office at 800-521-7463 to schedule an appointment for Assessment Testing and Orientation.
The Accuplacer Assessment Test
Students take the college's assessment test (Accuplacer) and must meet college-level readiness requirements to qualify for PSEO. Students testing into remedial or developmental courses are not eligible for the program.
Courses and Credits
-- Select courses that fulfill courses required for high school graduation and share that schedule with your high school counselor
-- You may enroll in one or more courses but your college credits cannot exceed what is considered full-time in high school
-- If you plan to transfer PSEO credits to another college after high school graduation contact Student Affairs Office, or call 320.629.5117, for transfer assistance.