PSEO Procedures: 2023-2024 School Year 

PSEO Eligibility Requirements

Students need to meet prerequisite requirements for the course. The college or university makes the final determination on a student's readiness. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) has set the following PSEO eligibility requirements:

  • High school seniors must be in the upper one-half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on the ACT or SAT.
  • Juniors must be in the upper one-third of their class or score at or above the 70th percentile on a test, such as the ACT or SAT.
  • Sophomores may enroll in a career or technical education course at a Minnesota State college or university if they have attained a passing score or met the 8th grade standard on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in reading and meet other course prerequisites or course enrollment standards established by the college. These standards include but are not limited to assessment test scores, program admission or other requirements.
  • If a sophomore receives a grade of C or better in the course, the student shall be allowed to take additional career or technical education courses in subsequent terms.
  • 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 and achieve the required scores prior to enrollment.
  • Campuses may require eligible 10th grade PSEO students who wish to enroll in a career and technical course to meet with a college counselor or advisor.
  • Colleges and universities may admit students based on other documentation of ability to perform college-level work.

If a concurrent enrollment course cannot be filled with eligible 11th and 12th grade students, a 9th or 10th grade student may be able to enroll in that course if:

  • The college or university president approves;
  • The student has a score at or above the 90th percentile on a national test, such as ACT or SAT or ranks in the upper one-tenth of their class or has a favorable recommendation from a designated high school official to enroll in the course; and
  • The student meets the prerequisite requirements of the course as determined by the college or university.

Students and parents should consider the following:

  • Academic Ability: Is the student ready for college-level course work? General guidelines: Juniors should have a 3.5 GPA and above and seniors should have a 3.0 GPA and above. Students should also be in the 50th percentile or higher on standardized tests.  For each credit, expect about an hour of reading and studying for that course (ex: 3 credit class = 3 outside hours per week extra for hw)

  • Maturity: Is the student mature, responsible and self-disciplined enough to be successful in a college setting?  Colleges are open to all ages of students, is the student comfortable in working with students who are in their 30s or older on group projects or presentations? 
  • Food and Transportation: Students will need to provide their own breakfast and lunch through PSEO. Transportation is also something to consider. Will the student be able to provide their own transportation to the college or university of their choosing?  Will they be able to pay for parking (if needed)?  Students should also consider not only driving to the college or university of their choosing but also the time it takes to park, walk to the university and walk across campus to the class. 
  • Be aware of postsecondary admissions requirements and deadlines. It is the postsecondary institution that determines admissions requirements into their postsecondary courses – not the high school. Postsecondary institutions also set their own application deadlines and timelines for admission.
  • You are still a Fridley Tiger.  It will be your responsibility to stay up to date with your grade level google classroom for HS deadlines (ordering a yearbook, senior group picture etc.) - continuing to check your email on top of your new PSEO email is an expectation. It is the student’s responsibility to check the isd14 email often. PSEO students must continue to check their school email multiple times a week and follow posts on the grade-level Google Classrooms.
  • High School Graduation Requirements: Students should learn and understand the number of credits and courses needed to graduate from Fridley High School.  Enrollment in an incorrect PSEO class could result in delayed high school graduation, so careful planning and communication with the high school is very important. Fridley High School will work with students in choosing generally comparable courses to meet requirements.  Please work with your dean to make sure you register for required courses.
  • Decide where to enroll – and which courses to take. There is no list of available PSEO courses available across the state. Students should locate the list of PSEO courses offered by the postsecondary institution where they would like to enroll. Refer to the list of PSEO participating institutions approved to offer PSEO in Minnesota: