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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

Pseo students cont
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

Pseo students cont1
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)


  • 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

Student experience cont1
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

Student experience cont2
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