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Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options students resized
  • 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

Find out more in the Pre-College Programs Annual Report

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 3.93 (unweighted), and the average U of M GPA for PSEO students is around 3.600. An unweighted 3.600 high school GPA is required to apply (see the How to Apply section for exceptions).

  • 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 and sports, 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 | 2021−22 School Year

One application period per school year.
(The American Indian Studies PSEO Option accepts applications on a rolling basis.)

Jan

Feb 1

Application period opens

Mar

Apr 16

Application (postmark) deadline

May 28

Admission decisions

June

 

Jul

Orientation sessions*, 

registration

Aug

Orientation sessions*,

 registration

Sep

Fall classes start

Oct

Nov

Dec

 

*Admitted students must attend one of our orientation dates in July or August.

How to Apply

The application for the 2021-22 academic year opens February 1, 2021. The American Indian Studies Option has separate application requirements and accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

  • Public, private, or home school 11th or 12th grade student (incoming junior or senior)
  • Unweighted high school GPA of 3.600 or greater**
  • Meet the Minnesota Department of Education criteria (click on the "Postsecondary Enrollment Options Reference Guide")
  • If you will be under age 16 on the first day of the fall semester, review this important information for minors on campus before applying.
  • See Admission Criteria information below

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

Submit your online application form (opens February 1, 2021)

Due to COVID-19, PSEO staff are intermittently in the office to process mail; there may be some delay in processing mailed items (up to 2-3 weeks). We recommend submitting your documents electronically. 

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 (required)

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

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

    • Grade reports and report cards are not accepted.

  2. Post-Secondary Notice of Student Registration (2021-22) Form (required)

    • 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 (recommended)

    • The balance sheet lists your remaining high school graduation requirements; it will help guide your PSEO course registration in summer when your high school counselor may not be available.

    • We strongly recommend submitting the balance sheet, especially if you’re interested in taking more than one PSEO course or if you’re not sure which courses to take.

  4. Other College Coursework Transcripts (if applicable)

    • Submit official or unofficial transcripts if you took college credits  outside your high school through a college or university (e.g., PSEO)

    • Required even if grades are in progress and no grades have been submitted

    • Not required for University of Minnesota courses

  5. School of Music (if applicable)

    • PSEO students interested in enrolling in applied music lessons (private one-on-one study) with a faculty member also need to apply to the School of Music. Visit the School of Music's website for application and audition information. The application deadline is April 1. Admission to the School of Music does not guarantee admission to the PSEO program.

    • Students admitted to PSEO (with an approved School of Music audition) may be limited to School of Music courses only, depending on our holistic application review.

    • Students with an unweighted high school GPA below 3.600 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.

  6. College Entrance Exam Scores and AP or IB Test Scores (optional)

    • Score reports must include your first and last name. Photocopies are accepted.

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

    • Accepted college entrance exams include ACT, ACT Aspire, Pre-ACT, PLAN, SAT, PSAT, or PSAT 10.

Submit your application via email to pseo@umn.edu, or mail your documents to:

U of M PSEO Admissions
15 Church St. SE, Room 107  
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Due to COVID-19, PSEO staff are intermittently in the office to process mail; there may be some delay in processing mailed items (up to 2-3 weeks). We recommend submitting your documents electronically. 

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 (3.600 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, PSAT, or PSAT 10
    • AP, IB test scores
  • Late applications are reviewed on a space available basis.

  • Late application documents will be reviewed if received by April 30. The online application form must be submitted by April 16.

  • 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 April 16 deadline are not granted for high school, counselor, parent, or any other person's error.

American Indian Studies Option

The PSEO office has partnered with the Department of American Indian Studies to offer a tuition-free opportunity for high school students interested in learning about the history, issues, and languages of our Indigenous communities.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students must have at least a 2.000 high school GPA at the time of application.

