- Academic Credit Courses
- Taking Credit Courses
- Online Courses
- Courses for High School Students
- Program in Translation and Interpreting
- Minnesota English Language Program
- Summer Term
- Professional Development Courses
- Enrichment Courses and Events
- Graduate School Test Prep
Who is eligible for PSEO?
Juniors and seniors in Minnesota public, private, home, and charter schools are eligible to register for post-secondary course work, with tuition and books paid for by the Minnesota Department of Education. You can view more details on eligibility and residency requirements in the Minnesota Department of Education Introduction to PSEO web page.
Can non-PSEO, pre-college age students register through PSEO?
Unfortunately, the PSEO office is not accepting students who have not been admitted to the PSEO program at this time. However, you can register for University of Minnesota courses with a self-pay option, which gives you all of the options and obligations of regular University students. Start by scheduling an appointment with a College of Continuing Education non-degree-seeking-student adviser by calling 612-624-4000.
Can I live on campus?
University housing is not available for PSEO students.
What does PSEO pay for?
PSEO pays for tuition, required books, and consumable course supplies.
Current and Prospective Students
How do I register for classes at the University of Minnesota through PSEO?
All registrations must be processed through the PSEO office. You meet with an adviser each semester for a pre-registration appointment to approve courses, then register during a registration queue time. The PSEO office monitors all registrations.
How will I know which and how many classes I can take?
You can register for the same level of course work as if you were college freshmen (i.e., introductory or 1xxx-level courses). Students often take courses to fulfill their high school graduation requirements, with English and social studies courses being the most popular. You will work closely with advisers in the PSEO office and your high school counselors to make sure you're taking appropriate classes. Some departments limit class sizes.
- As your high school credit load is reduced, more university credits may be allowed.
- A typical full-time college student takes four to five courses (12-16 credits) per semester.
- All college credit earned will appear not only on your high school record, but also on a permanent University of Minnesota record or transcript.
- These credits transfer according to the rules of the college they will be transferred to.
Can I see the class schedule to determine class dates and times?
Review the information listed in the Courses section of our website.
Where can I park?
Visit Parking and Transportation Services or call them at 612-626-7275 to
- request a parking map or parking advice;
- participate in a contract parking lottery;
- obtain facts about busing, biking, and carpooling to campus.
Can I meet with a PSEO adviser before summer orientation?
Due to the volume of students, the PSEO academic advisers are unable to meet in person with prospective students. Our website can answer many of your questions, but if you would like additional information, please contact our front desk at 612-626-1666. Admitted PSEO students will meet with their PSEO adviser at summer orientation in July or early August to discuss their class schedule.
Can I get a U of M ID card?
ID cards, also known as "U Cards," are available to PSEO students free of charge for the first card. You will get instructions on how to get your card during your advising appointment.
Is it true that I will get an email account?
Yes, all students receive an email account and the computer lab attendants can instruct you on how to use email. For more information, visit the computer information webpage.
Can PSEO students participate in study abroad opportunities?
Not as PSEO students. Due to the way tuition and fees are charged for study abroad, PSEO cannot cover the tuition for any course requirements. However, PSEO students may participate as non-degree seeking students and study abroad as long as they are 18 at the time of the abroad experience. Students that choose this option are responsible for all tuition and fees associated with the course and travel.
When are applications due?
The application deadline for the on campus PSEO program is April 7 each year. Visit the Admission web page for more information.
How can I get a tour of the campus?
You can contact the Admissions Office at 612-625-0000 to arrange either a walking tour or a virtual tour of the Twin Cities campus. Or visit: Taking a Campus Tour.
Do I need to supply standardized test scores for admission to PSEO?
You must submit scores from the ACT, SAT, PSAT, or ACT Aspire if you have less than one year of grades from a non-home school high school.
PSEO does not cover the cost of these tests. Please contact a guidance counselor at your local high school for more information about how to register for one of these tests.
