PSEO Admission


Gustavus welcomes well-qualified PSEO (Post-Secondary Enrollment Options) students to join this community and take available courses as they complete their high school degree. Please read this entire page carefully, then contact Tom McHugh, senior associate dean of admission and PSEO coordinator, with any questions.

Full-time Enrollment

Students wishing to apply for full-time student status under Minnesota’s PSEO program should apply for admission just as a high school senior would. Be sure to mark the ‘PSEO Student’ box next to the ‘How are you applying?’ question on the Gustavus application. Submission of ACT or SAT scores and a personal interview are also required.

Full-time PSEO applications may be submitted as early as October or as late as April of a student’s junior year of high school. Admission decisions will be made in late spring -- likely March, April, or May -- as soon as we have an idea of the size of our first-year class. Admission for full-time PSEO students is competitive; successful applicants typically have a high school GPA of 3.6 or higher and an ACT composite of 27 or higher. Full-time PSEO applicants who intend to complete their degree at Gustavus will receive priority consideration for admission.

Space for full-time PSEO students is limited, and there are rare years (such as 2011-2012) when a large Gustavus first-year class means we are not able to admit any full-time PSEO applicants. However, typically we do have room for a few full-time PSEO students each year. Individuals admitted as full-time PSEO students will be required to live in campus housing and pay for room and board.

Part-time Enrollment

Minnesota high school juniors and seniors interested in part-time enrollment through the PSEO program are required to bring a signed PSEO form from their high school, a current high school transcript and an ACT or SAT score to campus for an interview with the PSEO coordinator. Part-time PSEO students should not apply for admission: the interview with the PSEO coordinator will suffice. In order to take a PSEO course at Gustavus, a student should typically have a high school GPA of 3.6 or higher and/or an ACT composite of 27 or higher.

Registration for part-time PSEO students begins in mid-August for the fall semester and mid-January for the spring semester. Part-time PSEO students typically register for one course, but may register for two courses pending academic qualifications and approval from the PSEO coordinator. Space availability will determine which courses are open for enrollment. Part-time PSEO students may not register for closed or wait-list courses. To request an appointment to speak about part-time PSEO registration, please contact the Admission Office at 507-933-7676.


Please contact Tom McHugh, senior associate dean of admission and PSEO coordinator, with any PSEO-related questions. Tom can elaborate on the above details and describe the timeline.