Admitted students will be limited to American Indian Studies courses. If you’re interested in taking other University courses, you may submit a separate application to the general PSEO program. See the How to Apply section above to learn more about the general PSEO program application requirements and deadlines.

Visit the American Indian Studies PSEO website to learn more and apply.

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 advisor 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 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 Credits
College Algebra & Probability (MATH 1031) 3
Precalculus I (MATH 1051) 3
Precalculus II (MATH 1151) 3
Calculus I (MATH 1271) 4
Calculus II (MATH 1272) 4
Linear Algebra (MATH 2243) 4
Multivariable Calculus (MATH 2263) 4
Quantifying Judgments of Human Behavior (SLHS 1302) 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 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) 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) 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 Credits
Orientation to Health Careers (AHS 1101 & 1102) 1
Principles of Holistic Health and Healing (CSPH 1001) 2
Sports Nutrition (FSCN 1012) 2
Food: Safety, Risks, Technology (FSCN 1102) 3
Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science (MLSP 1010) 1
Fundamental Neuroscience (NSCI 1001) 3
Varied topics (PE 1xxx) 1
Orientation to Pharmacy (PHAR 1001) 2
Health Sciences Terminology (PHAR 1002) 2
Non-Prescription Medications and Self Care (PHAR 1003) 2
Common Prescription Drugs & Diseases (PHAR 1004) 2
Success Over Stress (PUBH 1001) 1
Alcohol & College Life (PUBH 1003) 1
Sexuality Matters (PUBH 1004) 1
Sleep, Eat, and Exercise (PUBH 1005) 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 Credits
History (US and World)
Global Societies Before 1500 (HIST 1011W) 4
Authority/Rebellion: US History to 1865 (HIST 1301W) 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) 3
Geography of the Twin Cities (GEOG 1973) 3
Varied Topics (GEOG 1xxx) 1-4
Economics
Principles of Microeconomics (APEC 1101) 4
Principles of Macroeconomics (APEC 1102) 3
Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 1101) 4
Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 1102) 4
General  
Introduction to Psychology (PSY 1001) 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) 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) 3
Intimate Relationships (FSOS 1101) 4
Human Development in Families: Lifespan (FSOS 1201) 4
Historical Influence of the Horse on Society (ANSC 1701) 3

*Access may be limited.

Course Name Credits
Chemistry
Introduction to Chem Lecture (CHEM 1015) (+CHEM 1017 Opt Lab) 3−4
General Principles of Chemistry I* (CHEM 1061 lecture/CHEM 1065 lab) 4
Physics  
Physics by Inquiry (CI 1563) 4
Introduction to College Physics (PHYS 1101W) 4
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) 4
Human Evolution (ANTH 1001) 4
Biogeography of the Global Garden (GEOG 1403) 4
Miscellaneous
Exploring the Universe (AST 1001) 4
Biorenewable Resources (BBE 1002) 3
Environmental Issues and Solutions (CEGE 1501) 4
Climate Crisis: Implementing Solutions (EE 1701 Lecture/EE 1703 Optional Lab) 4
Earth and Its Environments (ESCI 1001) 4
Horticulture for the Home Gardener (HORT 1003) 3
The Sustainable Lawn (HORT 1061) 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
Sports Nutrition (FSCN 1012) completely online section offered* 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)* completely online section offered* 5
Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 1004)* completely online section offered* 5

*Access may be limited.

Information Sessions and Tours

We invite you and your parents to our virtual information sessions. PSEO advisors and current PSEO students will provide an overview of the program and information about how and when to apply. RSVP is required. Participants will be emailed a Zoom meeting link with instructions one day prior to the information session.

  • Monday, February 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Zoom)
  • Saturday, March 20, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Zoom)

A Zoom recording from one of the sessions will be made available to those who cannot make either session.

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 Information

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

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.

Feel free to also reach out to some of our students in the PSEO Student Association (pseosa@umn.edu) to learn about their experience in the program.