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
Post Secondary Enrollment Options - Program Guidelines for Winona State University
- PSEO Students are eligible to enroll in most general education/lower level courses at WSU; however, PSEO is a space available program, which means that PSEO students are not allowed to add (“blue-card”) closed classes.
- PSEO students must meet regular course pre-requisites.
- PSEO students may not take remedial or developmental courses (English 099 and Math 050), or other courses with an additional course fee of $50 or more. A list of these courses is available on the webpage at the link below.
Advising and Registration:
- PSEO students must reapply for admission each semester.
- PSEO students register after all matriculating students have had the opportunity to register.
- PSEO students must meet with an advisor from the Warrior Success Center prior to each registration.
- Students who are participating in PSEO full-time may not take more than 18 credits at WSU.
- PSEO students are not charged for expenses such as tuition and fees (activity, lab, field trip, etc.).
- Materials and supplies necessary for participation in any instructional course such as textbooks, workbooks, lab manuals and study guides are provided by the WSU Bookstore. These materials must be returned by the deadline, normally the last day of the semester in which they are used.
- Full-time PSEO students (12 or more credits) will be provided with a laptop while they are enrolled at WSU in order to fulfill the laptop requirement. PSEO students enrolled in fewer than 12 credits may participate voluntarily in the WSU laptop program by paying the standard fee.
- Items which become the property of the student, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, calculators, or other items not normally furnished by the public school district, may not be charged to the program.
- 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.
PSEO Checklist (PDF)
PSEO Textbook Procedures (PDF)
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 recommended to take 12 credits. 16 credits is considered average for full time, and 18 credits is the maximum for full-time PSEO students.
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, field trip, 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 eServices) often to see if there are any open courses. The course will be listed as "Open" under the "Status" column.
Will WSU know if 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.