What is the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program?
The Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program enables public school students to enroll in courses at eligible postsecondary institutions in Minnesota, including Concordia, at no cost to the student or family. PSEO encourages rigorous educational pursuits and provides a wider variety of course options to high school students.
Who can apply?
Any 12th-grade student who is a Minnesota resident and attends a Minnesota school outside a 15-mile radius may apply for full-time admission. Concordia College welcomes strong applicants interested in pursuing a new and challenging experience during their senior year in high school.
How do I apply for PSEO at Concordia?
You and your parents should first discuss this option with your high school guidance counselor and then fill out an application for admission. Include two references (one from your guidance counselor and one from a non-related academic contact) and a copy of your most current high school transcript. An ACT or SAT score is not required for PSEO admission but will be needed for traditional enrollment. You must meet all admission standards to be accepted.
When should I apply?
You may apply anytime during your junior year in high school. Admission decisions are made after first-semester junior year grades are received. Acceptance into the PSEO program at Concordia is competitive. Your acceptance will be based on your academic progress, references and available space.
Where would I live?
Full-time PSEO students are required to live in our residence halls. National research shows students who live on campus achieve greater academic success. The college feels strongly about providing this positive academic environment for incoming students, including those participating in the PSEO program. Once you are accepted to Concordia, sending a $300 deposit reserves your place in a residence hall and the incoming class.
Will I receive financial aid?
The cost of tuition and fees at Concordia is paid in part by the state of Minnesota. The remainder of tuition and the cost of your books are covered by the college. You and your family are responsible for room, board, and the cost of optional opportunities such as music lessons or international travel. You are not eligible for other forms of state or federal assistance until you have graduated from high school. Many PSEO families utilize the monthly payment option to cover the cost of room and board.
We are glad the majority of full-time PSEO students decide to remain at Concordia to complete their college career. Students are eligible for traditional academic scholarships and financial aid after graduation from high school.
What classes can I take?
Prior to registration, you will complete a High School Graduation Requirement form with your high school guidance counselor. You will then work with Concordia’s Registrar's Office and/or your faculty advisor to ensure you are registered for all courses required by your high school. As a full-time PSEO student, you can register for 12 to 17 credits (or 3-4 classes) per semester. Due to state guidelines, PSEO students are unable to take religion classes, health activity classes, or those courses that have additional fees (e.g., scuba diving or ceramics). The vast majority of Concordia courses do not require an additional fee and are open to PSEO students. PSEO students are limited to 100- or 200-level courses.
PSEO students are not guaranteed enrollment into courses needed to fulfill their high school graduation requirements. Work closely with your guidance counselor to ensure your graduation requirements are met.
When do I register for classes?
You will join the incoming first-year students at Summer Orientation in June to register for your classes, meet other new students, and learn more about the resources available to help you succeed at Concordia.