• 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.

    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.

     

    SMSU PSEO Deadlines:
    Fall Semester -
    Applications must be received by June 7, 2019 and new students must be registered by July 19, 2019.

    Spring Semester -
    Applications must be received by December 6, 2019 and new students must be registered by December 20, 2019.

     

    Student Eligibility Requirements:
    Seniors - 
    Must have a 3.0 GPA or above and be in the top half of their graduating class*
     
    Juniors - 
    Must have a 3.0 GPA or above and be in the top third of their graduating class*
     
     *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.

     

    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.

    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.

     

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