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Apply as a PSEO Student

Challenge yourself academically and lower the overall cost of your college education with PSEO, or Post-Secondary Enrollment Options. PSEO is a state-funded program for qualified high-school students to meet high school graduation requirements while earning college credits.

The PSEO program pays for your tuition and textbooks for college-level courses (numbered 1000 level or higher) taken for high school and college credit.

If you have been a PSEO student at MCTC and you are graduating from high school, apply as a returning student instead of following the application steps on this page.

If you want to take classes in the summer, are from out-of-state or missed the application deadlines, you may apply for MCTC’s High School Non-PSEO Program.

Before you start the application process, talk with your high school counselor and your parents or guardian to get their help in considering the following:

Am I ready for college academics and a faster pace?
Have I shown that I’m a responsible person who can get to classes and complete assignments on my own?
Will I miss not being as involved at my high school?
What requirements do I need to meet for my high school diploma?
If I enroll in classes that don’t meet my high school graduation requirements, withdraw from courses, or fail a course, will I still be able to graduate from high school with my class?
Will I be able to arrange my schedule so I can get to classes at MCTC and my high school?
How will I get there? Since transportation isn’t covered by the program you should also consider how long will it take to travel from one school to the other.

Minneapolis Community & Technical College follows the PSEO admission guidelines set forth by the Minnesota State system. Students need to meet one of the requirements based on their year in school.

11th grade / High School Juniors:

  • Must be in the upper one-third of class OR
  • Have a test score at or above the 70th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such as the ITED, CAT (Timed Version), Aspire, PLAN, ACT, PSAT or SAT. 
  • Juniors may also qualify with a High School GPA of 3.0 or higher.

12th grade / High School Seniors:

  • Must be in the upper one-half of class OR
  • Have a test score at or above 50th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such as the ITED, CAT (Timed Version), Aspire, PLAN, ACT, PSAT or SAT.
  • Seniors may also qualify with a High School GPA of 2.5 or higher.

To be considered to enter our sophomore program Students must pass the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in Reading (MCA) to meet standards. Students need to provide proof to the PSEO Coordinator with their application.

Things to know:

  • Sophomores are eligible to take Career & Technical Education courses (CTE) ONLY.
  • The classes that are available can be found in this link: 10th grade classes at Minneapolis College.
  • Students need to not only pass the 8th Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) in Reading, they also need to meet any other course or program prerequisites of the CTE course they wish to enroll in.
  •  These standards include but are not limited to assessment test scores from taking the Accuplacer assessment.

Rules to enroll as a sophomore at MCTC:

  • Students are allowed entry into this program only for sophomore year.
  • Students in their first semester are only allowed to take one class.
  • If a sophomore receives a grade of C or better in the course they took first semester, the student will be allowed to take 1 additional career or technical education course the next semester for a total of two classes second semester.
  • The Courses students can take cannot be online.
  • A student who first enrolls under this provision while in 10th grade and wishes to enroll in general education courses as an 11th or 12th grade student must take the system assessment for course placement (Accuplacer) and achieve the required scores prior to taking classes during their 11th and or 12th grade year.

All application items need to be submitted on or before the designated semester deadline to be considered a completed application file.

  • Placement testing does not need to be done by application date.
  • Placement testing is required before orientation date.
  • If testing is not done before student will not be able to attend orientation until placement testing has been completed.

Spring Semester Deadline:

  • Final- December 1st

Fall Semester Deadlines:

  • Priority/Early - April 15
  • Final - July 1

1. Complete the PSEO online application

  • Make sure to state you are in High school when asked in the application. If this step is answered incorrectly your application will not be processed correctly.

  • After you submit the application, you will receive a confirmation email that includes your new MCTC ID number that you may need for testing and will need for course registration.

2. Complete section 1 of the State of Minnesota PSEO Notice of Registration Form with your parent or guardian

  • If you are under 18 please have your parent / guardian sign the form.
  • Section 2 need to be completed by your high school counselor.
  • After you submit the form, the PSEO coordinator will complete section 3.
  •  Forms not fully filled out will delay the processing of the students PSEO application.
Do not send this form to the Minnesota Department of Education.

3. Submit a copy of your current high school transcript showing your GPA.

  • Please have your school send your transcript to MCTC by using Parchment or by mail.
  • If a student does not meet the grade level requirements for the PSEO program they may be considered for the program if they will need to fill out the PSEO Exception Form.
  • The directions to fill out the form are on the form.
  • Understand that forms that are not fully filled out will not be considered.
  • The form will need to have a letter of recommendation accompany it that is written by a school official that knows the students’ academic abilities.
  • The exemption form and letter of recommendation are a part of the PSEO application and as such needs to be included with all other application materials, which may include: the notice of student registration form, high school transcript, and PSEO application.
  • All application items need to be submitted on or before the designated semester deadline to be considered a completed application.
  • As a reminder student is granted access to the program using this exemption, still needs to meet the college readiness assessment level / prerequisites of the course(s) they wish to enroll in.

You can fill out the PSEO Exception Petition Form here.

Send completed forms and accompanying documents to PSEO@minneapolis.edu and in the subject line use: PSEO Exemption Form

4.  Students will need to complete a placement test before they can attend the PSEO Mandatory Orientation session.

  • Study and take the Accuplacer Placement test

                             Placement test information

  • If you have previously taken the Accuplacer test at your high school, submit a signed Request for Transfer of College Readiness Scores form 3 business days before your orientation date.
  • If you have taken the ACT, submit a copy of your score report with your paperwork so you can get a testing exemption in the areas where your scores are college-level.
  • This report needs to include your full name, the name of the test, the date the test was taken and the test results.

Please submit all PSEO application materials by mail to:

Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Attn: PSEO Coordinator
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

  • We will contact you by email to let you know if you have been accepted to the PSEO program as we review PSEO application materials or 6 business days after the deadline.
  • If you are accepted into the PSEO program, your email will give you options to sign up for a PSEO orientation you can sign up for.
  • This orientation is mandatory and designed just for PSEO students.
  • Please don’t register for any of the MCTC New or Transfer Student orientation.
  • The PSEO program covers tuition and required textbooks for students.
  • The program does not cover transportation or food costs.

If you have questions or concerns about those costs please contact us to find out if there are resources available to help with the costs.

  • You will register for your classes during PSEO orientation.
  • For academic, financial and logistical reasons, you are not eligible to enroll in all MCTC courses. Here is a link to courses PSEO students are not able to take. (View the list of courses you cannot take).
  • If you intentionally register for courses that are on the list, or if you register to take courses at a college you have not been admitted to, you will be dropped from the courses.
  • You may be responsible for the payment of all costs associated with your enrollment including tuition, student fees, books and supplies.
  • PSEO students are not allowed to register for MCTC’s developmental courses. These are courses with numbers beginning with a “0”, such as READ 0200. 
  • If you do enroll in one of these course you will be removed from the class as the class does not meet PSEO requirements.

We are happy to help you through this process or answer any questions, feel free to contact us!

Esther McCallson
PSEO Coordinator

Documents for current students and administrators

Helpful Links for PSEO students

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