Student Eligibility Requirements
Seniors - need to have a 3.0 GPA or above and be in the top half of their graduating class*
Juniors - need to have a 3.0 GPA or above and be in the top third of their graduating class*
Sophomores - need to be in the top 10% of their graduating class and have scored in the 90th percentile on a nationally standardized test
*Note: Test scores from a nationally standardized test can be used to replace class rank if needed. Students will still be required to meet the 3.0 GPA to go along with their test scores. Seniors need to score in the 50th percentile and juniors need to score in the 70th percentile.
Applying for College Now Program
An E-application is where students who have never taken an SMSU College Now class enter their data so that they are in the system and can register for their SMSU College Now course. During the first part of the application process, students will create a StarID and password. (If a student already has a StarID from another MNSCU institution, then they will skip this step and go directly to the "LOGIN" option.) It is important that students keep track of this StarID and password as they will need to have them when they register for classes.
Here is a link to the online applicaiton: SMSU Online Application
Step-by-step instructions for completing the E-application are available by selecting this link. As you complete the e-application you may be told there is a $20 charge and a requirement that transcripts be submitted: neither is accurate for College Now applicants There is NOT a charge for PSEO e-application nor do you need to send in high school transcripts.
Registering for College Now Courses
Registration is the process where students actually enroll in their College Now course. Students must complete this step in order to receive college credit for their class.
Here is a link for registration: SMSU Online Registration
Step-by-step instructions for completing Registration are available by selecting this link. As you complete your registration process, you should receive a message that your registration was successful and your name should immediately appear on the class roster for your high school teacher.
Other Resources for College Now Students
SMSU Student Handbook: A link to the University Handbook which contains the rights, privileges, and expectations for all SMSU students.
Evaluations: A link to the form used to conduct course evaluation/assessment.
Grades: A link to e-services where grades can be verified once a professor has posted them.
Transcripts: A link to the Registration Office where directions can be found to order transcripts to be sent to other schools.
Library: Your access to information, resources, and assistance for your class assignments. A Reference Librarian can assist you in finding the information, books, articles, or web resources you need. Contact the librarian by phone 507-537-6176, email askRef@SMSU.edu or click the chat link on the home page.
Use the InterLibrary Loan service to request books, media and print copies of articles from the SMSU Library. If we do not own the item you request we will borrow it from another library for you. All items will be mailed to your home address. You are asked to return all items by mail on the due date. The Library’s home page has many useful links to help you in your work. The assignment calculator will set up a schedule and guide you through the writing process for papers. The subject guides lists appropriate resources for your topic from databases to books and websites. The database tutorials page has links to several video tutorials which will help you search for your topics in the article databases. The Library has many resources available to you electronically through the home page from ebooks to full text articles in the databases. The SMSU Library is here to help you with your College Now /Concurrent enrollment classes.
NOTE: When logging into your library account, you will use your StarID and password to get into the system.