Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program or “PSEO.” The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program is the program established by Minnesota Statutes section 124D.09 to "promote rigorous educational pursuits and provide a wider variety of options for students." Through PSEO, high school students may earn both secondary and postsecondary credit for college or university courses completed on a college or university campus, at a high school, or at another location.
Concurrent Enrollment Program or "CEP or CIS". In Minnesota, concurrent enrollment courses are college courses offered at the high school, usually taught by a trained high school teacher. These are offered in partnership with a college or university. Students who successfully complete these courses generate both high school and transcripted college credit from the partnering postsecondary institution. Many people refer to these courses as Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) or College in the High School (CIS).There is no cost to the student to participate in these courses.
Minnesota’s concurrent enrollment programs offer thousands of Minnesota students access to rigorous college courses in their high school buildings. Research shows that high school students who participate in an accelerated learning option, such as concurrent enrollment, benefit greatly from:
- Exposure to high expectations.
- Participation in challenging courses.
- The momentum gained by earning college credits while still in high school.
PSEO and CEP Eligibility Criteria
Student must be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing at a public, nonpublic, home school, or American Indian-controlled tribal school.
- Sophomores may enroll in one Career or Technical Education (CTE) course at a Minnesota State college or university if they have attained a passing score or met the 8th grade standard on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in reading and meet other course prerequisites or course enrollment standards established by the college. These standards include but are not limited to assessment test scores, program admission or other requirements.
- Juniors must be ranked in the top-third of their class, or have a 3.0 end-of-year cumulative GPA, or score at or above the 70th percentile on a test, such as the ACT or SAT. Students must test into college courses numbered 1000 or above on placement tests in reading, English, and math (if you are taking your math course at RRCC).
- Seniors must be ranked in the top-half of their class, or have a 2.5 end-of-year cumulative GPA, or score at or above the 50th percentile on the ACT or SAT. Students must test into college courses numbered 1000 or above on placement tests in reading, English, and math (if you are taking your math course at RRCC).