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PSEO at CSP

The Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program at Concordia gives high school juniors and seniors from Minnesota the opportunity to enroll in college courses without being charged for tuition or books. CSP offers both on campus and online options for the fall and spring semesters.

  • Our Fall 2020 application deadline is Friday, May 8, 2020
  • Our Spring 2021 application deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    *Student Registration Forms from public high schools must be dated on or before 5/30/20 for spring enrollment

Fall 2020 Application Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020

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We recognize that the current COVID-19 situation has raised many questions and we’re here to help. View Admissions Policy Changes and Up-to-Date Information about COVID-19.

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PSEO Admissions Requirements

  • When completing the application, be sure to select “PSEO” in the Academic Level field.

  • Due to COVID-19, we will accept either official OR unofficial copies of your high school transcripts (public, private, or home school) to complete your application file.

    Unofficial transcripts can be emailed to CSP at admissions@csp.edu.

    Official transcripts can be submitted by your school to CSP through a secure online portal or in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions.

  • Statements must be typed, 500 words or less, double-spaced and include student name, student email, student phone number, and current high school name in the upper right-hand corner.

    Completed statements should be saved as a PDF file and uploaded to your application account or emailed to admissions@csp.edu.

    Please address the following two items in the statement:

    1. Explain why you feel you will be a successful PSEO student at Concordia University and address the steps you will take to ensure success.
    2. Please list the PSEO courses you hope to register for in accordance to your high school graduation requirements.

    Courses listed are not initially used to register students for courses but to ensure PSEO students are aware of courses they will need.

  • Digitally signed forms should be emailed as attachments to admissions@csp.edu.

    Note: This form is also called the “Minnesota State Form”.


    *Spring 2021 Applicants: Please note that public school students are required to inform their district of their intent to enroll in PSEO courses during the following school year by May 30. If public school students do not notify the enrolling district by May 30, 2020, and the enrolling district does not waive the deadline, the family may be responsible for the postsecondary tuition expense.

Sending Materials to CSP

by email: admissions@csp.edu

by mail:
Concordia University, St. Paul
Attn: PSEO Admissions
1282 Concordia Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104


All materials must be received or postmarked by Friday, May 8 in order to be considered for Fall 2020 admissions (December 1 for Spring 2021).

Questions?

Contact Admissions: admissions@csp.edu or 651-641-8230

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The PSEO program at CSP is very competitive, meaning only a select number of applicants will be admitted each semester. Our admissions review is holistic, taking into consideration both academic and personal attributes presented by applicants to determine the best fit for the CSP community.

  • Enrollment decisions will be emailed approximately three weeks after the application deadline has passed.

  • While there is not a minimum requirement, a high school GPA of 3.25 or higher (unweighted) is preferred.

  • Credit load can vary from 4-16 credits per semester. Typically, Juniors may take up to 12 credits per semester and Seniors may take up to 16 credits.

  • PSEO students will be invited to register for classes via email.

  • A PSEO advisor walks each PSEO student through the registration process. Students will be encouraged to take classes based on previous academic experience.

  • Campus housing may be available to PSEO students depending on availability. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 651-641-8230 or admissions@csp.edu.

  • Yes. Students admitted to the PSEO program for Fall 2020 will be asked to attend PSEO Admitted Student Day on Thursday, August 20, 2020 as well as complete an online orientation. Both items are mandatory for enrollment. More information will be provided upon acceptance.

    An orientation event will be held in January 2021 for Spring 2021 enrollment.

  • Students have the opportunity to take 100-200 level courses on campus or online (note: upper-level courses are available with permission of the instructor).

  • Course availability can be determined by searching our course catalog.  To do so:

    1. Open the CSP Course Catalog
    2. In the “Search by Term” field, select “Fall Semester 2020” (or “Spring Semester 2021”)
    3. From here, you may customize your search as you wish:
      • Subject field
        • To search all subjects: Click on the first option (Accounting), scroll to the bottom of the list, and select the last subject (Theatre) while holding the “Shift” key
        • To narrow your search by subject: Click on your subject of interest. To select multiple subjects, hold on the “Ctrl” key while selecting the areas of interest
      • Schedule Type field
        • PSEO students are eligible to take courses from the “Traditional Face-to-Face”, “Traditional On-Line” and “Continuing Studies On-Line” options
  • Excluded from PSEO: Religion courses, private music lessons, independent studies, summer courses, courses with required travel, work-study, and DII athletics.

  • As an enrolled PSEO student you will not be charged for tuition or books. Additional fees (ie: technology) may not be covered by the program.

    Note: Public school students are required to inform their district of their intent to enroll in PSEO courses during the following school year by May 30. If public school students do not notify the enrolling district by May 30, 2020, and the enrolling district does not waive the deadline, the family may be responsible for the postsecondary tuition expense.

Alum/PSEO Student Highlights

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Grady Wieczorek

Grady Wieczorek is a recent graduate of CSP’s marketing program and began his journey at CSP as a PSEO student. Grady was interested in PSEO because it offered an early way to benefit from the college educational system while providing partial relief from the financial stress pursuing higher education can present. “PSEO is a cost-efficient way to invest in your future,” he explained.

“I wanted to continue my college experience at CSP because I valued the personal community, the variety of professors, and the opportunities (in class and outside of class) that I was given.”

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Gabie Yang

Gabie Yang is a senior majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She was introduced to CSP as a PSEO student. Both of her sisters were PSEO students and encouraged Gabie to enroll because it would help her save money. Toward the middle of her junior year, she decided she wanted an experience that would help with her transition from high school to college. That year, Gabie enrolled as a full-time PSEO student. 

“Even as a PSEO student, I started to feel like a real college student since I had the freedom to choose my own schedule and the experience I had in my classes,” she added.

Along with that freedom, Gabie enjoyed her classes and the deeper discussions they offered.

“Since the class sizes at CSP are small, it’s easier to connect with your professors and get to know them better. They care a lot about your success, just as you do.”

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Mac Wieczorek

Mac Wieczorek is a senior in high school, but academically, is a junior in college. He is studying marketing at CSP and began his path as a PSEO student. He found the PSEO program enticing because it offered a way to maximize his time while minimizing the potential debt he would owe by attending college. He has stayed with CSP because of the community.

“I love the campus and the feel of the classrooms. I have felt supported by my parents, professors, and fellow classmates. You are a name and not just a number at CSP.”

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Nick Wagenknecht

Nick Wagenknecht is a theology major and coaching minor who recently gradatuated in 2019. His college journey began as a PSEO student at CSP. He was drawn to PSEO because he knew it would give him a head start on his college education. In addition, Nick credits CSP’s diversity and tight-knit community for allowing him to make friends with a wide variety of people from different walks of life.

“As a PSEO student at CSP, I was able to make friends with a wide variety of people from different walks of life which has helped me to be a better person than who I was when I started.”