Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Application process for High School Students & PSEO Students:

What is PSEO?

The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program is a state program for high school and home school juniors and seniors, which offers the opportunity to enroll in and attend college-level courses and apply earned credits towards high school graduation requirements and a college degree. Sophomores are now eligible to participate as well, but they must have successfully completed the 8th grade MCAs. State funding covers the cost of tuition and required books for eligible courses. Technical or career programs may require you to pay for tools, clothing, consumable or personal supplies.

Plan Early!

Your decision to participate is an important one, and should be made only after consulting with your parents and your high school counselor to determine if you are eligible and if this program would be of benefit to you. If you are planning to attend for the Fall semester you should apply in the Spring of the prior year. If you wish to start in the Spring semester you should apply in the Fall of that year. Semester dates can be viewed on our Academic Calendar.

PSEO Academic Eligibility Requirements

Riverland Community College follows the PSEO admission guidelines set forth by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). Students are admitted based on the following criteria:

  • High School Juniors: Must be in the upper one-third of class or test score at or above 70th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-reference test such as the ACT, PSAT, or SAT.
  • High School Seniors: Must be in the upper one-half of class or test score at or above 50th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such as the ACT, PSAT, or SAT.
  • Other considerations for admission would include:
    Have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.50 or higher and meets any or all of the course prerequisites, Accuplacer cut scores, or other course enrollment standards established by the college.


    2. Students who do not meet the class rank or ACT, SAT, PSAT requirements have an option to submit a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor that specifically outlines their readiness for college level coursework and student must meet any or all of the course prerequisites, Accuplacer cut scores, or other course enrollment standards established by the college. Recommendations will be reviewed by a college counselor, Academic Dean, and the Director of Admissions and New Student Relations.


    3. Juniors and Seniors can take one career and technical education course as a PSEO/Concurrent Enrollment student regardless of class rank or GPA if they meet academic readiness standards, are a public school student, have a test score that meets or exceeds the standards on the 8th grade MCA reading test and meets all of the course prerequisites, Accuplacer cut scores, or other course enrollment standards established by the college. Each subsequent semester if they were successful in the career and technical course, students can take additional career and technical courses or general education courses regardless of their class rank or GPA as long as they meet any all of the course prerequisites, Accuplacer cut scores, or other course enrollment standards established by the college.

Career technical students are admitted based on the following criteria:

  • Must pass 8th grade MN Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Reading at the composite proficiency level of "meets or exceeds" or MCA score of 850.
  • If the public school student did not take the MCA in the 8th grade, the student must achieve an accuplacer reading score that meets the reading score required for the career technical course they are enrolling in.
  • Additionally, the student must meet any of the other course prerequisites or course enrollment standards established by the college, including but not limited to assessment test scores, program admission or other requirements of the Career Technical Course they wish to enroll in.
  • Sophomores are allowed to take one career technical education course during the first semester of enrollment. If the student receives a grade of a C or better in the course, the student shall be allowed to take additional career technical courses in subsequent terms.
  • At this time, the career technical pathway is for public school students only.

How to become a PSEO student:

  1. Select "Applying for PSEO" and fill out appropriate PSEO packet
  2. Submit a high school or home school transcript with your packet

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Spring Semester
August 1 December 1

Submit paperwork to:
Riverland Community College
Attn: PSEO Coordinator
1900 8th Ave NW
Austin, MN 55912


ONCE you are accepted as a PSEO student:

  1. Register for and complete the required college readiness assessment, Accuplacer
    1. Accuplacer testing is required before registering
    2. Students may substitute an ACT score of 21 or higher in Reading for English 1101, a score of 16 or higher in Reading to enroll in all other Liberal Arts courses and a score of 22 or higher in Math for college level Math courses.
  2. Register for and attend PSEO On-Campus Orientation
    1. First time PSEO students are required before registering
    2. Bring accuplacer scores or ACT exam scores on the day of your orientation
  3. Pick up Books
    1. Only PSEO students or a parent/guardian are eligible to pick up books in the bookstore
    2. The student or a parent/guardian will need to present a PSEO stamped class schedule at the time of pick up
    3. PSEO books are available one week before classes start

*Restricted Courses: PSEO students are not eligible to take any Developmental Courses (Courses numbered lower than 1000)

Special High School Admission

High school students who are not enrolled at Riverland Community College through the PSEO program may be admitted to enroll in courses outside of the PSEO program for any term, including summer session. Students are responsible for payment of tuition, fees and books.

Interested students must complete:

  • Riverland's application
  • Pay the $20 application fee
  • Submit high school transcript and placement test results (Accuplacer or ACT)
  • Written permission to enroll from a parent or guardian

Student must score at college level for reading to register for courses. Accuplacer reading score of 63 or ACT reading score of 16.


PSEO students may be eligible for assistance with transportation costs. To be eligible, a student's family must be under the federal poverty income guidelines. Students who qualify will work with their district on the reimbursement process. More information can be found at the Minnesota Department of Education's web site.


Kathy Kirkpatrick

Disability Services
Sharon Stiehm
Director of Disability Services
Disability Services