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PSEO Admissions

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The Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program allows high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit to use toward the completion of high school graduation requirements.

  • PSEO Eligibility

    10th grade - Career and Technical Education (CTE) students have limited course options to choose from. Students seeking this option must pass the 8th grade MCA reading exam.

    11th grade - Students must rank in the top third (66% or higher) of their graduating class, or in the top third on a nationally standardized test (ex: ACT, SAT, etc.).

    12th grade - Students must rank in the top half (50% or higher) of their graduating class, or in the top half on a nationally standardized test (ex: ACT, SAT, etc.).

    Students in the following school districts are eligible with a 2.75 GPA or higher:

    • Anoka-Hennepin School District
    • Brooklyn Center High School
    • Buffalo High School
    • Hopkins High School
    • Osseo School District
    • Robbinsdale School District
    • Rockford High School
    • Sage Academy
    • Wayzata High School
  • PSEO Admissions Steps

    1. Submit an online PSEO application
    2. Have your high school counselor email the following documents to pseo@nhcc.edu:
      • Notice of Student Registration Form (signed by student, parent, and counselor)
      • Official transcripts (with class ranking)
      • Nationally standardized test scores (if there is no class ranking). ACT and SAT scores can also be used for Accuplacer waiver.
    3. Accuplacer placement test
      • After all documents are received and processed, students will receive an eligibility letter prompting them to take all portions of the Accuplacer placement test (before the deadline).
      • Students can be waived from portions of the test with qualifying ACT, SAT, or MCA scores. Students using MCAs, wanting to take a writing/English composition course, must take the reading portion of the Accuplacer.

    In order to allow enough time for document processing and placement testing, please apply at least one month prior to the deadline.

  • Acceptance into PSEO

    Students must place at college level reading for acceptance into PSEO; college level writing to take a writing/English composition course, and college level math if they want to take a math, chemistry or physics course.

    Once a student places into college level reading, they will schedule their registration session to register for courses. An online orientation video must be viewed in advance of the registration session (the link will be sent in the registration confirmation email). Students should also meet with their high school counselor prior to their registration session to go over course selection.

    Please review the PSEO Agreement of Understanding.

  • Summer Courses at NHCC

    There is no PSEO enrollment during summer session. If a student wishes to take courses during summer semester and pay out-of-pocket, they will need to complete a general admission application, pay the $20 application fee, and complete the HS Non-PSEO Form and email it to cbartelle@nhcc.edu.

  • PSEO Funding Restrictions

    • Funding does not cover courses which have additional fees. Please review the list of ineligible courses.
    • Funding does not cover the registration or cost of developmental courses (courses numbered below 1000).
    • PSEO students are unable to enroll in both college-level and developmental coursework at the same time.
    • PSEO students are responsible for tuition, fees, and supplies at an institution(s) to which they are not formally admitted.

Contact Information

Admissions and Outreach Office
Educational Services Building

  • Information Sessions

    Mondays: 10:00am
    Tuesdays: 5:30pm
    Fridays: 10:00am
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