Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options students
  • Location: On the U of M Twin Cities (UMTC) campus and online
  • Housing: University housing is not available 
  • Credits: Earn UMTC and high school credits
  • Courses: Access to most UMTC freshman courses
  • Transferability: Courses often transfer; check with the individual college
  • Cost: Tuition and textbooks covered by State of Minnesota

The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program through the University of Minnesota Twin Cities allows motivated high school juniors and seniors to take classes at the University for both high school and college credit.

The cost of University tuition, course fees, and textbooks is covered by the Minnesota Department of Education.

  • 1,200 Applicants per year
  • 3.93 Average unweighted GPA of admitted students
  • 50% Students who apply to UMTC PSEO are admitted

Is PSEO the Right Choice for You?

Attending PSEO at the U of M is exciting, but it’s also a major change compared to high school. We recommend doing a self assessment to be sure PSEO is the right choice for you. If all of the descriptors below resonate, then you’re a great candidate for PSEO and the next step is application.

Are You Proactive in Your Education?

  • There are three main qualities every PSEO student should have: an independent learning style, good time management skills, and willingness to seek help when it’s needed.

  • U of M PSEO students actively use peer tutoring services, the writing center, and instructor office hours to excel in PSEO.

  • PSEO students are solely responsible for their academic experience. Parents will not have access to your information due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Do You Have a Proven Track Record of Academic Success?

  • The average high school GPA for accepted PSEO students is around 3.920 (unweighted), and the average U of M GPA for PSEO students is around 3.5. An unweighted 3.6 high school GPA is required to apply.

  • Admitted PSEO students have usually pursued the most rigorous high school courses available to them.

  • Grades earned in PSEO will remain on your U of M college transcript and can impact freshman admission to college.

Do You Fully Commit to Academic Priorities? 

  • The U of M does not consider high school activities—such as band, sports, standardized tests, or even college entrance exams—to be excusable activities. If these commitments conflict with an exam in a U of M class, instructors may not accommodate you.

  • The amount of outside work required in PSEO classes and significant commute times can make time management challenging.

  • Juggling your high school and PSEO courses can be tricky. Carefully consider your course load and extracurricular activities, and prepare for the investment.

Application Timeline | 2018−19 School Year

One application period per school year.

Jan

Feb 1

Application period opens

Mar

Apr 6

Application (postmark) deadline

May 30

Admission decisions

Jun

Jul

Orientation sessions*, 

registration

Aug

Orientation sessions*,

 registration

Sep

Fall classes start

Oct

Nov

Dec

 

*Admitted students must attend one of our 13 orientation dates from July 17 through August 3. Sign-up begins after admission. 

How to Apply

The application for the 2018−19 academic year closed on April 6.
The application for the 2019−20 academic year opens February 1, 2019.
Application (postmark) Deadline: April 15, 2019

Application Requirements

  • Public, private, home, or charter school 11th or 12th grade student (incoming junior or senior)
  • Unweighted high school GPA of 3.6 or greater**
  • Meet the Minnesota Department of Education criteria (click on the "Postsecondary Enrollment Options Reference Guide")
  • See Admission Criteria information below

** Exceptions may be granted for School of Music applicants; see Step 2 below.

Submit your online application (opens February 1, 2019)

Assemble your additional documents.

Do this several weeks in advance of the postmark deadline, and take into account your school’s spring break.

  1. Official or unofficial high school transcript

    • Transcripts should include GPA and class rank, if available.

    • If using Parchment, send your transcript to pseo@umn.edu.

    • Home school transcripts should include a narrative of the material you have covered and a listing of courses you have taken, if appropriate.
       

  2. Post-Secondary Notice of Student Registration form 

    • Complete and sign section 1 (a parent/guardian signature is required if you’re under 18)

    • Your high school counselor completes and signs section 2
       

  3. High School Balance Sheet

    • Your high school counselor completes and signs this UMTC-specific balance sheet form
       

  4. Other College Coursework Transcripts (If Applicable)

    • Submit official or unofficial transcripts if you took college credits at another school (e.g., PSEO coursework during your junior year)

    • Required even if grades are in progress

    • Not needed for UMTC College in the Schools (CIS) or UMTYMP courses
       

  5. College Entrance Exam Score (If Applicable)

    • Only required of students with less than one year of high school grades listed on their transcript, or if you’re a homeschool student. Optional for all other students.

