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.
10th grade sophomores must be attending a Minnesota public high school to qualify for PSEO. Additional requirements:
- Scoring at or above 850 on the 8th grade Reading Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) OR
- If the MCA test was not taken, scoring at or above 78 on the Reading Accuplacer
- Additional 10th Grade Information
11th grade juniors qualify for PSEO courses by:
- Ranking in the upper third of their graduating classes OR
- Having a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better OR
- Scoring above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized test. For reference 70th percentile scores are:
- ACT Composite: 24
- SAT (must meet all 3): Math: 580, Writing: 550, and SAT Reading: 560
- Aspire Composite: 424.6
- PSAT Composite: 1030
12th grade seniors qualify for PSEO courses by:
- Ranking in the upper half of their graduating classes OR
- Having a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better OR
- Scoring above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized test. For reference 50th percentile scores are:
- ACT Composite: 20
- SAT (must meet all 3): Math: 520, Writing: 49, and SAT Reading: 500
- Aspire Composite: 419
- PSAT Composite: 920
Home School students can qualify for PSEO courses by:
- Seniors must score at or above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized test such as ACT, SAT, PreACT, ASPIRE or PSAT.
- Juniors must score at or above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized test such as ACT, SAT, PreACT, ASPIRE or PSAT.
- Sophomore-level home school students are not eligible for PSEO.
Note: 19-21 year old students follow the 12th grade criteria. Work with your high school counselor to complete the PSEO Extended Eligibility paperwork in addition to completing the Admission steps below.
- Submit a completed South Central College application by using our Online Application or print out an Application Form and send in the completed form to the college.
- Submit an official high school transcript identifying GPA or class rank. Transcripts must be official and sent directly to SCC.
- Submit a completed Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program form signed by the student, parent, and high school counselor.
- Submit an official college transcript if you have taken PSEO or Concurrent Enrollment courses. SCC may be able to obtain your official transcripts from any of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities at no charge to you.
- Submit any earned Articulated College Credit (ACC) or Advanced Placement (AP) scores.
- Priority Deadline: June 1
- Final Deadline: August 1
- Priority Deadline: December 1
- Final Deadline: December 15
** If dates falls on a weekend, the deadline is the following Monday.
Learn what you’ll need to do after you are accepted on the “Next Steps after Admission" page.
Visit the PSEO Details page to see information on costs, course restrictions and grade requirements to continue as a PSEO student.
PSEO Admission Appeal:
An applicant who is denied acceptance into the PSEO program due to not meeting admission criteria has the right to appeal the decision to the college. The appeal process requires:
- Student must submit a PSEO Admission Appeal Form
- Student must submit a letter of appeal
- Student must submit a letter of support from a school contact person
A student cannot appeal if denied based on an incomplete application by the deadline date.
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