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Admissions - Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
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. PSEO courses may also fulfill high school course requirements and count toward a high school diploma.
Technical Course Options
Students who are interested in 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.
AP and IB Options
Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are offered at many high schools and provide a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to take college level courses. Students who pass an Advanced Placement test or the International Baccalaureate examination with acceptable scores will be awarded college credit at any MnSCU college or university.
The PSEO program allows high school students to take college courses on a college or university campus or online taught by college or university faculty members. To be eligible to take PSEO courses, 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 test such as the ACT or SAT. Seniors must be in the upper half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on a test such as the ACT or SAT. The college or university will make final determination on a student's readiness based on college placement tests.
Many high schools offer PSEO courses through concurrent enrollment, allowing students to take college courses taught by highly qualified high school teachers without having to leave the high school. Under certain circumstances, students in 9th or 10th grade may also be allowed to take concurrent enrollment courses.
If you are interested in PSEO, talk to your high school guidance counselor and college/ university admissions staff or go to www.mnscu.edu/pseo.
What PSEO Forms Must I complete?
- Hibbing Community College Application (You do NOT need to pay the Application fee)
- Authorization for Release of Information
- Department of Education Notice of Student Registration (this form must completed each semester)
- Forward an official copy of your High School transcript.
- If you have previously attended another college or university you will be required to submit official college transcripts from that institution.
- Submit all of these required documents to the HCC Admissions Office.
What are the Important Deadlines?
Applications for Fall Semester must be received by April 15.
Applications for Spring Semester must be received by December 1.