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High School Program (PSEO)

  • Online Learning at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Online Learning at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Online Learning at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Online Learning at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Online Learning at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Online Learning at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Online Learning at the University of Minnesota, Morris

The Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program was created by the Minnesota State Legislature in 1985. Minnesota law allows high school students (whether currently in public, nonpublic, or home schools) to take courses at eligible postsecondary institutions. Students must meet the admissions requirements of the postsecondary institution.

The Minnesota PSEO program covers:


The Minnesota PSEO program does NOT cover:


Who is Eligible to Participate?

You are eligible to participate in the University of Minnesota, Morris Online Learning program if you are a Minnesota high school junior or senior, including nonpublic and home school students. Students in cultural exchange programs are not eligible. If you are attending a public or private high school, consult your high school counselor. If you are home schooled, contact the Morris Online Learning office for more information.

While other factors may be considered, there are four main areas used to evaluate PSEO student admission in the Morris Online Learning program. Most PSEO high school students who are successful in courses offered through the Online Learning program meet more than one of the following criteria:


Admission to the University of Minnesota, Morris as a degree seeking student is not required to enroll in courses offered by the Morris Online Learning program.

Registration is based upon acceptance in the Morris Online Learning PSEO program and space availability in the requested course.

Admission Status

The Morris Online Learning office administers online courses at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Admission to the program as a PSEO student is not the same as undergraduate admission to the Morris campus. As a PSEO student you are not formally admitted to a degree program within the University. Officially, you are considered a non-degree seeking student.

If you wish to attend the University of Minnesota, Morris after your high school graduation, you will need to apply for undergraduate admission like all high school students.

On-Campus PSEO Program

Admission to the Morris Online Learning program as a PSEO student is not the same as admission to the on-campus Morris PSEO program. If you wish to take on-campus classes through the PSEO program, you must apply to the on-campus program. On-campus PSEO students may take online courses with the permission of Academic Advising.

Courses and Credits

When you combine your high school and college registrations, you may not exceed a full-time high school registration. Registration beyond full-time is at your own expense. In working out a balanced program, consider that a full-time high school load is generally six high school classes per day. A full-time load at Morris is 12 to 15 credits per semester. One way to think about college credits is that four semester credits are equal to one year of high school coursework.

Expectations for College Coursework

The courses and credits you take and the grades you earn as a PSEO student become part of your permanent University of Minnesota transcript and may influence your future academic career, such as acceptance to college, graduate and professional programs, and scholarship opportunities. For each credit, expect two to three hours of homework per week. A typical college course is four credits so you can expect 8 to 12 hours of homework per week from one course.

Expectations of Morris Online Learning PSEO students



How do I Participate?

Students, guidance counselors, home school educators, and parents should read the Online Learning PSEO Student Guide carefully and completely.

PSEO students need to take the following steps to participate in the Morris Online Learning program: