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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the PSEO program?

The Post Secondary Enrollment Options program, also known as PSEO, was created in 1985 as a means to "promote rigorous educational pursuits and provide a wider variety of options for students." Through PSEO, high school students receive both high school and college/university credit for college or university courses that are completed. Through PSEO, students may take courses on a college or university campus or, where available, at their high school. PSEO courses offered in high school are commonly called concurrent enrollment courses.

What are the eligibility and admissions requirements for the PSEO program?

High school senior requirements:H

Rank in the top 50% of their high school class (with satisfactory ACT) OR;

Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (with satisfactory ACT) OR;

Score a 21 on ACT (with satisfactory GPA)

High school junior requirements:

Rank in the top 33% of their high school class OR;

Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 OR;

Score a 24 on ACT (with satisfactory GPA)

Who should I contact about PSEO?

Assistant Director, PSEO/Concurrent Enrollment
New Student and Family Programs
103 Preska Residence Community
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 389-5119 (direct)
(507) 389-5498 (main)
(507) 389-5183 (fax

Do I have to take the ACT to qualify for PSEO Admission?

High school seniors will be required to submit an ACT score. High juniors who do not meet the class rank or GPA requirements must submit an ACT score for admission. 

ACT scores will also be required to enroll in English and/or Math classes. Students are also able to complete the Accuplacer exam. 

Are PLAN scores acceptable for PSEO admission?

No, Minnesota State Mankato does not accept PLAN scores for PSEO admission.

What are the PSEO application deadline dates?

Students who plan to participate in PSEO fall semester must have a fully completed application in no later than July 15th. Students who plan to participate in PSEO spring semester must have a completed application in no later than December 15th. All PSEO applications must include a current high school transcript, ACT scores (if taken) and a fully completed Minnesota Department of Education ­ Notice of PSEO Student Registration [PDF] form (924 KiB).

Where do I find a copy of the Minnesota Department of Education ­ Notice of PSEO Registration Form?

The MN Department of Education ­ Notice of Student Registration Form is due EACH semester a PSEO student plans to enroll. [PDF] Here is a link to the form (924 KiB).

How much does it cost to be in the PSEO program?

The PSEO program covers all course tuition, fees, and required textbooks.

Can cultural/foreign exchange students participate in PSEO?

By law, students participating in cultural/foreign exchange programs are not eligible for the PSEO program.

As a PSEO student, how many credit hours can I take per semester?

At Minnesota State Mankato, PSEO students can register for a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester.

Are there any limitations on the PSEO courses I am allowed to take?

All courses taken by PSEO students must be taken at the 100 and 200 levels and approved for PSEO students. PSEO students may not enroll in courses that have additional course-related costs or any other special fees beyond the regular student fees paid per credit.

PSEO students cannot pay for additional course-related costs out of pocket.

PSEO students cannot enroll in developmental Math (Math 098) or developmental English (English 100) courses.

Can PSEO students take classes online?

Yes, at Minnesota State Mankato, PSEO students can enroll in courses that are 100% online.

Can PSEO students take summer classes?

No, the PSEO program is only an option during the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters). Students interested in enrolling in summer courses can speak with the Admissions Office about summer courses, you will need to reapply to the university before enrolling in summer courses. Students will be responsible for tuition, fees, and textbooks for summer courses. 

What academic standards do PSEO students need to meet in order to remain enrolled in the PSEO program?

All students in the PSEO program will be expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 ("C") or better and maintain a course completion rate of 67% or higher. If a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better and 67% completion rate is not maintained, students will be dropped from the PSEO program.

What options do I have for being graded in the PSEO courses I take?

All courses must be taken for a letter grade; unless offered only as pass/no credit.

What if a student does not successfully complete a college-level PSEO course?

That is a risk for students in this program. If a class required for high school graduation is not successfully completed, the student might not be able to graduate with their high school class. In addition, there will be a permanent college or university transcript on which the grade is recorded.

Can PSEO students live on campus?

No, PSEO students cannot live on campus. PSEO students are able to rent off-campus apartments though. For more information on off-campus housing please see

When can I register for my PSEO classes?

New PSEO students are required to attend new PSEO student orientation and will register for PSEO classes following PSEO orientation the Friday before classes begin at Minnesota State Mankato. Returning PSEO students do not need to attend PSEO orientation again and will register on their own, online, the Friday before classes begin at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Do I have to attend a PSEO orientation session?

All first-time PSEO students must attend a special PSEO orientation session held the Friday before the semester starts in August and January prior to registration. Information regarding PSEO orientation will be mailed to all new PSEO students approximately 2-3 weeks prior to orientation/registration. Returning PSEO students may choose to attend these sessions, but they are not required to attend another PSEO orientation.