Undergraduate Admissions

PSEO Student Information

DrawingWe’re delighted you’ve decided to enhance your education through participation in our PSEO program!

Below we've listed the frequently asked questions we receive regarding our program for new and current students. Please contact us with any additional questions, or feel free to reference our student handbook.

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[+/-]PSEO Eligibility and Admission Criteria

Effective for Fall 2011 and beyond, students seeking to enroll in our PSEO program must meet the following admission criteria:

Juniors must rank in the top 1/3 of their graduating class; Seniors must rank in the top 1/2 of their graduating class.

Testing Requirement
Students who do not meet the rank requirement may gain admission by submitting an ACT composite score report of 23 or above (excluding writing), a 1070 SAT (Math & Critical Reading), a composite index of 107 on the PSAT or a composite score of 19 or above on the PLAN.

High School without Class Rank
Students applying for PSEO from high schools that do not rank graduates must have a 3.5 GPA (to be eligible as a junior) and a 3.0 GPA (to be eligible as a senior) or meet the standardized test score minimums.

Home School and ALC Students
Students who are home schooled, attend an ALC or school which does not provide GPA or rank is eligible for PSEO admission based upon meeting the standardized test score minimums. Students who have less than one year experience at an ALC or home school are required to submit previous high school transcripts.   

Program Deadlines
Complete files (application, registration form, transcripts, test scores as required) must be received or postmarked by program deadlines (June 1 for fall enrollment; November 1 for spring enrollment). Any student submitting forms or test scores after the posted deadlines will not be considered for PSEO enrollment.

Other Factors
We strongly encourage applicants to also consider their maturity level. Students will be expected to contribute to classroom discussions, to work directly with faculty and program staff and should be motivated and self-disciplined to attend class regularly, maintain their coursework and meet classroom expectations.

Maintaining Eligibility
Students participating in the program must maintain a cumulative SCSU GPA of 2.0 or better to remain active in the program. Students who fail to meet the 2.0 cumulative GPA requirement will be suspended from the program and must make arrangements to return to their high school. SCSU PSEO students must also follow University policies regarding credit completion rate percentages. It is imperative that students understand the grades they earn and performance they present will become part of their permanent college record. Performing poorly in PSEO can affect your ability to graduate from high school, gain college admission, financial aid and status on University probation/suspension.

Sophomores in PSEO
New legislation has created opportunities for high school sophomores to enroll in Career and Technical Education courses under PSEO. To be eligible to do so, they must be enrolled in a public school, have a minimum of a “proficient” score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for reading and meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course that must be met by all students. Please note that courses offered at SCSU do not qualify as "CTE" courses. However, sophomores may look to enroll in these courses through their local community/technical college. SCSU's Senior to Sophomore program, which allows high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses through their high school campus, may provide opportunities for sophomores in unique cases. For more information, please contact Senior to Sophomore at SCSU, or MnSCU.

The Minnesota Department of Education will only cover PSEO expenses billed by the institution(s) to which PSEO students have been admitted. PSEO students will be responsible for any tuition, fees, and supplies at any institution(s) to which they are not admitted.

[+/-]Application Process

Students seeking to enroll in the PSEO program at SCSU must submit three items: a completed PSEO program application, an official high school/home school transcript and a Notice of Student Registration form by our posted deadlines Fall Semester - June 1; Spring Semester - November 1.

A Guide to PSEO Enrollment, providing an overview of the program, as well as our most frequently asked questions, is also available online. We strongly encourage early application to ensure adequate time to complete all necessary application components (i.e. testing).

[+/-]Orientation

All newly admitted PSEO students must attend a mandatory orientation session. We offer multiple dates for your convenience and students will be notified via mail and email of upcoming dates. Students who are only enrolling in PSEO at SCSU via an online course who live out of the St. Cloud metro area may be eligible to complete a phone or Skype orientation program. Please contact our office 2 weeks in advance of our sessions to determine your eligibility. More details are available on the "Orientation" tab in the upper left hand navigation.

[+/-]Registration

PSEO students register for classes after regularly enrolled degree seeking students and new incoming students. Continuing students will be informed of upcoming registration dates through their HuskyNet email account. Registration for Fall 2014 courses will begin in July 2014.

Students participating in the PSEO program at SCSU are eligible to register for most 100 and 200 level courses. These courses are designed for first and second year students and are generally introductory or general education courses. Students wishing to enroll in 300 or 400 level courses should discuss enrollment with the faculty member prior to their registration.

Returning PSEO Students will register for Fall 2014 courses in July. Your registration window will be announced when it is determined.

NEW PSEO students admitted for Fall 2014 will register for courses during their PSEO Orientation program (held throughout July). Information on Orientation will be mailed to admitted students during the first week in June.

[+/-]Placement Testing

At SCSU, students seeking to take an English composition course (ENGL 191), math course or some science courses must provide evidence of course readiness through placement testing.

Placement testing consists of the Accuplacer or ACT assessment. The Accuplacer is required for some students due to ACT sub-scores in reading and/or English. Students are also able to place into college level math courses and those higher than their ACT sub-scores indicate by taking the math Accuplacer assessment.

We have simplified the Accuplacer registration process for PSEO students. When you log in to schedule your Accuplacer, you will choose: "PSEO English" or "PSEO Mathematics" or both, depending upon your needs and goals for the program.

Additional information & testing requirements are available online: www.stcloudstate.edu/placementtesting

[+/-]Restricted Courses

PSEO students are restricted from taking developmental  courses (listed below 100 level), ENGL 190, and independent study courses, and are only permitted to enroll in one online course per semester. PSEO students may be restricted from enrolling in other courses based upon departmental needs and enrollment.

Students seeking to enroll in 300/400 level (Upper division) courses are encouraged to contact the instructor prior to registration to discuss their likelihood of success in the course. Typically, upper division courses are reserved for students enrolled in that major, or junior/senior level students. We do not recommend PSEO students take an upper division course to satisfy a high school graduation requirement. Students must meet at posted pre-requisites to enroll in an upper division course.

*PSEO students enrolling in developmental courses (listed below 100 level) will be responsible for the entire cost of such courses – tuition, fees, textbooks and other related costs. The PSEO program does not cover registration in these courses. We encourage students needing developmental work to complete the courses at their high school as we must first serve our degree students with a need for developmental coursework.

[+/-]Selecting Courses & Advising

Students should consult with their high school guidance counselor before selecting courses to ensure their progress towards high school graduation. We encourage students to follow the SCSU Liberal Education Program, and also provide access for students to take major-based courses.

Students who have met with their guidance counselor and still have questions about course selection may contact the PSEO Team, where a counselor will be able to assist with course recommendations. This is especially recommended for students who have earned college credits through other programs (CLEP, AP, other PSEO programs).

PSEO students will have access to schedule individual advising appointments. We recommend that PSEO students confirm the courses they need with their guidance counselors prior to their advising appointments on campus. To make an appointment, students can come to the office (CH 366) and sign up for an open PSEO advising appointment or call us at (320) 308-2941.

PSEO students who are considering multiple colleges/universities following high school graduation should be in touch with all of the Admission Offices to understand course and credit transfer policies. Many students benefit from using the Transferology system.

[+/-]Housing

PSEO students may live on campus on a space-available basis. Please contact the Office of Residential Life for a housing application. Please note that housing costs are not covered by the PSEO program and are the sole responsibility of the student. PSEO students living in campus housing are held to the same policies and procedures as degree-seeking students, and should be socially mature and prepared for an independent living environment.

[+/-]Dining on Campus

PSEO students may purchase on-campus meal plans, use Campus Cash, or cash/check/debit cards to purchase meals and refreshments on campus. These costs are not covered by the PSEO program.

Students are also free to bring food to campus and utilize the lounge areas for dining. Microwaves are also available in many dining facilities.