    • Accepted exams: ACT, ACT Aspire, Pre-ACT, PLAN, SAT, PSAT. Score reports must include your first and last name.

    • Avoid using the testing service to send scores directly to the U of M; the PSEO office will not get them.
       

  6. School of Music (If Applicable)

    • PSEO students interested in taking music lessons for majors and performing in certain ensembles at the UMTC campus also need to apply to the School of Music. Visit the School of Music's website for application and audition information. Admission to the School of Music does not guarantee admission to the PSEO program.

    • Students pursuing music with an unweighted high school GPA below 3.6 may use an approved School of Music audition to still be considered for admission to the PSEO program. However, if admitted, these students will be limited to School of Music courses only.

Submit your application in person, via email, or mail to:

  • U of M PSEO Admissions | 15 Church St. SE, Room 107  | Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • pseo@umn.edu

Faxed application materials are not accepted. You will receive an email confirmation a few days after we receive your complete application.

Admission criteria for acceptance into the UMTC PSEO program are evaluated on a holistic basis. Space is limited to 550−600 new students each year. Approximately 50% of applicants are admitted to the program. As a result, we unfortunately must deny admission to many well-qualified students. 

The UMTC PSEO office is not part of the UMTC Office of Admissions, and the two offices maintain separate admission processes and criteria. If you are accepted into the UMTC PSEO program, it doesn't mean you are automatically admitted to the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate student. You'll want to apply for freshman admission if you decide to attend the U of M after high school graduation.

Primary Considerations

  • GPA (3.6 or greater high school unweighted GPA required)
    • Exceptions may be granted for School of Music applicants; see Step 2 in the Apply section above
  • Class rank (if available)
  • Rigor of courses (honors, accelerated, advanced, enriched, AP, CIS, AP, IB, other PSEO, etc.)
  • Successful grades in rigorous courses (B or higher to be competitive)

Secondary Considerations

  • Grade trends
  • Extenuating circumstances affecting grades (e.g., illness)
  • Additional test scores
    • ACT, ACT Aspire, Pre-ACT, PLAN, SAT, or PSAT scores are required if the applicant has less than one year of high school grades listed on their high school transcript. Test scores in all other cases are considered only if provided by the applicant or on the high school transcript
  • Late applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

  • For applications started (Step 1 completed) on or before April 15, late application materials will be accepted until May 1. Applications cannot be started after April 15.

  • Be sure all forms include the required signatures. Forms missing signatures will not be accepted.

  • Materials submitted on time to the wrong address will be considered late if resubmitted to the PSEO Office after the application deadline.

  • The responsibility for submitting a complete, on-time application lies solely with the student applicant. Exceptions to the late policy are not granted for high school, counselor, parent, or any other person's error.

Courses

New PSEO students sign up for classes at their required summer orientation and registration session. You can take on-campus or online courses, and attend full-time (three or four classes per semester) or part-time (one or two classes per semester).

Some courses and topics have limited accessibility, including most business and engineering courses and online courses. These are noted with an asterisk below.

Choosing Courses

You will get significant support and guidance from your PSEO adviser when you register in late July/early August; however, you are welcome to review our offerings by visiting the Schedule Builder (use Class Search in the left-hand navigation).

More information on online courses, including how to search for them, can be found in the PSEO Handbook.

Work closely with your high school counselor to make sure you fulfill your graduation requirements.

Suggested/Popular Courses

Course Name Offered Online Credits
Literature
Introduction to Literature (ENGL 1001W)   4
Introduction to Shakespeare (ENGL 1181W)   4
Introduction to Contemporary American Literature (ENGL 1201W)   4
Introduction to Multicultural American Literature (ENGL 1301W)   4
Introduction to World Literatures in English (ENGL 1401W)   4
Literature of Public Life (ENGL 1501W)   4
Modern Fiction (ENGL 1701)   3
Literature (CSCL 1101)   4
Reading Literature: Theory & Practice (CSCL 1401W)   3
Women Write the World (GWSS 1003W)   3
Writing/Composition
University Writing (WRIT 1301)*   4
Language & Society (LING 1701)   4
Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGW 1101W)   4
Speech/Communication
Introduction to Public Speaking (COMM 1101)   3
Introduction to Mass Communication (JOUR 1001)   3

*Access to this course may be limited.

