The purpose and goal of the PSEO program

The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEOA) allows eligible juniors and seniors in Minnesota schools to register for postsecondary course work with tuition, books, and some fees paid by the Minnesota Department of Education. The Minnesota Legislature created Post-Secondary Enrollment Options programs in 1985 to promote rigorous course taking and improve student transitions to postsecondary education. Students who have completed the 11th grade are eligible for two semesters of PSEO. Students who have completed the12th grade are not eligible for this program.

The priority of the UMD PSEO program

The priority of the UMD PSEO program is to place students in UMD Liberal Education courses that fill both UMD Liberal Education and Minnesota high school graduation requirements. PSEO students who intend to pursue a degree or program at UMD should investigate degree course plans and requirements websites and discuss these plans with the PSEO counselor. The priority, however will always be to fill high school requirements before considering degree requirements.

Availability of UMD courses

Because PSEO students register for classes after all other UMD students have registered, we can't guarantee a seat will be available in any course. UMD science and math courses fill quickly and seating is limited for PSEO students.

Transferring UMD PSEO credits to other schools and universities

Since every college and university has its own majors, programs, and requirements, we are not able to guarantee how UMD credits will transfer to satisfy another university's program requirements. Some schools do not accept PSEO credits. Please contact the college or university you plan to attend for specific information about how UMD credits will transfer to their school. Students should be actively investigating programs and majors by visiting pertinent college or university websites for information.

UMD does not offer an online PSEO program

UMD does not offer many online courses that fill high school graduation requirements, therefore, PSEO students are limited to registration in one online course per term with permission from the PSEO adviser.

Eligibility Requirements for Admission:

  • Juniors are required to have a cumulative 3.5 GPA to be eligible for the program.
  • Seniors are required to have a cumulative 3.0 GPA to be eligible for the program.
  • Applicants must be Juniors or Seniors in Minnesota Schools to participate in the PSEO program.
  • All applicants are required to consult with their high school counselor about the suitability of this program before making application.
  • Home schooled students are admitted on probation.
  • Students who have completed the 12th grade are not eligible.
  • Foreign exchange students are not eligible.
  • PSEO students are not allowed to live in on-campus housing.

To Continue in the Program:

  • Students must maintain at least a 2.5 university GPA to continue in the program.
  • Students who receive a mid-term alert must make an appointment with the PSEO adviser.
  • Students making less than a C in their coursework for a class should make an appointment with their instructor and visit the UMD Tutoring Center for assistance.
  • PSEO students with 2 or more Incompletes in a semester will not be allowed to register for the next term until those courses are completed.
  • PSEO students are subject to the UMD Drop/Add schedule.
  • Drops after the 8th week of the term require that a petition be submitted to the UMD Registrar's office.

Application Process:


  • Deadline for Fall Term: June 1st (Acceptance letters go out June 8th).
  • Deadline for Spring Term: December 1st (Acceptance letters go out Dec 8th).
  • All application materials must be submitted by these deadlines to be eligible, no exceptions.
  • Materials may be mailed, faxed, emailed, or brought to the PSEO office in Room 42 of the Solon Campus Center.
  • Fall term: Students are generally notified of acceptance in June and will register for classes in mid August.
  • Spring term: Students are generally notified of acceptance in December and will register in early January.

Application forms:

All applicants are required to submit transcripts from every high school, college, or university attended.

PSEO Application form (submitted by first time applicants only).

Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program Notice of Student Registration

Balance Sheet-High School Graduation Requirements

Once admitted, visit the Newly Admitted PSEO Students web page for information. Some FAQs are listed below:

  • What courses should I take to fill my high school requirements?
    PSEO students take Liberal Education Core courses.
  • When can I register for classes?
    PSEO students meet with the PSEO adviser and will enroll after all other UMD students.
  • How many credits can I take?
    PSEO students usually take between 1 - 15 credits.
  • Can I use the fitness center facilities?
    PSEO students may purchase a facilities pass from Rec Sports.
  • Where will I park?
  • When do I get my UMD ID card (U Card)

Returning PSEO students :

  • You must schedule an appointment with a PSEO adviser before you can register for classes.
  • You must submit your State form and Balance sheet (links above) prior to or during your advisement appointment.
  • We are not able to guarantee that there will be open seats in any course.

    Mailing Address:
    PSEO Program
    42 Solon Campus Center
    1117 University Drive
    Duluth, MN 55812-3000
    Fax: 218-726-7249