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 complete the Online Application, submit their completed application forms and high school transcript to be considered for admission.

  1. Complete the PSEO Online Application to Inver Hills.
  2. Submit your official high school or home school transcript.
  3. Complete and submit Sections 1 and 2 of the Notice of Student Registration Form.
    • Section 1 must be completed and signed by the student, and if the student is under age 18, a parent must also sign the form.
    • Section 2 must be completed and signed by your high school guidance counselor.
  4. Complete and submit the PSEO Book Contract Form. This form must be signed by the student and a parent.
  5. Provide documentation that allows us to determine college level course placement. Documentation that may be used includes high school transcript, Accuplacer assessment scores, ACT Test Report or SAT Test Report. Students that have not taken the ACT Test or SAT Test should submit their high school transcript and allow us time for review before scheduling an Accuplacer appointment due to limited availability of the Online Accuplacer.

You will receive an admission decision by email after all application materials have been received and reviewed.

Please send all application forms to us by email or by fax:
Email: PSEO@inverhills.edu
Fax: 651-450-3677

Note: Please DO NOT send your forms by mail at this time.

PSEO Orientation Information

All new PSEO students are required to complete our Online PSEO Orientation before they will be allowed to register for classes. You will receive instructions to complete your Online PSEO Orientation along with your acceptance email. This is not a live presentation, so you will be able to complete your orientation at a time that is convenient for you, and you can expect to spend approximately one hour to complete it. You will learn about important college policies and procedures at Inver Hills, and become acquainted with the available services for students. You will select and register for your classes, and you will have an opportunity to work with an Academic Advisor after you have completed your orientation.

Please share with your parents and family members that they can view our Parent and Family Orientation Video that we have created to help them know how they can support you throughout your time as a student at Inver Hills.

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 math as indicated by your high school transcript information, 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 math as indicated by your high school transcript information, 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 have taken the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) reading test and met the proficiency level that meets or exceeds the standards. Please provide this with your application.
    OR
    Must meet the acceptable placement requirements established by the college as indicated by your high school transcript information or the Accuplacer assessment.
  • Must complete all of the application steps shown above.

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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