FAQs

Wondering whether your credits will transfer to your high school or future college transcript? Interested in taking a few classes or attending full time? Concerned about the challenge?

We answer some of the most commonly asked questions below.

Will the Courses Taken at Bemidji State University Count Toward the PSEO Student’s Graduation Requirements?

Yes. It is very important that PSEO students meet regularly with their high school counselor to ensure that courses taken at BSU will meet high school graduation standards.

Tenth Grade PSEO students can only take ONE career or technical education course during their first semester. If the student 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.

Will the Courses Taken at Bemidji State University Count Toward University Credits?

Yes, provided the classes are successfully passed. A university transcript will be established just as it is for every BSU student. It is important PSEO students realize that this is a permanent record that will follow them indefinitely.

Can a PSEO Student be a Full-Time BSU Student?

Yes. It is best to visit with the high school counselor to find out exactly how many credits are needed at BSU to meet high school requirements for graduation. For most students, particularly juniors, it is recommended they start the program on a part-time basis.

Note: PSEO students are not eligible to take more than 16 credits per term.

How Does the Program Work on a Part-time Basis?

A student will take some courses at their high school and some at BSU. The PSEO Coordinator at the university will determine how many credits a student is eligible for, depending on how many clock hours the high school counselor designates on the application form. Four semester credits at BSU will be equivalent to one high school credit.

What if a University Class is Failed?

That is one of the risks a student takes in this program. If a student fails a class required for graduation, he or she might not be able to graduate with his or her high school class. In addition, there will be a permanent university transcript, which will record the failing grade. Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average each semester to continue in the program.

What if PSEO Students Decide to Withdraw From Classes for Which They Have Registered?

If a student withdraws after the withdrawal date for a complete refund, that student is responsible for the payment of tuition and books. Also, withdrawing from a class may affect meeting high school graduation requirements.

Can PSEO Students be Employed On-campus?

PSEO students are not eligible for on-campus work study or regular payroll positions.

Can PSEO Students Attend Summer Sessions?

The PSEO program is only for regular academic year classes unless the student is enrolled in a state-approved Learning Year Program.

Is Coursework More Difficult Than High School?

Generally, it is. The responsibility for learning is primarily on the student. The student should plan on spending two hours of study for every hour of class. PSEO students are taking classes with students who are older and who have completed high school.

What is Expected of the PSEO Student at Bemidji State University?

Bemidji State University is committed to the success of PSEO students. In order for this educational experience to be meaningful and productive, BSU expects that the student will:

  • Attend all regularly scheduled classes.
  • Maintain a 2.0 or above grade point average each term to remain eligible for the program. Keep in contact with the high school counselor as well as the PSEO Coordinator at BSU. Contact the BSU PSEO Coordinator if any problems should arise regarding academic progress.
  • Not take more than the approved number of credits per term. If you are unsure of the number allowed, ask your high school counselor or the PSEO Coordinator.
  • Only register for on-campus courses numbered in the 1000 and 2000 levels, with the exception of Math. PSEO students may only enroll in Math 1100 or higher.
  • PSEO students cannot take developmental courses (numbered below 1000).
  • PSEO students cannot enroll in more than 16 credits per term.
  • Your PSEO books need to be returned to the BSU PSEO Coordinator in the Admissions office. Students may be charged a used book price if their PSEO books are not returned to the BSU PSEO Coordinator at the end of the term.