Course Name Offered Online Credits
College Algebra & Probability (MATH 1031) completely online section offered* 3
Precalculus I (MATH 1051) completely online section offered* 3
Precalculus II (MATH 1151) completely online section offered* 3
Calculus I (MATH 1271) completely online section offered* 4
Calculus II (MATH 1272) completely online section offered* 4
Linear Algebra (MATH 2243) completely online section offered* 4
Multivariable Calculus (MATH 2263) completely online section offered* 4
Quantifying Judgments of Human Behavior (SLHS 1302) completely online section available 3
Introduction to Statistics* (STAT 1001)   4
Introduction to Statistical Analysis* (STAT 3011)   4
Introduction to Logic (PHIL 1001)   4

*Access to this course may be limited.

Course Name Offered Online Credits
Varied topics (ARTS 1xxx)   4
Introduction to Art History (ARTH 1001)   3
Introduction to Film Study (ARTH 1921W)   4
Introduction to Cultural Studies (CSCL 1001)   3
Cinema (CSCL 1201W)   4
Reading Culture: Theory and Practice (CSCL 1301W)   3
Introduction to Design Thinking (DES 1101W)   4
Creative Problem Solving (DES 1111) spring, completely online 3
Floral Design (HORT 1013) completely online 3
Learning from the Landscape (LA 1201)   3
Introduction to Landscape Architecture Drawing (LA 1301)   3
Introduction to Political Philosophy (PHIL 1004W)   4
Rock I & II (MUS 1013/1014) 1013 completely online* 3
Class Piano for Non-Majors (MUS 1051)   2
Introduction to Music (MUS 1021)   3
World Music (MUS 1804)   3
Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 1002W)   4
Introduction to Theater (TH 1101W)   3
Stage, Screen, Society (TH 1102)   3
Acting for Non-Majors (TH 1301)   3
Beginning Acting (TH 1321)   3

*Access to this course may be limited. 

Course Name Offered Online Credits
Orientation to Health Careers (AHS 1101 & 1102) 1102 completely online 1
Principles of Holistic Health and Healing (CSPH 1001) completely online 2
Sports Nutrition (FSCN 1012)   2
Food: Safety, Risks, Technology (FSCN 1102)   3
Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science (MLSP 1010) completely online 1
Fundamental Neuroscience (NSCI 1001)   3
Varied topics (PE 1xxx)   1
Orientation to Pharmacy (PHAR 1001) completely online 2
Health Sciences Terminology (PHAR 1002) completely online 2
Non-Prescription Medications and Self Care (PHAR 1003) completely online 2
Common Prescription Drugs & Diseases (PHAR 1004) completely online 2
Success Over Stress (PUBH 1001) completely online 1
Alcohol & College Life (PUBH 1003) completely online 1
Sexuality Matters (PUBH 1004) completely online 1
Sleep, Eat, and Exercise (PUBH 1005) completely online 1
Personal & Community Health (PUBH 3001)   2
Fundamentals of Alcohol & Drug Abuse (PUBH 3003)   2
Basic Concepts in Personal & Community Health (PUBH 3004)   4
Note: PUBH 3001 + 3003 = 3004    
Course Name Offered Online Credits
History (US and World)
Global Societies Before 1500 (HIST 1011W)   4
Globalization (HIST 1015W)   4
Authority/Rebellion: US History to 1865 (HIST 1301W)   4
Global America: US History Since 1865 (HIST 1302W)   4
Europe and the World (Hist 1032W)   4
American Indian Peoples (AMIN 1001)   3
American Indians in Minnesota (AMIN 1003)   3
History (General)
Reading History: Theory and Practice (CSCL 1501W)   3
Perspectives on Biology (HSCI 1212)   4
Waterwheels to the Web (HSCI 1715)   4
Babylonians to Newton (HSCI 1814)   4
Atoms, Genes, and Quanta (HSCI 1815)   4
Political Science (US Government)
American Democracy (POL 1001)   4
Political Science (General)
Global Politics (POL 1025)   4
Puzzles in World Politics (POL 1054)   4
Political Ideas and Ideologies (POL 1201)   4
Geography
Our Globalizing World (GEOG 1301W)   3
Mapping Our World (GEOG 1502) completely online 3
Geography of the Twin Cities (GEOG 1973)   3
Varied Topics (GEOG 1xxx)   1-4
Economics
Principles of Microeconomics (APEC 1101) completely online section offered* 4
Principles of Macroeconomics (APEC 1102) completely online section offered* 3
Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 1101) completely online section may be available 4
Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 1102) completely online section may be available 4
General    
Introduction to Psychology (PSY 1001) completely online section offered 4
Psychological Science Applied (EPSY 1281)   4
Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1001)   4
Understanding Cultures (ANTH 1003W)   4
Gender, Power, and Everyday Life (GWSS 1001) completely online* 3
Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 1002W)   4
Introduction to Ethics (PHIL 1003W)   4
Introduction to Political Philosophy (PHIL 1004W)   4
Philosophy & Cultural Diversity (PHIL 1006W)   4
Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption (RM 1201) spring, completely online* 3
Intimate Relationships (FSOS 1101)   4
Human Development in Families: Lifespan (FSOS 1201) spring, completely online 4
Historical Influence of the Horse on Society (ANSC 1701) completely online 3

