Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

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Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) offers high school juniors,seniors AND sophomores (Special restrictions apply – see below) in public, nonpublic, or home schools the opportunity to take courses at eligible post-secondary institutions.

NOTE: Please see FAQ #6 for details about Career & Technical Education courses & application requirements.

To be eligible, you must meet the admissions requirements of the post-secondary institution, but do not have to pay for tuition, fees, or books.

You can earn high school credit courses and, if you want to continue your education beyond high school, you can choose to transfer your completed PSEO coursework as college credits.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Process


Take the Century College Accuplacer Assessment Test. You must meet minimum score requirements as listed on the application.


Complete and submit all application materials.

All materials must be submitted together. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

In addition to taking the Century College Assessment Test, you must also qualify under one of the three categories listed below.

  • High School Seniors: Class rank at top half of your class.
    High School Juniors: Class rank at top third of your class.
    High School Sophomores: Pass the 8th grade MCA reading test and meet the prerequisites of the course for which you want to register.
  • High School Seniors: ACT, PSAT, SAT, PLAN score indicating you are at or above 50th percentile.
    High School Juniors: ACT, PSAT, SAT, PLAN score indicating you are at or above 70th percentile.

  • Aspire Exam: Juniors & Seniors must have met the benchmark score of 428 in both Reading & English to qualify using this option.

  • Students who do not meet class rank, ACT, SAT, PSAT or Aspire requirements are asked to submit a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor or teacher. You must also submit a two-page, typed, double-spaced essay using a 12pt. font, explaining why you are interested in the PSEO program and what you can contribute to it.

Return application to:

Century College
Office of Admissions
3300 Century Avenue North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Applicants will be contacted by mail with a letter regarding their acceptance into the program.

Application deadlines

  • July 1 for fall semester
  • Dec. 1 for spring semester


Attend an Orientation Session. Students will attend a PSEO Orientation Session and will receive Orientation information via email.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I attend PSEO full-time?


  2. What classes can a PSEO student take?

    PSEO students typically take general education courses. It is very important that you work with your high school counselor to ensure you are taking courses that meet your high school graduation requirements. Please refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum for a list of possible general education courses offered at Century College.

    Many Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are also available for PSEO students to take.
    Please Note: It is important that PSEO students meet all prerequisites for CTE courses. CTE courses may have additional fees due to instructor requirements. These extra fees may exist beyond normal tuition and fee coverage through the PSEO program. Students may submit requests for additional fees to be covered by the program to the PSEO committee to be reviewed for approval, but coverage of all extra fees will not be guaranteed.

    Some courses are restricted for PSEO students. A list of these courses is available here.

  3. What classes are 10th grade PSEO students eligible to take their first semester?
  4. Please refer to the Approved Courses for 10th Grade PSEO guide for a list of Career and Technical Course options for 10th grade students.

  5. What are the maximum number of credits I can take?
  6. We recommend a course load no greater than 16 credits per semester.

  7. Can I use my ACT scores instead of taking the Accuplacer Assessment Test?
  8. Students can submit a copy of their ACT score report (with name and date on document) INSTEAD of taking Accuplacer if students meet the following scores:

    English: 18 or higher

    Reading: 21 or higher

    Mathematics: 22 or higher

    A student may substitute a subject of the ACT for a corresponding subject of Accuplacer, if only that subject area meets the ACT score requirement. The student must then take the remaining subjects via Accuplacer.

  9. Do Juniors or Seniors interested in taking only one Career or Technical Education course need to complete the entire PSEO application and meet all acceptance requirements?
  10. No. Juniors and Seniors can take one Career or Technical Education (CTE) course as a PSEO student regardless of class rank or GPA if they meet the following: public school student and have a test score that meets or exceeds the standards on the 8th grade MCA reading test and meet the prerequisites of the course they are hoping to enroll in. Each subsequent semester students can take additional CTE courses regardless of rank or GPA as long as they meet the prerequisite of the course (Accuplacer or ACT testing).

    Juniors and Seniors can select a course from the Approved Courses for 10th Grade PSEO guide sheet.

Homeschool Students

Did you know that many Minnesota homeschooled students use PSEO courses at Century College as their junior or senior year curriculum? By planning ahead, you may be able to complete up to two years of college before your high school graduation! Contact us for more information.


Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (312.263.0456), so your courses will serve as transferrable credit.

Regulation Notice

The Minnesota Department of Education will only cover PSEO expenses billed by Century College for those students admitted into Century College’s PSEO program. PSEO students admitted to an institution other than Century College who enroll in Century College courses will be responsible for any tuition, fees, and supplies associated with those courses.


Katy Moore
Admissions Advisor/PSEO