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Welcome and thank you for showing interest in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) Program at Southwest Minnesota State University!

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO):

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.

Technical Course Options:

Students who are interested in technical courses may take one technical college level course taught on a college campus 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 technical courses as long as he or she meets the assessment requirement for those courses.  (SMSU does not currently offer technical courses.)

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 pass an Advanced Placement test or the International Baccalaureate examination with acceptable scores will be awarded college credit at any Minnesota State college or university.

The PSEO program allows high school students to take college courses on a college or university campus or online taught by college or university faculty members. To be eligible to take PSEO courses, 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 test such as the ACT or SAT. Seniors must be in the upper half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on a test such as the ACT or SAT.

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.

Feel free to contact me!  I'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Ellie Ahmann
Assistant Director of College Now
SMSU - College Now
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258

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