PSEO frequently asked questions

Thank you for considering the PSEO program at Metropolitan State University. We look forward to assisting you!

Eligibility

Who is eligible for the PSEO program?
Students currently enrolled at a Minnesota public high school. Seniors must rank in the upper half of their class, or have a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Juniors must be in the upper third of their class, or have a 3.25 or high grade point average.

Credits

Will the courses I take as a PSEO student at Metropolitan State University count toward my high school diploma?
Yes, provided you pass the classes. It is very important that you work out a plan with your high school counselor if you wish to complete high school requirements by taking college courses.

Will I get Metropolitan State credits, too?
Yes, provided you pass the classes. How the credits you earn apply toward a college degree depends upon the specific college and program you select. It is important to realize that you will be establishing a college record at Metropolitan State, which will be on your permanent college record.

How will my high school get my grades?
Metropolitan State University will forward your transcript to your High School Counselor once grades are posted at the end of each semester. You will be able to view your grades online through eServices.

Application

What are the application deadlines?
April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. For details on the application procedure, visit our PSEO page. You only need to apply once when you would first like to be considered for the program. To continue in the program, you will not re-apply, but you must submit a new Registration Form each semester by the deadlines listed above.

Cost

What does the PSEO program cost?
There is no application fee for PSEO students, and your school district pays the cost of the tuition, which includes parking. Metropolitan State University pays the cost for textbooks. You are responsible for any other costs incurred at the university (e.g. extra supply fees). If textbooks are not returned at the end of each semester, you will be held financially responsible.

Course registration

When will I register for courses?
You will register for courses during the mandatory on-site orientation.

What do I need to do prior to orientation?
You will need to:

  • Meet with your High School Counselor and complete the associated required form (College and High School Planning Guide), which you will bring with you to orientation
  • Complete your diagnostic assessments in reading, writing and math and have those results sent to Metropolitan State. However, if you have ACT scores as follows: Math 22, Reading 21, English 18, you will be exempt from that portion of the Accuplacer testing, so please send a copy of your scores with your high school transcript. Further information is available on our Placement Assessment page.

Are there certain courses I cannot register for?
Yes. PSEO students are unable to register for:

  • Developmental courses (below 100 level)
  • Upper division courses (300 level and above)
  • Online courses
  • Independent study courses

How many credits can I take?
You may take up to 12 credits (full-time) per semester. For most students, particularly juniors, we recommend attending only part-time when first beginning the program. This will give you time to adjust to the college environment and expectations.

Can I take courses in the summer?
The Minnesota Department of Education does not fund the PSEO program during the summer.

Course changes

What if I need to change my schedule?
If you are new to the program, you will have 10 business days after the mandatory orientation in which to change your schedule online through eServices. If you are a returning PSEO student, you will have 10 business days after the registration window opens to change your schedule online through eServices. You will be notified by our office as to the date the registration window will open. Students who have registered for restricted courses listed above will automatically have their courses dropped.

What if I need to drop a course after the semester begins?
You will have until the university established deadline to drop or withdraw from a course and are responsible for doing so by the deadline (see metrostate.edu and search for academic calendars by semester). To drop a course after the semester begins, please email admissions@metrostate.edu with PSEO in the subject line prior to the deadline, and the course will be dropped on your behalf. No courses will be permitted to be dropped after the deadline.

Textbooks

How do I get my textbooks?
We will contact you by email when your books are available (typically 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the semester). You will pick up your books in person at the Metropolitan State bookstore using your University student ID card. If you drop a class, you must immediately return the textbooks to the admissions office, or you will be held financially responsible for the cost of the books. Once the semester ends, you will return your textbooks to the admissions office.

PSEO expectations

How does college coursework compare to high school coursework?
College courses are more academically challenging, and the primary responsibility for learning is yours. You should plan to spend two to three hours of study for every hour spent in class. If you also work and/or participate in after-school activities, consider whether PSEO will be a good fit. Keep in mind, you will be taking classes with students who have already completed high school.

What is expected of me as a PSEO student?
You are expected to:

  • attend all regularly scheduled classes
  • be aware that your high school academic calendar differs from Metropolitan State University’s academic calendar, which means you may have college classes on days you do not have high school classes
  • arrive to class on time, be prepared, and complete all assignments
  • keep in contact with your high school counselor and the PSEO Coordinator
  • read all materials provided to you at orientation and sent to you in the mail or via email
  • be respectful and follow all university policies, procedures, and the Student Code of Conduct

Additionally, when grades are posted, you will be automatically dropped from your next semester’s courses if you:

  • do not earn a “C” or better in each PSEO course taken
  • earn a cumulative GPA of under 2.0
  • earn an incomplete

What if I fail a course?
If you don’t pass a college class required for high school graduation, you might not be able to graduate with your high school class, and you may need to pay for the course.

Contact information

What if I have questions?
Email admissions@metrostate.edu with "PSEO" in the subject line, or call 651-793-1302.