” Taking PSEO courses while still in high school not only allows students to lower their loan debt, but it also provides a path to graduate early and get a head start on a high-demand, great paying career. “
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can enroll in PSEO classes at Dunwoody?
The applicant must be a junior or senior in a Minnesota public or private high school, or have junior- or senior-level equivalency in a home school program, for the year he/she is applying.
What qualifications are necessary to participate in Dunwoody’s PSEO program?
The applicant must have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be in good academic standing with their institution. An applicant must meet with the Dunwoody PSEO Coordinator (either virtually or in-person) prior to submitting their application to determine eligibility for the program. Pre-requisites for all programs and classes must be met prior to enrollment, when applicable.
What is the application and acceptance process?
- Applicant should meet with the Dunwoody PSEO Coordinator (either virtually or in-person) prior to submitting their application.
- Applicant must complete the following forms:
- Student/Applicant must have an official copy of their high school transcript sent to Dunwoody.
Is there an application deadline?
Yes. For Fall enrollment, May 30 of the student’s sophomore or junior year of high school. For Spring enrollment, Nov. 1 of their junior or senior year of high school.
If I meet all the admissions requirements, will I be admitted?
Yes, once an applicant has met all the admissions requirements they can be admitted into the program. Registration for specific courses will be determined based on several factors. If a specific class is required by the student’s high school, PSEO students will be given priority. Dunwoody reserves the right to limit the number of participants in any given year.
When will I find out if I am admitted?
Accepted participants will be notified via mail and given their required Orientation date. PSEO students attend the same orientation as all admitted students.
Proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria and meningitis are required by state law of all postsecondary students Minn. Stat. 2006, Section 135A.14. Applicants will receive an immunization form with their enrollment agreement; the completed form should be turned in before or during orientation.
Are all PSEO classes offered in-person, or are there online options?
There are a variety of classes that are offered online, hybrid, or in-person that are eligible for PSEO.
How many credits can I take as a PSEO student?
It varies based on the student’s remaining high school requirements and future academic plans. Typically PSEO students take between one and four courses per semester and courses average 2-4 credits each.
What happens if I don’t pass a PSEO class?
Students who don’t earn a passing grade in a PSEO class have the option to retake that course at no cost. Students who fail a course may be restricted from future Dunwoody courses and if they choose to continue at Dunwoody after graduation, they may be required to complete a Satisfactory Academic Progress plan. Notification of the failing grade will be provided to the high school counselor.
What types of classes are offered?
Most PSEO students enroll in general education classes that are needed to complete their high school graduation requirements or are required for the program they choose to major in at Dunwoody. In some cases students are allowed to enroll in technical courses.
If I’m admitted, how do I register?
Once admitted the students will work with the Registrar’s Office to enroll in their first semester courses and any subsequent semesters as a PSEO student.
Are there costs associated with the PSEO program?
No. PSEO courses are free, with no cost to the student, including tuition, books, materials, and fees.
PSEO students are not eligible for federal, state, or college financial aid; including emergency loans, Dunwoody grants, and similar monies. This also means that a PSEO student is not work-study eligible; and not eligible to pursue on-campus employment opportunities.
How do I obtain my textbooks and course materials?
Books are obtained by the PSEO student after meeting with the PSEO Coordinator at New Student Days. Books issued to PSEO students are free, but remain the property of Dunwoody and therefore must be returned to the College at the end of each semester. Students may be charged for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed, or books that are not returned to the postsecondary institution in a timely manner. All Dunwoody students are issued laptops for use during the semester and must be returned to the IT Department at the end of their last PSEO semester and over the summer for students who plan to return for the next academic year. Books cannot be returned to the Bookstore and are not eligible for book buy-back refunds. Books and course materials not returned within 10 days following the end of a given semester will be billed to the PSEO student. Dunwoody does not expect any PSEO student to incur such costs; charges are only applied if Dunwoody property is not returned in a timely manner.
Do I need to notify my High School Counselor before I apply?
Yes, students will need to notify their high school counselor by May 30 of their sophomore or junior year. The high school counselor will direct them to complete the Notice of Student Registration Form, which is part of the admissions process.