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Student Eligibility Requirements

 Seniors - need to meet one of the following requirements:

  • a 3.0 GPA or above in high school
  • be in the top half of their graduating class
  • score in the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized test

 Juniors - need to meet one of the following requirements:

  • a 3.0 GPA or above in high school
  • be in the top third of their graduating class
  • score in the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized test

  Sophomores - need to meet one of the following requirements:

  • a 3.5 GPA or above in high school
  • be in the top 10% of their graduating class
  • have scored in the 90th percentile on a nationally standardized test

Transcripts must be sent to the College Now Office to verify sophomore eligibility.

Students will utilize the Sophomore Documentation form to submit their required paperwork.


Students not meeting these standards can complete the College Now Student Appeal if interested in earning college credit.

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 Minnesota State 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 application:  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

College Now Handbook

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 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 research guides lists appropriate resources for your topic from databases to books and websites. 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.

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