Update to PSEO Application Process
Due to the COVID-19, as of Friday, March 27, the admission requirements for the Fall Term 2020 have changed. Please review updated ACCUPLACER and testing information below.
Please note: All PSEO admission requirements are subject to change as the college follows COVID-19 government and college mandates and planning.
Admissions Process: Update for demostration of college-level Reading placement.
*Due to the unavailability of ACCUPLACER, the following Minnesota State policies are currently in place to allow PSEO applicants to demonstrate college-level Reading and Mathematics skills if they have no test scores on file at the college.
Reading - A student who presents a HS GPA of 2.6 or higher must be given a placement of college-level that allows for enrollment in courses that designate college-level reading skills as a prerequisite.
Mathematics - A student who presents a HS GPA of 2.8+ and high school Alegbra 2 with a C- or better must be given a placement of college-level that allows for enrollment in College Algebra.
**Placement scores already on file at the college will trump the use of GPA. If students do not meet college-level Reading or Math placement according to their test scores on file, students do have the opporunity to appeal. Please refer to the Testing Center website for more information about this appeals process.
1. Review and complete the PSEO application.
2. Determine if you have college-level skills in Reading.
Take the ACCUPLACER course placement test or obtain a copy of your ACT score report. ACCUPLACER is administered in the Testing Center on West Campus (W2470). Photo id is required. If using ACT scores, please include a copy of your ACT score report with your PSEO application. ACT requirements: 21 or higher in Reading OR 18 or higher in English. ACT Reading scores will be used to determine placement for both Reading and English. Students interested in taking a math course through the PSEO program must place into college-level math on ACCUPLACER or have a 22 or higher in Math on the ACT.
Please see updates to this step in the section above addressing changes due to COVID-19.
3. Determine if you meet ranking requirements for Step 2 using option A, B, or C.
Class Rank: Juniors must be ranked in the top third of their class and Seniors in the top half of their class.
Decile: Juniors must place into the 3rd decile or higher and Seniors in the 5th decile or higher
GPA: Juniors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and Seniors a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Option B: Juniors ranked in the 70th percentile or higher/Seniors in the 50th percentile or higher on one of the following exams: ACT, SAT, PSAT.
Option C: Students who do not meet Option A or B 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.
4. Submit PSEO application to the Admissions Office (walk-in or mail is accepted).
Review page 3 of the PSEO application to ensure all required documents are completed and included with the PSEO application. Incomplete PSEO applications will not be processed and will be returned to the student. Submission of PSEO applications via email is recommended due to staff working remotely at this time. Please email applications to Katy Moore, PSEO Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.