What is required to be accepted?
PSEO Student Eligibility Requirements
High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for one career and technical education course if they have earned a passing score on the eighth grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in reading.
New legislation passed under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, allows eligible 10th-grade students to enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course. In order to be eligible, a 10th-grade student must have taken the 8th-grade MCA reading test in the 8th-grade and have met the composite proficiency level of “meets or exceeds.” Students who meet this standard may be eligible to enroll in a CTE course, as identified by the Minnesota State College and University System (MNSCU) if they meet the specific course requirements and prerequisites of the CTE course. This option is open to Minnesota public school students only.
High School Sophomores: Must pass 8th grade MN Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Reading at the composite proficiency level of "meets or exceeds" and meet the prerequisites of the CTE course they wish to enroll in.
High school juniors must rank in the top 1/3 of their high school class OR score above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test.
High school seniors must rank in the top 1/2 of their high school class OR score above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test.
Juniors or seniors who do not meet admission requirements are asked to submit a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor or teacher. Students must also submit a two-page, typed, double-spaced essay using 12 point font, or participate in a formal interview explaining why they are interested in the PSEO program and what they can contribute to it.
Follow Steps to Become a PSEO Student
What is the application process?
NOTE: All application materials must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered for admission.
1. Complete the Anoka Technical College Application.
2. Complete Sections 1 and 2 of the Minnesota Department of Education
Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program Notice of Registration Form [link to PDF]
3. Submit official high school transcript(s) with cumulative GPA and class rank.
4. Take ACCUPLACER tests if scores are needed for course prerequisite or program admission.
5. Read the frequently asked questions included on this Web page. If you wish, email Enrollment Services or call 763-576-7710.
What are ACCUPLACER Placement Tests?
One way to ensure you are placed in the correct courses is to measure your current skill levels in reading, writing and math through the ACCUPLACER assessment test, also referred to as the placement test. This is not a measure of your potential but an assessment of college readiness. The ACCUPLACER Testing Center is located in the Student Success Center, Suite 190.
- Available on a walk-in basis per the current Walk-In Test Schedule
- Multiple-choice, untimed (generally take 1.5 to 2 hours), not pass/fail
- Calculators are not permitted, scratch paper and pencil provided
- Results are immediate and help students select courses
- Some courses require certain ACCUPLACER scores for registration. Students should check course descriptions for pre-requisites.
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Who pays tuition for PSEO students?
Tuition, books, and lab fees are paid for by the State of Minnesota’s Post Secondary Education Option Program. These expenses are covered as part of your high school education.
Who pays for PSEO books and supplies?
Text books are available to PSEO students from the Anoka Tech Bookstore at least one week prior to the start of classes. These books must be returned to the Bookstore at the end of the semester.
If the borrowed materials, the student will be billed. All bills must be paid before transcripts will be released to other institutions. Alternatively, students may pay for books and keep them if they so choose.
Who helps PSEO students choose classes/register?
PSEO students are required to meet with an Anoka Tech PSEO advisor at orientation and again during the first semester prior to registering for second semester.
What is expected of a PSEO student?
Anoka Technical College is committed to the success of PSEO students and there are number of services to support students in achieving academic success. Students are expected to:
Attend class regularly.
Enroll in no more than 16 credits per semester.
Only register for courses numbered 1000 and above.
Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA each term in order to remain eligible for the program.
Keep in contact with the high school counselor to ensure high school graduation requirements are met.
Contact your Anoka Tech PSEO advisor, if any problems should arise regarding academic success.
Is coursework more difficult that high school?
Generally, college courses are more challenging than high school courses. The responsibility of learning is primarily on the student. For every hour of class, the student should plan to spend two hours outside of class studying. For example, a three credit class requires three hours of class time per week and six hours of independent studying per week; nine hours per week should be devoted to a three credit course.
Does a PSEO student need to maintain a certain GPA?
PSEO students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and complete 67% of credits in order to remain eligible for the program. This is in compliance with the college’s satisfactory academic progress policy. If a GPA of 2.0 or better is not maintained, or if a student falls below 67% completion of credits, students will be placed on academic probation for the following semester.
What if a PSEO student fails an Anoka Tech class?
This is one of the risks a PSEO student takes in this program. If a class which is required for high school graduation is not passed, the student might not be able to graduate with his or her high school class. In addition, the student’s permanent college transcript will record the failing grade. It is important for students to realize PSEO grades will permanently appear on the college transcript.
How often do PSEO students meet with counselors
You must meet with your high school counselor every semester to complete the Notice of Student Registration Form. You need to work closely with your high school counselor to ensure that the college courses you take will meet your high school graduation requirements.
Is PSEO offered during the summer?
No. If a student chooses to take classes during the summer, he/she is responsible for tuition, fees and books.
Do PSEO students need to attend both semesters?
No. Students can participate in PSEO during one semester or both fall and spring. Semester courses conclude at the end of each semester and new classes can be taken during the next semester.
Where can PSEO students eat on campus?
The Cafeteria and the Fresh Stop Café are open to everyone. Students can pay with cash or credit. An ATM machine is located in the Cafeteria.
Where do students park?
PSEO students are allowed to park in any lot they choose. Parking permits are covered by student fees for which PSEO students are not responsible.
At what age is a student no longer eligble for PSEO?
Students are no longer eligible once they turn 21.
Who PSEO students contact for more information?