• High school student opportunities through PSEO

    PSEO is an opportunity that allows high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to take college-level courses with M State and earn both high school and college credit.


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What is PSEO?

The Postsecondary Enrollment Options program allows high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to take college-level courses on one of M State's campuses or online and earn both high school and college credit. Students can also take M State courses at their high schools through the Concurrent Enrollment program or online through eCampus in the High School.

The PSEO program, funded through the Minnesota Department of Education, covers the high school student's tuition and cost of textbooks for college-level courses (numbered 1000 level or higher). PSEO students are responsible for the cost of equipment that becomes their property, such as tools and computers.

What are the benefits?
  • SAVE MONEY. Tuition, fees and textbooks are at no cost to you.
  • SAVE TIME. Completing college courses in high school means it will take you less time to earn your degree after high school.
  • ADD VARIETY. You're provided with a greater variety of course offerings - beyond what is available at your high school.
  • CHALLENGE YOURSELF. College courses will offer you a challenging (yet rewarding!) educational experience.


PSEO eligibility

Minnesota high school sophomores*, juniors and seniors may be eligible to take one or more college-level courses through PSEO if they meet the following requirements:

  • Senior/12th grade: High school GPA of 2.8 or greater
  • Junior/11th grade: High school GPA of 3.2 or greater
  • Sophomore/10th grade: Complete the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) reading test and meet the proficiency of "meets or exceeds." Sophomores who qualify for PSEO may enroll in one career and technical education course.

NOTE: PSEO applicants must also take the Accuplacer assessment next-generation test or submit ACT/MCA scores for final determination of PSEO eligibility and course placement. Sophomores do not need to take the Accuplacer assessment for the 10th grade option. They will need to test once they become a junior or senior.

If the high school/home school student does not meet the GPA requirement, a letter of recommendation that specifically outlines the applicant's readiness for college level coursework must be provided by the high school counselor, principal or instructor for consideration.


PSEO application process

  1. Complete and submit the online application.
  2. Request your high school transcript be sent to M State.
  3. Submit the Agreement of Understanding and Minnesota Department of Education forms.

Agreement of Understanding Form
Minnesota Department of Education Form

Applications must be received before the application deadline.


Student Resources

Your one stop personal portal to college resources. Log in with your StarID and password.

Students must login to eServices at the beginning of every semester to verify course registration. Students can also check grades, print unofficial transcripts, and track Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) progress through eServices.

Search online articles, eBooks and much more! *A student ID card is needed for interlibrary loans, all other resources can be accessed with a StarID and password. Email your Academic Advisor to request a student ID. Please allow two weeks to process this request.

Spartan Center
Academic support, tutoring services and online tools and resources

D2L Brightspace
Online classes are accessed in M State's online learning management system, D2L Brightspace (located within SpartanNet). Some on-campus courses also use D2L Brightspace. To familiarize yourself with D2L Brightspace, complete the Brighten Your Path tutorial located on your D2L Brightspace homepage. Please remember that it is important to begin participating in courses on the first day of classes. Note: Most courses are not available in D2L Brightspace until the first day of classes.

StarID is a unique username and password that can be used at any Minnesota State college and will give you access to M State resources, including the online library and SpartanNet. To active follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to the Minnesota State StarID website. Click on "Activate StarID" and then "Personal Email Address." Enter the same personal email to active your StarID as the email entered when you applied to M State. Click "continue."
  2. Go to your personal email and copy the verification code. The code is valid for one hour and can be used only once.
  3. Go back to the Minnesota State StarID website, click on "Activate StarID" and "Verification Code." Copy and paste the verification code or enter it manually and a StarID will be generated.
  4. Create a new password. Passwords must contain at least three of the following features: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.

Questions? Call or text 877.450.3322, email info@minnesota.edu or chat with the M State Support Center.


Ordering textbooks online

Download the How to Order Online document for step-by-step instructions on how to order your textbooks using M State's Online Bookstore.


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. When a student enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the right to access and control disclosure of education records under FERPA transfers from the student's parents (as in the K-12 setting) to the student.

In most circumstances, family members will need to show an authorization form signed by the student to allow the release of information. An electronic form is located below. Any document that includes the following would also be valid: who is authorized to release the information; to whom the information may be released; what information may be released; the purpose for which the information may be used; the student's signature; and a date. A simple email from a student is not a sufficient authorization.

School officials may honor a copy of a valid release, including a fax. An authorization could permit disclosure of information by phone or e-mail so long as an otherwise valid release is on file. A form could also authorize on-going disclosures, such as grades each semester.

Student Release of Information Form

Last modified: February 19th, 2019 at 01:09pm