[+/-]Transportation

PSEO students may purchase parking permits from the SCSU Public Safety Office for SCSU lots on a space available basis. Students may also purchase City of St. Cloud street permits. Please note other transportation options include off-campus parking, parking in campus pay lots, or utilizing the Metro Bus Program in St. Cloud, free for SCSU students with a campus ID card. Please note parking and transportation costs are not covered by the PSEO program and are the responsibility of the student.

Public Safety                       (320) 308- 3453        www.stcloudstate.edu/publicsafety
City of St. Cloud                  (320) 650-3374          http://www.ci.stcloud.mn.us/
Metro Bus Program           (320) 251-RIDE (7433) http://www.ridemetrobus.com/college/scsu/

PSEO students may be eligible for assistance with transportation costs. To be eligible, a student's family must be under the federal poverty income guidelines. Students who qualify will work with their district on the reimbursement process. More information is available at the Minnesota Department of Education's web site.

[+/-]Summer Sessions

PSEO students are eligible for courses during the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters only). PSEO juniors who wish to enroll in summer courses may do so by applying to SCSU as a "special student" but will be responsible to cover the tuition, textbook and fees. Students will need to submit additional paperwork to enroll in summer courses while in high school. Graduating seniors looking to continue with summer courses may apply as degree-seeking students and seek financial aid to assist with summer session costs.

[+/-]Benefits

PSEO students can take advantage of the many great opportunities available for SCSU students, with few exceptions. Students are eligible to join student clubs and organizations, utilize the learning resource center and other academic resources, as well as the student union and campus recreation activities.

PSEO students who seek to become degree-seeking students are also eligible for an application fee waiver. Students must request a fee waiver following submission of their application but contacting the PSEO office.

[+/-]Costs

The PSEO program covers all applicable tuition, fees and textbooks. It covers consumable supplies that are required specifically for a course, such as art supplies, film, etc. The program does not supply general school supplies or non-consumable supplies such as calculators, instrument rental, uniforms, etc. On-campus housing and parking costs are the responsibility of the student.

Textbooks used through the program are property of SCSU. These materials must be returned to the on-campus bookstore during finals week. Students will be charged for textbooks and materials not returned in a timely manner at 50% of the original purchase cost. The form is available for your convenience on our website under Forms & Handbook. Simply complete the form and drop off your materials at the PSEO table inside the bookstore (located in Centennial Hall). You will not need to wait in line to return your textbooks & materials.

The Minnesota Department of Education will only cover PSEO expenses billed by the institution(s) to which PSEO students have been admitted. PSEO students will be responsible for any tuition, fees, and supplies at any institution(s) to which they are not admitted.

[+/-]Grades & Transcripts

The First Year & Transition Programs office will submit your official SCSU transcripts to your high school after grades are posted each semester. If grades for a student or from a single course are not posted or a school does not receive the student's record, the student must coordinate submitting an updated grade report to the high school.

Students may access their grades online through the online e-Services. Remember that the courses you take through the PSEO program will become a permanent part of your official academic record. If you are printing your grade report for your high school, be sure to check "Display Name" upon logging into e-Services.

Students enrolling at other colleges or universities following high school graduation must request a transcript through the Office of Records and Registration. *Please note MnSCU campuses are able to secure your SCSU transcript at no cost to you, as long as you do not have a hold on your record. Students requesting transcripts sent to other campuses will be responsible for the processing fee.

[+/-]Activities & Events

Thank you to the students and parents who attended the PSEO Financial Aid session. We all learned a lot about the financial aid process thanks to Valerie!

If you couldn't attend but would like to learn more about financial aid, this is a great tool!

This year, Career Services hosted multiple sessions specifically for PSEO students. You can graduate from high school having completed all of your generals or even a full associate of arts (AA) degree, but it could still take you 3 or 4 more years to earn your degree if you are planning ahead for your major! Attend these programs to understand the tools available to start finding your major!

Got an idea for other events you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us your ideas at: PSEO@stcloudstate.edu

 

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