Minnesota high school juniors or seniors may be eligible to take courses at a Minnesota state college/university for dual high school and college credit through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program. PSEO students receive tuition, fees and books at no cost to them. If living on campus, normal room and board costs apply.
To participate, juniors need top 15% class rank OR 26 ACT or higher; seniors need top 25% high school class rank OR ACT 25 or higher. Application deadline for fall term is May 1; spring term Nov. 15. Continuing PSEO students must re-apply for every term of enrollment, meet original standards, and keep good academic standing at WSU. Warrior Success Center assists with PSEO advising and enrollment.
Participating in WSU PSEO does not automatically ensure enrollment after high school graduation; a normal freshman application process is required. Contact your school counselor or Kim Gresham at 507.457.5102 for PSEO application forms. Applications must be approved by a high school official before submitting.
Post Secondary Enrollment Options - Program Guidelines for Winona State University
The PSEO program is a space available program, which means that PSEO students are not allowed to add (“blue-card”) a closed class. PSEO students must meet with an advisor from the Warrior Success Center prior to each registration.
An enrollment of 12 university credits is considered a minimum full-time load, 16 credits is an average full-time load, and 19 credits is the maximum full-time load for participation in the PSEO program. Students who are attending a high school and the university cannot carry a course load that exceeds the equivalent of a maximum full-time university course load. PSEO students may not take remedial or developmental courses (English 099 and Math 050).
Expenses normally charged to students such as tuition and fees (activity, application, lab, field trip, etc.) are charged to the program.
Materials and supplies necessary for minimal participation in any instructional course such as textbooks, workbooks, lab manuals and study guides are provided by the WSU Bookstore. These materials are the property of WSU and must be returned after completion of the course in which they are required. Full-time PSEO students (12 or more credits) will be provided with a laptop during the time they are enrolled at WSU in order to fulfill the WSU laptop requirement. PSEO students with fewer than 12 semester credits may participate voluntarily in the WSU laptop program by paying the standard fee.
All items which become the property of the student, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, calculators, tools, or other items not normally furnished by the public school district, may not be charged to the program. Any student participating in the PSEO program that has a question about the eligibility of any item should consult with the Warrior Success Center, Maxwell 314.
It is the responsibility of the student to understand the requirements specific to their high school including but not limited to credit and course equivalencies and graduation requirements. Students must report their academic progress to their high school and all changes (adding or dropping of classes), and outcomes (passing/failing or withdrawal from a class) by requesting a transcript be sent to their high school each semester. Failure to complete a course in the PSEO program may affect high school graduation eligibility.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I allowed to blue-card into a closed class as a PSEO student?
- No, because the PSEO program is a space available program.
How many credits can I take?
- A PSEO full-time student is reccommended to take 12 credits. 16 credits is considered average for full-time, and 19 credits is the maximum for full-time.
Do I have to pay any fees to be a part of the program?
- No. Expenses normally charged to students, such as tuition and fees (activity, application, lab, fieldtrip, etc.) are charged to the program. The WSU Bookstore will provide materials and supplies necessary for minimal participation (i.e. textbooks, workbooks, lab manuals and study guides). These materials must be returned to the Bookstore after the course in which they are required has been completed for that semester.
Will I get a laptop?
- PSEO students who are taking 12 credits or more will be provided with a laptop in order to fulfill the laptop requirement of their tuition. If a PSEO student is taking less than 12 credits, they may participate in the laptop program by paying the standard fee.
Do I have to meet with an advisor over my schedule or can I just register on my own?
- PSEO students must meet with an advisor prior to each registration.
Will WSU automatically update my high school on my progress?
- No. Students must report their academic progress to their high school, along with all changes and outcomes (pass or fail, add or drop), by requesting a transcript be sent to their high school each semester. Fill out a transfer request form in order to have your transcripts sent and bring it to your advising meeting.
How can I find an open course to take at WSU?
- Check the Web Registration (from the WSU Homepage, click on Resources, then Find a Course) often to see if there are any open courses. The course will be listed as "Open" under the "Status" column.
Will WSU know if my high school will allow a course to fulfill a requirement?
- No. PSEO students will be responsible for checking with their high school to ensure that the WSU course will satisfy the high school's requirement.