Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)


The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is the program established by the State of Minnesota to "promote rigorous educational pursuits and provide a wider variety of options for students." Through PSEO high school students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade in which students may earn both high school and college secondary and postsecondary credit through Ridgewater while still being enrolled in high school. Ridgewater College is pleased to be able to offer PSEO options to high school students.

Benefits of Enrolling
  • Get a JUMP START on your college degree
  • SAVE THOUSANDS of dollars - There is no cost to you for tuition or required books.
  • Enhance your earning power by getting your college DEGREE SOONER
  • CHALLENGE YOURSELF with college-level curriculum

Two Options under the Ridgewater PSEO Umbrella
Post Secondary Enrollment Options

Eligible high school students are able to take college courses, tuition-free, at one of Ridgewater College’s campuses, or online. Doing so allows them to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously.  Students have the flexibility to take all, or just a few, courses through the college.  

Concurrent Enrollment

Partnering with area high schools, Ridgewater College offers some college courses to qualified high school students within their high school setting during regular school hours. All Concurrent Enrollment courses are taught by qualified high school instructors who partner with faculty from Ridgewater.  Students who successfully complete a Concurrent Enrollment course receive both high school and college credits simultaneously.

Recommended Application Deadlines

May 1st for Fall Semester
December 1st for Spring Semester
High Schools may have their own application deadlines for students wanting PSEO classes. Check with your High School Counseling or Guidance Office.

For more information or questions, please contact:

Willmar Campus 

Jehana Schwandt
Academic Advisor/Admissions Representative 

Hutchinson Campus 

Nellie Schmalz
Academic Advisor/Admissions Representative 

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