*Access may be limited.

Course Name Offered Online Credits
Chemistry
Introduction to Chem Lecture (CHEM 1015) (+CHEM 1017 Opt Lab) 1015 partially or completely online 3−4
General Principles of Chemistry I* (CHEM 1061 lecture/CHEM 1065 lab) 1061 partially or completely online  4
Physics  
Physics by Inquiry (CI 1563)   4
Introduction to College Physics (PHYS 1101W)   4
Introduction to Physical Biology & Pre-Med (PHYS 1201W)*   5
Introduction to Physical Science & Engineering (PHYS 1301W)*   4
Energy and the Environment (PHYS 1001W)   4
Biology
Evolution & Biology of Sex (BIOL 1003)   4
General Biology (BIOL 1009) completely online section offered* 4
Human Biology (BIOL 1010)   4
Our Global Environment: Science & Solutions (BIOL 1050)   3
Human Evolution (ANTH 1001)   4
Biogeography of the Global Garden (GEOG 1403)   4
Miscellaneous
Exploring the Universe (AST 1001)   4
Biorenewable Resources (BBE 1002) completely online 3
Environmental Issues and Solutions (CEGE 1501)   4
Climate Crisis: Implementing Solutions (EE 1701 Lecture/EE 1703 Optional Lab) 1701 online section offered 4
Earth and Its Environments (ESCI 1001)   4
Horticulture for the Home Gardener (HORT 1003) completely online 3
The Sustainable Lawn (HORT 1061) completely online 3
Physical & Biology of Spoken Language (SLHS 1301W)   4
Introduction to Meteorology (GEOG 1425)   4

*Access may be limited.

Course Name Delivery Credits 
Computer Literacy and Problem Solving (CI 1871)* completely online  4
Personal Leadership in the University (LEAD 1961W) completely online 3
Beginning Modern Chinese I (CHN 1011) partially online 6
Beginning Modern Chinese II (CHN 1012) partially online 6
Intermediate French (FREN 1003) partially online 5
Intermediate French (FREN 1004) partially online 5
Survey of Information Technology (INET 1001) completely online 1
Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 1003)* partially or completely online 5
Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 1004)* partially or completely online 5

*Access may be limited.

Information Sessions and Tours

We invite you and your parents to our on-campus information session. PSEO advisers and current PSEO students will provide an overview of the program and information about how and when to apply. No RSVP required.

On-campus information sessions for the 2018−19 academic year have passed. Dates for next year's application cycle will be posted in late January 2019.

High School Visits

PSEO staff members are available to attend high school events to share information about the UMTC PSEO program with students, parents, and guardians. To request a visit, please contact us at 612-626-1666; pseo@umn.edu.

Campus Tours

The Office of Admissions offers campus tours for students who are interested in attending the U of M as freshmen. If you would like to schedule a visit, sign up for a General Admission session. 

Students and Counselors

Current PSEO students and high school counselors can find more information and resources below:

Contact Us

pseo@umn.edu | 612-626-1666
107 Armory, 15 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
8 a.m.−4:30 p.m. Monday−Friday

Maps and Directions

Accessibility

The PSEO office is located on the second floor of the Armory, a historic building without an elevator. If you are unable to use the stairs to access our office, please contact us with two business days' notice for alternate arrangements to meet in person.

Questions?

PSEO staff members are available to answer any additional questions you may have.