Minnesota students can get a jump start on earning college credits by taking college courses while they are in still in high school through Minnesota State’s PSEO program. This programming is made possible through the Minnesota PSEO Act. College courses taken through PSEO programming are dual credit; courses should fulfill high school course requirements and count toward a high school diploma. In addition to earning credits, these rigorous courses offer students help in learning important “transition skills," such as critical thinking, writing, research and course management. These skills help students make a successful transition to college. Additional information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education website.
St. Cloud State University offers high school students a variety of options for earning dual high school and college credit. Consider joining St. Cloud State via an online course or right here on our campus. St. Cloud State also offers numerous courses directly through Minnesota high schools via our Huskies in the High School program.
We find many students are ready to begin their college careers on campus or in an online environment, while still in high school. Students should be prepared for the academic and social challenges of enrolling in college and earning credits before high school graduation. We pride ourselves on being able to offer courses that exceed high school levels, introduce students to new disciplines, and create opportunities for students to engage in the full college experience. If you'd prefer to attend PSEO classes on the St. Cloud State campus or online, we encourage you to learn more about our program. Learn about our PSEO admission criteria download an application and begin the process of becoming a PSEO student!
10th grade students who are interested in taking career and technical courses may start by taking one career and technical college level course taught by a college faculty member on a college campus, at their high school or online as early as 10th grade. St. Cloud State University has designated specific courses that a 10th grade student may choose from. To be eligible to do so, a student must 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. Learn about our PSEO admission criteria, download an application and begin the process of becoming a PSEO student!
Many high schools offer college courses through concurrent enrollment programming, allowing students to take college courses taught by highly qualified high school teachers without having to leave the high school. Under certain circumstances, students in 9th or 10th grade may also be allowed to take concurrent enrollment courses.
We refer to this program as "Huskies in the High School." Students enrolled in this program are St. Cloud State Huskies taking St. Cloud State University courses at their high school.
Students interesting in Huskies in the High School should consult their high school guidance counselor to learn about the courses offered at their high school. Program details and eligibility standards are available through our Huskies in the High School website.
Please note: High schools students must be formally admitted each PSEO program they intend to register through. Students who are admitted to another institution or through another affiliation, and register for St. Cloud State University courses through that affiliation are not automatically admitted to or receive the benefits of our program.