High School Student Opportunities

Minnesota State University, Mankato offers a variety of programs to enhance the education of high school students and to help set them up for success in college.


The Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program offers an opportunity for eligible high school juniors and seniors to earn high school and university credit simultaneously. Classes can be taken at the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus or online. Tuition and required textbook costs are paid by the Minnesota Department of Education; therefore there is no cost to the PSEO student.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment is a collaboration between Minnesota State University, Mankato and area high schools. This partnership offers qualified high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn university credit in their high school setting during regular school hours. All Concurrent Enrollment courses are taught by qualified high school instructors who partner with faculty from the University. Students who successfully complete a Concurrent Enrollment course receive high school credit and Minnesota State University, Mankato credit.

TRIO Educational Talent Search

A pre-college prep program serving students in 6th-12th grade. TRIO Programs are designed to help low-income and first-generation potential college students prepare for and succeed in higher education. Educational Talent Search (ETS) is federally funded, so we are able to provide a variety of free career and college planning services for our participants that focus on career exploration, college readiness, financial literacy, and academic support.

TRIO Upward Bound

The program is designed to stimulate and motivate low-income, potential first-generation college students to complete high school and pursue and succeed in a program of post-secondary education. The Upward Bound Program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education. It serves students in the Kato Public Charter, Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial, Madelia, Mankato East, Mankato West, and Maple River high schools.