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PSEO: What Advisers Need to Know. Danielle Tisinger Andrew Kopelman Angie Rivera-Sturtevant. Session Overview. General Info about PSEO students Admission to the program Student experiences in PSEO Q & A. PSEO Students. PSEO Legislation Must be a junior or senior in high school

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pseo what advisers need to know

PSEO: What Advisers Need to Know

Danielle Tisinger

Andrew Kopelman

Angie Rivera-Sturtevant

session overview
Session Overview
  • General Info about PSEO students
  • Admission to the program
  • Student experiences in PSEO
  • Q & A
pseo students
PSEO Students

PSEO Legislation

  • Must be a junior or senior in high school
  • Must be MN residents with a MN address
  • Eligible for maximum of 4 semesters
  • Expenses covered by state education funds:
    • Tuition, fees
    • textbooks
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PSEO Students cont.
  • Generally take 1xxx-2xxx classes, though upper division considered when appropriate
    • May take only one ODL course at a time
  • Treated like any other college freshman for all practical purposes
  • Covered by FERPA
  • Absences for high school activities are not considered excused absences
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PSEO Students cont.
  • ≈ 70% part-time (1-11 crs) / 30% full-time (12-18 crs)
  • ≈ 70% high school seniors / 30% high school juniors
  • ≈ 60% female / 40% male
  • ≈ 95% of PSEO students who apply to U are admitted; of that, ≈ 50% choose to continue here
  • Majority of PSEO are TC students, but we have a small number that are outstate
    • ≈ 10-15 PSEO students live in the dorms each year (PSEO does not cover housing expenses)
admission
Admission
  • Competitive Admission: 1000+ applications for 500 spots
  • Most students who apply could do well
  • Primary components
    • HS GPA
    • Types of classes
    • Writing sample
  • Secondary considerations
    • Test scores
    • Grade trends
admission cont
Admission cont
  • No minimum GPA; average admitted GPA 3.7-3.8; able to review applications with lower GPAs and extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis
  • Apps holistically reviewed by at least 2 advisers
  • Other PSEO programs in Twin Cities, and though UMNTC tends to be most competitive, others still have high standards (e.g. 3.0 GPA)
student experience
Student Experience
  • Highly motivated academically
  • Parents are highly motivated also
  • Greatest areas of interest are health sciences and sciences
  • Most think they can “do it all,” and many actually can
  • May not understand concepts of asking for help
student experience cont
Student Experience cont.
  • Primarily filling high school requirements & disparity between these requirements and major requirements
  • Most common courses include math, political science, English, writing, history, economics, science
  • May participate in student groups on campus
  • Meet with adviser every semester before registration
  • Have a 36 hour window for registration during queue times
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Student Experience cont
  • Not really flagged as PSEO—most other students/faculty/staff don’t know unless student self-identifies
  • May not drop classes without adviser approval—some high schools count a college “W” as a high school “F”
  • Follow same cancel/add deadlines as whole U
  • TT holds
  • Enter degree-seeking status as freshmen, register based on credits every other semester
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Student Experience cont
  • Monitor letters
  • Common PSEO student troubles
  • Career center
  • PSEO students go through orientations, online senior information handouts
  • Annual “walk-through” for juniors and seniors
  • TT service indicators and related procedures
questions some talking points
Questions: Some Talking Points
  • How can we as advisers as a whole help PSEO students transition into degree-seeking colleges?
  • The “PSEO Advantage”: opportunity for research, internships, study abroad, meaningful job experiences
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