Post-secondary Enrollment Option

Post-secondary enrollment option: College credits while still in high school.

SCTCC is proud to welcome more than 200 high-school students each year to our campus through the post-secondary enrollment option (PSEO).

Through PSEO, students enrolled as juniors or seniors in Minnesota public or private high schools and home schools are offered the opportunity to enroll in college courses. Students must meet the admission requirements of the post-secondary institution.

Career and Technical Course Options

Students who are interested in career and technical courses may take one career and technical college level course taught by a college faculty member on a college campus, at their high school or online as early as grade 10. To be eligible to do so, they must be enrolled in a public school, have a minimum of a “proficient” score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for reading and meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course that must be met by all students. If a student successfully completes the technical course with a C or higher, the student can take additional career and technical courses as long as he or she meets the assessment requirement for those courses. Students who first enter PSEO programming through career and technical education can also begin to take PSEO general education courses in grades 11 and 12 by meeting the assessment prerequisites for the general education course they wish to enroll in, regardless of class rank or percentile on a nationally normed exam.

General Education Course Options

The PSEO program also allows high school students to take college courses on a college or university campus, at their high school or online taught by college or university faculty members. To be eligible to take PSEO courses at a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, high school juniors must be in the upper one-third of their class or earn a score at or above the 70th percentile on a national  test such as the ACT,SAT, PSAT or PLAN. Seniors must be in the upper half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on a national test such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT or PLAN. Eligible students will also need to meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course that must be met by all students taking the course.

Please note: The Minnesota Department of Education will only cover PSEO expenses billed by the institution(s) to which PSEO students have been admitted. PSEO students will be responsible for any tuition, fees, and supplies at any institution(s) to which they are not admitted. At SCTCC, students must have been admitted into our program and participated in all required orientation activities.

Want more information? Sign up for an information session on PSEO at SCTCC here.

What to do first:

  1. Talk with your high school counselor or home school coordinator about your career goals and discuss how PSEO and St. Cloud Technical & Community College can work for you.
  2. Submit a completed PSEO Application, high school transcripts, PSEO NOSR form, and SCTCC Graduation Plan.(Student must use these forms, the standard SCTCC Online Application form is NOT accepted for PSEO students.)
  3. Schedule the Accuplacer test when you receive notice to do so. Testing and retesting must be done by semester deadlines to be considered for PSEO.
  4. Contact the SCTCC PSEO Coordinator to schedule an appointment after Accuplacer testing is complete and all forms have been submitted. You must meet with the PSEO coordinator to be accepted.
Want to take PSEO classes at SCTCC?

To attend SCTCC through PSEO, complete the application requirement by these deadlines:

Fall Start: June 1st deadline

Spring Start: Nov. 1st deadline

PSEO Forms

The Importance of the ACCUPLACER

The ACCUPLACER is a VERY important test to determine placement in the PSEO program. You must score at the college level in reading and math to be admitted to St. Cloud Technical & Community College.

The test will measure your skills in reading comprehension, arithmetic, and algebra. Practice before you test. For sample questions and practice links, see this list of Accuplacer practice tests links from Google

You must pass the test in reading comprehension and arithmetic and may retest only once. (There is a $10 charge for retesting.)

If you need accommodations for testing due to a disability, please provide documentation of your disability in advance and state your request when scheduling a testing appointment.

If the required scores are not achieved, college readiness courses must be taken to prepare for college level work. The PSEO program does not cover tuition for college readiness courses. Students would need to pay tuition and book costs of those courses.

PSEO Video
PSEO Basics

Some important information PSEO students should know!

PSEO Advisor
Molly McAlister