Inver Hills Community College offers high school students the opportunity to earn high school and college credits simultaneously
College for High School Students

Inver Hills offers programs that allow you to earn college credits for free while you are still in high school. As a qualifying high school student, you will be able to seamlessly transfer the credits you earn to nearly any college or university in Minnesota, as well as many others nationwide.

Postsecondary Enrollment

PSEO Information Sessions

Program Information

The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program allows high school 10th, 11th and 12th grade students to earn credits that can meet high school graduation requirements while simultaneously earning transferable college credits. Dual credit courses offer high school students the opportunity to enroll in rigorous courses that further prepare them for postsecondary education. Inver Hills allows PSEO students to take courses that are held on our beautiful Inver Grove Heights campus or online either full time or part time. PSEO offers students a wide variety of class offerings as well as the opportunity to pursue more challenging coursework than may be available at the high school.

The PSEO program covers the cost of tuition, fees, and required textbooks and materials for college level courses taken for high school credit. Students who continue their education beyond high school can transfer their PSEO coursework as college credits, saving both time and money to complete a college degree.

PSEO students are responsible for providing their own transportation to campus. Parking is available on campus and you do not need a special permit. Inver Hills is on the Metro Transit bus route and offers the College Pass discount. Reimbursement for transportation expenses may be available through the school district if the family’s income level is at or below the federal poverty guidelines.

PSEO Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: June 1st — PRIORITY deadline (allows earliest orientation and class registration)
July 1st — Final Deadline
Spring Semester: December 1st

PSEO Application Steps

All PSEO applicants must submit their completed application forms AND complete the Accuplacer assessment test (or submit a copy of your ACT Test or SAT Test report) by the application deadline to be considered for admission.

  1. Complete and submit the PSEO Application form.
  2. Submit your official high school or home school transcript.
  3. Complete and submit sections 1 and 2 of the the Notice of Student Registration Form.
  4. Complete and submit the PSEO Book Contract Form.
  5. Come to our campus and take the Accuplacer Assessment OR submit a copy of your ACT Test or SAT Test report.
  6. Receive admission decision by mail after all application materials have been received and reviewed.
  7. Attend the required PSEO Orientation to meet with an Academic Advisor and register for your classes.

PSEO Orientation Information

All new PSEO students are required to attend an orientation before they will be allowed to register for classes, and parents are invited to attend with their son or daughter. You will receive instructions to register for your PSEO orientation along with your acceptance letter. When you come to your orientation, you will learn about important college policies, become acquainted with our campus and available services for students, meet with an Academic Advisor, develop your class schedule, set up your online accounts, and register for your classes. Our PSEO Orientations are held after the application deadline each semester.

Admission Guidelines

General Education AND Career and Technical Education Courses

12th Grade Students

  • Rank in the upper one-half of their class OR a score at or above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Evidence of college readiness by placement into college level English and/or math as indicated by the ACCUPLACER assessment OR with qualifying scores for the individual subjects on the ACT test or SAT Test

11th Grade Students:

  • Rank in the upper one-third of their class OR a score at or above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Evidence of college readiness by placement into college level English and/or math as indicated by the ACCUPLACER assessment OR with qualifying scores for the individual subjects on the ACT test or SAT test.

Career and Technical Education Courses ONLY

A student that is admitted to our PSEO Program with the restriction of taking only Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses may enroll in one CTE course during their first semester. If the student receives a grade of "C" or better in the course, the student will be allowed to take additional CTE courses in subsequent terms.

11th and 12th Grade Students that do not meet the Admission Guidelines shown above may be eligible to take Career and Technical Education courses. Please complete all of the application steps shown above if you are interested in this course option.

10th Grade Students

  • Must attend a Minnesota public high school
  • Must have taken the 8th grade MCA reading test in the 8th grade, and met the proficiency level that meets or exceeds the standards. Please provide this with your application.
  • Must complete all of the application steps shown above, which includes taking the ACCUPLACER assessment and attending the PSEO Orientation.

All students must meet the prerequisite requirements established by the college.

Additional Resources

Graduating PSEO Students

As a thank you to students that are graduating from high school and have participated in the PSEO Program at Inver Hills, we are happy to offer you several benefits when applying to continue as an undergraduate student:

  • No Application Fee
  • Easy Application Process: Simply complete the PSEO to Undergraduate Transition Form
  • You do not need to take the Accuplacer assessment or attend a new student orientation
  • Priority Registration for the best class selection
  • We encourage you to meet with one of our Academic Advisors if you would like help with selecting your classes, need assistance with academic planning, or have any transfer questions. To learn more, visit Counseling & Advising
  • Low Tuition Rates
  • Reduce tuition costs even further through Financial Aid and Scholarships

We hope that we can continue to help you meet your educational goals by continuing your Bachelor Degree path or completing your Associate Degree at Inver Hills Community College.

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