Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

St. Cloud State students meeting in Barden Park

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Information

We’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.

Check out our Joint PSEO Program Information Recording with St. Cloud State and SCTCC!

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PSEO Eligibility and Admission Criteria

Effective for Fall 2020 and beyond, students seeking to enroll in our PSEO program must meet the following admission criteria:

  • Seniors must meet one of the following:
    • Top half of their class
    • Nationally standardized test score listed below
    • 3.0 GPA
  • Juniors must meet one of the following:
    • Top third of their class
    • Nationally standardized test score listed below
    • 3.5 GPA
  • Sophomores: Staring Fall 2021, the PSEO program at St. Cloud State Univesrity will admit a limited amount of sophomores. Please see the sophomore application for more information.

Students may also be eligible for the program with the following nationally standardized test scores:

  • ACT: 23 or above composite score
  • Pre-ACT: 22 or above composite score
  • PLAN: 19 or above
  • SAT: 1070 or above (math & critical reading)
  • PSAT: 1070 or above

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 may 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 semester & cumulative SCSU GPA of 2.0 or better to remain active in the program. Students who fail to meet the 2.0 semester & 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.

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 St. Cloud State must submit three items:

  1. A completed PSEO program application,
  2. An official high school/home school transcript
  3. A current Notice of Student Registration form

All items must be postmarked by our posted deadlines Fall Semester - June 1; Spring Semester - November 1.

We strongly encourage early application to ensure adequate time to complete all necessary application components (i.e. testing).

Advising and Orientation

All newly admitted PSEO students must participate in a mandatory advising and orientation program. This includes an online informational program and and advising appointment. More details are available on the "Student Advising & Registration" tab in the upper left hand navigation.


Course 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 and may check their e-Services account for more details.  New PSEO students will also be notified of upcoming registration dates but must complete the advising and orientation program prior to registration.

Students participating in the PSEO program at St. Cloud State 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.

Placement Testing

At St. Cloud State, students seeking to take an English composition course (ENGL 191), a math course, most chemistry and physics classes, or anatomy and physiology (BIOL 202), must provide evidence of course readiness through placement testing.

Placement testing consists of the Accuplacer or ACT. 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.

Additional information & testing requirements are available online:

Restricted Courses

PSEO students are restricted from taking developmental  courses (listed below 100 level), ENGL 190, study abroad programs, and independent study courses. 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 or textbooks 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 must 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 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 an advisor can assist with course recommendations. This is especially recommended for students who have earned college credits through other programs (CLEP, AP, other concurrent enrollment programs).

St. Cloud State's Advising and Student Transitions Office has an academic advisor dedicated to helping students pursuing an Associate of Arts (AA) Degree. If you are interested in earning your AA Degree through your PSEO work, we recommend meeting with an advisor consistently to ensure you're on track to meet all the requirements of an AA Degree. To make an appointment, students can call us at (320) 308-5758. 

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.


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 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.


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
City of St. Cloud (320) 650-3374
Metro Bus Program (320) 251-RIDE (7433)

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

Taking Courses During 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 of Being a SCSU PSEO Student

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.

Early advising & registration programs are available to PSEO seniors who are transitioning into degree-seeking students at St. Cloud State. Eligible students will receive an email invitation during spring semester of their senior year. Students should be formally admitted to St. Cloud State by March 1 to be considered.


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 St. Cloud State. 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 St. Cloud State Registrar's Office will submit your St. Cloud State 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 Minnesota State campuses are able to secure your St. Cloud State 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.