What types of online courses are offered?
There are several types of online courses: partially online, primarily online, and completely online. Partially and primarily online courses might require you to attend an on-campus session 1−2 times per week. Completely online courses do not require you to come to campus. These classes take place along the standard fall and spring semester schedules, with regular deadlines throughout the semester.
There is another format called "extended term". Extended term classes last for nine months and are largely self-paced and self-taught. PSEO students have not traditionally done well in these courses due to the lack of structure and deadlines. As a result, extended-term classes are not available for PSEO students.
How many completely online courses are offered each semester?
Typically 25−30 online courses are offered each semester at the introductory (1xxx) level open to PSEO students. The U of M online course offerings are not very robust, and there are no semester-length, online math options.
What subjects are available for completely online courses and will they meet high school requirements?
Courses open to PSEO students that typically have online sections are marked on the PSEO website’s Courses page. They will be marked as partially, primarily, or completely online. To meet a high school requirement, a course must be 4 semester credits. Most of the completely online courses are only 3 credits: therefore, many of them will not fulfill high school requirements.
How do I search for online classes?
- Review the guide to searching for classes and the video guide to reading the class schedule.
- Go to the Class Schedule. Note: Use the class schedule as a guide only. We cannot guarantee these classes will be available after being admitted to PSEO.
- Use these guidelines when searching for courses.
- If you know the specific class you want.
If you see a class you want on the PSEO Courses page and want to know if it’s offered online in a given semester, use the information above to search for the course. Find a section in the list that shows a time/location as “TBA” or “ONLINE.” That is most likely the online section.
- If you do NOT know the specific class you want.
Use the information above to access the Class Schedule. Find the “Mode of Instruction” field near the bottom of the search. You can try searching for courses classified as “Completely Online,” “Partially Online,” “Primarily Online,” or “Online and Distance Learning (ODL).”
The courses listed on the PSEO Courses page that appear in this course search will be open to you. However, it’s important to know that extended-term courses are NOT open to PSEO. Check the “Meeting Dates” in the search results. If the class meeting range is nine months long rather than the regular semester 3−4 months, you may not take it.
Note: This search process can be complicated. If you encounter issues or have questions, please contact the PSEO office at 612-626-1666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I get a copy of my student's grades?
The quickest and easiest way to obtain information about your child's grades, financial statements, or other student information is for them to find it and provide it to you. Student records are available for students at the One Stop website.
Can I have access to my student's grades if he/she is still a minor?
According to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), college students, regardless of age, are allowed to determine who will receive information about them. Under this law, parents who want to receive a copy of their student's academic or financial records can do so if their student signs a release form. The PSEO Office will not share private student data, including grades, with any third party (e.g., parents, friends, etc.) except the high school, without the student's written consent.
Grades cannot be released to anyone but the student, a designated legal agent, and the high school guidance counselor or other school office. Also, we cannot release grades to anyone over the telephone. For more information, read the University of Minnesota Board of Regents policy on Student Education Records and visit the Parent and Family Program website.
How can my student give me access to his/her grades?
Students may provide guest access to their account by following the Parent/Guest access link from the main One Stop website.
What are the admission standards to the U of M Twin Cities PSEO on campus program?
Admission to the program is highly competitive. Approximately 1,200 students apply for 500 seats annually. The minimum high school GPA required to apply to the program is 3.60 (unweighted). The average admitted student's high school GPA is around 3.93. The admission committee also assesses honors received and the number of accelerated courses being taken.
Do PSEO students have advisers?
Yes. The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) office not only acts as the admissions and registration contact for PSEO students, but also advises students. We welcome feedback from instructors about any issue related to PSEO students. Please feel free to call our office at 612-626-1666 or send an e-mail to email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Do PSEO students receive any special consideration in departments or classes?
No. For all practical purposes, PSEO students should be treated like any other University of Minnesota student. However, it is important to remember that high school students are at different developmental stages than traditional college-aged students.