Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program

Students can get a jump start on earning college credits by taking college courses while they are in still in high school through Minnesota’s PSEO program. This program allows students to take college courses tuition free, saving both time and money on completing a college degree. The fee and required textbooks are also provided free of cost to the student. PSEO courses may also fulfill high school course requirements and count toward a high school diploma. The program provides students with a greater variety of class offerings and the opportunity to pursue more challenging coursework.

The PSEO program allows high school juniors and seniors to take courses full or part-time at a liberal arts community or technical college, a university, non-profit degree granting trade school, or an accredited opportunities industrialization center in Minnesota for high school credit.

Any public, nonpublic, home school or American Indian-controlled tribal contract or grant student classified as a 10th, 11th or 12th grader and accepted by a postsecondary institution may enroll either full or part-time in nonsectarian courses or programs at an eligible postsecondary institution. Students participating in cultural exchange programs are not eligible.

Important PSEO Application/Registration Deadline Dates

For Fall Semester:

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Registration Deadline: Monday, August 1, 2022

For Spring Semester:

Application Deadline: Thursday, December 1, 2022

Registration Deadline: Thursday, December 15, 2022

Career and Technical Course Options

Students who are interested in career and technical courses may take one technical college level course taught on a college campus 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 technical courses as long as he or she meets the assessment requirement for those courses.

PSEO – New Student Admissions Checklist

PSEO Eligibility Requirements

Juniors must have a 3.00 GPA.

Seniors must have 2.50 GPA and meet the following criteria for Reading/Writing (English Composition) - High School cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher or High School cumulative GPA of 2.5 and Accuplacer Reading =>236 or ACT English =>16 or ACT Reading =>19 or SAT Writing =>440 or MCA 10th grade Reading =>1047 (does not include English Composition)

Juniors and Seniors must meet the following criteria for Mathematics (College Algebra) - High School cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher and completion of High School Algebra II or its equivalents with a grade of “C-“ or above or High School cumulative GPA of 2.7 and ACT Math =>20 or SAT Math =>520 or MCA 10th grade Math =>1152

PSEO – Returning Student Information

If you are currently attending Mesabi Range College as a PSEO student and plan to continue as a PSEO student the next semester, you must make an appointment with your PSEO advisor. In order to register, you must bring the completed and signed required forms.

More information and the required forms regarding registration will be emailed to your Mesabi Range College student email before registration begins. They will not be physically mailed.

For more information contact Chris Vito at or 218-749-7754 (Virginia) & 218-748-2431 (Eveleth) or visit the Minnesota Department of Education Post-Secondary Enrollment Options website.