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Post-Secondary Enrollment Options

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.

If you are interested in PSEO, talk to your high school guidance counselor or go to the Minnesota State PSEO Information webpage. Local school districts need to be notified by May 1st for fall semester starts. See below for ICC's PSEO application deadline dates for fall and spring semesters.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be a high school junior, senior, or sophomore (special restrictions apply- see below) at a public school, nonpublic school or home school.

  • You cannot be classified as a full-time student at your high school.
  • Seniors must have a minimum cumulative end of the year GPA of 3.00. Juniors must have a minimum cumulative end of the year GPA of 3.20. This is for all high school work (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12) completed prior to enrolling at Itasca. Sophomores must pass the 8th grade MCA reading test and meet the prerequisites of the course(s) for which you want to register. (See list of eligible technical courses for 10th grade students.)
  • Students must test into college classes numbered 1000 or above on placement test in reading, English and math (if you are taking your math course at ICC). While under the PSEO program, students may not enroll in classes below 1000, non-PSEO and summer courses.

PSEO Student Deadlines

All required forms must be submitted and the placement test completed by the dates listed below.

Fall Semester 2018 Final Deadline: June 1, 2018*

*Test & Paperwork Deadlines are earlier for earlier registration sessions (see schedule below).

Spring Semester 2019 Deadline: December 1, 2018


Application Forms

Students must have completed and submitted the following to the ICC Student Services Office by 4:00pm on the deadline dates listed (Fall 2018 deadlines vary by registration date- see schedule below) in order to register for classes as a PSEO student:

  1. ICC Application (online)
  2. Notice of Student Registration Form
  3. Verification Form
  4. Immunization Form (homeschool students only) - Available on Student Forms page in Admissions section.
  5. Accuplacer assessment test and any retest results (students are able to retest once), or provide qualifying ACT scores (English 18, Reading 21 and Math 22) or MCA scores (1158 11th Grade Math, MCA Reading not currently accepted)

Admission Procedure Checklist

  1. Complete and submit Itasca's Online Application, Verification form, and Notice of Student Registration form (along with your high school transcript) to the Student Services Office in 107 Backes Hall or to ICC Student Services, 1851 East Highway 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.
    Home school students must also complete and submit the Immunization Form (available on the Student Forms page under Admissions).
    Must be completed and submitted by deadlines listed- see schedule below.

  2. Schedule a date to take the required assessment test by the deadline date listed below  Assessment results will determine your course placement. If an overall need for development coursework is indicated, enrollment in college level courses will be denied. Students may retest only once during the academic year.

    : You do not need to take the Accuplacer placement test if you qualify for one of the following exemptions:
      1. You are transferring in English and math credits from another college. 
      2. You took the ACT and meet the following score requirements: If you scored 21+ in reading or 18+ in English, you are exempt from the reading placement test. If you scored 22+ in math, you are exempt from the math placement test. Students must submit a copy of their ACT scores to the college.
      3. You took the MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) tests in high school and meet the following score requirements: If you scored 1158+ on the 11th grade math test, you are exempt from the math placement test. (the MCA reading test is not currently being accepted.) Students are responsible for acquiring and submitting copies of their MCA scores to Itasca.
      4. You took the SAT and meet the following requirements: If you scored 480+ in reading, you are exempt from the reading placement test. If you scored 530+ in math, you are exempt from the math placement test. Students must submit a copy of their SAT scores to the college.

    Must be completed and submitted by Test & Paperwork deadlines listed below.

  3. Schedule and attend a PSEO Registration Session (if you did not already sign-up for one when you scheduled your assessment test). PSEO students must attend a registration session. The PSEO registration session for Spring 2018 is offered December 8th.  Fall 2018 registration sessions are offered April 10, May 17 and June 7. 


Registration Date Registration Time Location Test & Paperwork
Tuesday, April 10 4:00pm Backes Hall 15 Tuesday, April 3
Thursday, May 17 1:00pm or 4:00pm Backes Hall 15 Tuesday, May 1
Thursday, June 7 9:00am or 1:00pm Backes Hall 15 Friday, June 1
Thursday, June 21 9:00am Backes Hall 15 Friday, June 1


Questions: Questions about PSEO eligibility or the application process should be directed to Becky Niemi, ICC Counselor at 218-322-2321.


Criteria for Continuing as a PSEO Student

  • To continue at Itasca as a PSEO student, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00. Students will be required to complete an ICC Academic Verification form and turn it into their ICC counselor prior to registering for the next semester.  If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.00, you will automatically be suspended from Itasca Community College.  An appeals process is in place for all students.

Restricted Classes

The following classes are not open to Post-Secondary Option Students unless they are willing to pay the tuition, fees and equipment costs associated with the class.

All Summer Courses
All Independent Study Courses
Engl 0091 Fundamentals of Written English
Fort 1398 Wildland Firefighting
Genl 1140 Leadership Enhancement
Hum 1208 International Travel Experience
MasC 1301 Intro to Digital Photography
Math 0091 Pre-Algebra
Math 0092 Elementary Algebra
Math 0093 Intermediate Algebra
Math 0094 Functions I
Math 0199 STEM Math
Musc 1191 Applied Music I
Musc 1192 Applied Music II
Musc 2191 Applied Music III
Musc 2192 Applied Music IV
NSci 1199 BWCA Trip
PE 1101 Cross Country Skiing
PE 1102 Downhill Skiing
PE 1105 Bowling and Curling
PE 1121 Golf
PE 1130 Outdoor Adventure
PE 1131 Camping Skills
PE 1132 Hunting
PE 1211 Care and Prevention
PE Varsity and Competitive Sports
PRNU Nursing ATI
Coop Ed All Courses

2199 Courses from all subject areas may be designated as non-PSEO by term. Please consult with the Student Services Office prior to registration.

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.

Technical Courses Available to 10th Grade Students

High school students enrolled under the Postsecondary Enrollment Options program at another Minnesota State college or university must complete  the application and admissions process for PSEO students at ICC. Failure to complete the PSEO application process prior to registering for classes will obligate you for all unpaid balances relating to the courses for which you register.  Contact the Admissions Office at this school for more information.