New PSEO Students

PSEO Admission and Application
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. The PSEO program at SMSU is open to eligible juniors and seniors at public and private high schools and home-schooled students.

 

SMSU PSEO Deadlines:
Fall Semester -
Applications must be received by June 1, 2017 and new students must be registered by July 15, 2017.

Spring Semester -
Applications must be received by December 1, 2017 and new students must be registered by December 15, 2017.

 

Student Eligibility Requirements
Juniors:
Must have a 3.0 GPA or above AND either rank in the top 1/3 of their high school class OR earn a score at or above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized test.

Seniors:
Must have a 3.0 GPA or above AND either rank in the top 1/2 of their high school class OR earn a score at or above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized test.

Click here for information on our Appeals Process for the PSEO program.

 

Application Process
1. Apply for admission to SMSU. PSEO students are not required to pay the $20 application fee.

Apply online by clicking: Apply Now!

If you would prefer to apply by mail, you can use the Downloadable Admission Application and mail it to:

Office of Admission
Southwest MN State University
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN  56258

 

2. Submit Official High School Transcripts indicating class rank to the Office of Admission

High schools are required to provide information to sophomores and juniors by March 1 for the following fall.

Students are requested to inform the high school before March 30 if considering participation in the program the following academic year. However, students are not bound by the March 30 deadline. If students qualify for the post-secondary institution they wish to attend, they do not need the permission of the high school to enroll.

 

How much does it cost?
You will not be charged for tuition, books, fees, or application fee. The program covers tuition, fees, and textbooks. You will be responsible for non-consumable supplies such as pens, paper, calculators, etc. Students who wish to live on campus will be responsible for their room and board.

 

Housing
PSEO students may live on campus. Please contact the Office of Residential Life if you have more questions, 507.537.6136. Please note that housing costs are not covered by the program and are the sole responsibility of the student. PSEO students living in campus housing are held to the same policies and procedures as degree-seeking students.

 

How often should you meet with your high school counselor?
You must meet with your high school counselor before registering for the next semester. Together, you must complete two forms:

1. Notice of Student Registration form (for PSEO students)
A parent's signature is required unless the student is 18 years old or older.
OR
School and College Program form (for SACP students)
A parent's signature is required unless the student is 18 years old or older.
*******To find out which form you need, please click here.

2. Credit Balance Sheet
You need to work closely with your high school counselor to ensure that the college courses you take will meet high school graduation requirements.

 

Selecting College Courses at SMSU
The first time a student registers for courses, he/she will also set up an SMSU email account, get his/her Mustang ID photo taken, and learn specifics about the program. Jessica Mensink will advise students each semester they are enrolled at SMSU as PSEO/SACP students. When students meet with her, they must submit a new Notice of Student Registration form or School and College Program form, and a Credit Balance sheet

Please note that the PSEO and SACP forms require a parent's signature unless the student is 18 years old or older.
*******To find out which form you need, please click here.

 

Attending Part Time or Full Time
Students may enroll in the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Students can take one PSEO course per semester or as many as 18 credits.



What SMSU expects of PSEO/SACP students:
1. Students must maintain a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average.
2. Check his/her SMSU email account on a weekly basis.
3. Attend classes.
4. Communicate with high school counselors and/or other high school officials about course selections, schedule changes, and graduation requirements.
5. Submit SMSU grades to the high school at the end of each semester.

 

How do college credits convert to high school credits?
Four semester college credits equal at least one full year of high school credit. Fewer college credits may be prorated. The course equivalency is determined by your high school. A district shall grant academic credit to a pupil enrolled in a course for secondary credit if the pupil successfully completes the course.

 

Involvement in High School Activities
High schools may not prohibit students from participating in school sponsored activities based on PSEO status.

 

Involvement in Southwest Minnesota State Activities
Students enrolled at Southwest Minnesota State University under PSEO are welcome to participate in student clubs and organizations as they choose. Intercollegiate athletics as a PSEO student are not allowed.

 

ADDITIONAL CAMPUS RESOURCES
SMSU Academic Calendar
Office of Records and Registration
Office of Residential Life
University Public Safety
Business Services Office
Academic Commons

 

Do you need more information? Please contact us!

Jessica Mensink
College Now Coordinator
SMSU - College Now
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258
800.642.0684
Jessica.Mensink@SMSU.edu

 

For further information from the Minnesota Department of Education about the PSEO program, please contact the following individual:
Angie Johnson
651-582-8478
mde.postsecondary@state.mn.us

You may also access the Minnesota Department of Education website for more PSEO information.

Last Modified: 10/24/17 11:17 AM