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Get a head start on college

Bemidji State University offers high school seniors, junior, and sophomores (special restrictions, see eligibility) access to college level courses through the Post Secondary Education Opportunities (PSEO) program.

Students who rank in the upper 25% of their graduating class are eligible to enroll in 1000 and 2000 level courses to meet their high school graduation requirement. The PSEO program will cover the cost of tuition, fees and books whether you are part-time or full-time.  Students enrolled in the PSEO program are only allowed to take on-campus courses (no online courses or courses with additional fees that exceed a total of $100).

Click here to download the PSEO Notice of Student Registration

You must also submit the Bemidji State University Application for PSEO. Please click here to download the BSU application for PSEO.  

For information regarding Concurrent Enrollment; an opportunity to earn BSU college credit at your high school, click here.
Common PSEO questions

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What is the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) Program all about?

The PSEO program was implemented by the Minnesota Legislature to give students an opportunity to enhance or enrich the education that they are presently receiving at their local high school, alternative area learning center, charter school, or home school. The advantage of the program is that students who are capable of working at the post-secondary level have the opportunity to complete post-secondary credits while completing high school graduation requirements.

Who is eligible for the program?

Students who are currently enrolled as seniors, juniors, or sophomores (see below) at Minnesota public or private high schools who rank in the upper 25th percentile of their graduation class. For juniors or seniors from ALCs, home schools or charter schools, the following requirements must be met for admission eligibility:

For students with less than one academic year of attendance at an ALC, home school, or charter school, eligibility for admission will be based on the high school rank of the most recent high school attended. The student's high school rank must be in the top 25th percentile.

For students with at least one academic year of attendance at an ALC, home school, or charter school, eligibility for admission will be based on the composite score on either the ACT or the SAT test. A minimum composite score of 24 on the ACT and 1110 on the SAT (both scores are equivalent to each test's top 25th percentile) will be required. For juniors applying to the program, Bemidji State will accept a minimum score of 168 on the PSAT and a minimum composite score of 21 on the PLAN if the ACT or SAT has not yet been taken. For admission eligibility, the only nationally standardized tests that are recognized are the ACT, SAT, PLAN, and PSAT.

High school sophomores are eligible for PSEO if they meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be attending a Minnesota public high school
  • Must have passed the 8th Grade Reading Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) with a “Meets the Standards” indicator

Note: Students participating in cultural exchange programs are not eligible for the PSEO program.

Does it cost the student anything to participate in the program?

Each student's school district pays for the cost of tuition and textbooks. For students from charter and home schools, the Department of Children, Learning and Families pays the university for tuition and textbooks. The student is responsible for any other costs incurred at the university (parking permits, library fees, computer fees, room and board, transportation, and supply/classroom fees not covered in tuition costs). The cost of instruction fees for private music lessons are the responsibility of the student.

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.

10th 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 starting 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 class is not passed which is required for high school graduation, the student 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 1170 or higher.

PSEO students cannot take developmental courses (numbered below 1000).

PSEO students cannot enroll in more than 16 credits per term.

How does the process get started?

This is a serious decision and should be made carefully. Here are some steps to consider:

Determine your eligibility for admission by consulting with your high school counselor.

Talk with your parents about the program.

Arrange a conference with your high school counselor to start the application process.

Complete the Minnesota Department of Education PSEO Notice of Student Registration form. You can download one from the top of this page, or obtaine one from your high school counselor. In addition, you should submit the BSU application for PSEO and have your high school send an official copy of your transcript with your high school rank (or ACT score if rank is not available).

A new completed PSEO Notice of Student Registration is needed for each term.

Please note that rank will always be used for eligibility purposes when it is available.

Eligibility will not be determined on an either/or basis. Review question and answer on "Who is eligible for the program?"

Once your application is received, along with your official transcripts, admittance to the program will be determined by the PSEO Coordinator. A letter will be sent to you regarding your admission status.

If you are accepted into the program, you will be notified of an orientation program to assist you in registering for classes. Placement examinations will be given in math to determine what level of math course you are eligible to take.



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