Admission Procedures for PSEO Students

Minnesota high school juniors and seniors may enroll at Normandale Community College through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program. Normandale Community College follows the PSEO admissions guidelines set forth by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Students are admitted based upon class rank on the high school transcript or qualifying results from any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such as PLAN, ACT, PSAT or SAT.

  • High school juniors: Must be in the upper one-third of their class or score at or above the 70th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test.
  • High school seniors: Must be in the upper one-half of their class, or score at or above the 50th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test.
  • Alternative or home schooled students: Must submit records of academic achievement and ACT, SAT, PLAN or PSAT test scores, immunization records and the Normandale PSEO application form.

Normandale PSEO Students:

  • Are not eligible for courses numbered below 1000.
  • Are not eligible for courses with supplemental fees of $85 or more.
  • Are not eligible for study abroad.
  • Must satisfy all three sections of the placement test (reading, writing and mathematics) to determine course eligibility.
  • Receive college-level courses and required textbooks free of charge during the fall and spring semesters (this benefit is not available for summer terms). However, textbooks paid for through PSEO become the property of Normandale Community College upon completion of the course due to policies established in law by the State of Minnesota.
  • Are not eligible for financial aid.

Individuals applying for admission to Normandale Community College under the PSEO program must:

  1. Complete the Normandale PSEO application form. The PSEO application is available on the Normandale website at www.normandale.edu/admissions by clicking “PSEO Program” or by contacting the Normandale Office of Admissions at 952-358-8208. Written applications can be submitted by mail or in person to Normandale Community College, Office of Admissions, 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431-4399. The PSEO application deadline for fall semester is July 1. The spring semester deadline is December 1.
  2. Submit an official high school transcript. The high school transcript must be sealed in an envelope bearing the high school letterhead and enclosed with the application.
  3. Complete and sign parts 1 and 2 of the Minnesota Department of Education Notice of Registration form and attach to the application. This form is available at www.normandale.edu/admissions by clicking on "PSEO Program" or by contacting the Normandale Office of Admissions at 952-358-8208.
  4. Alternative/home schooled students must complete the Normandale PSEO application process and submit records of academic achievement; ACT, SAT, PSAT, or PLAN scores; and immunization records.
  5. Students who have previous college coursework must submit an official transcript from all colleges and universities that they have previously attended. Official transcripts should be sent to Normandale at the address above.
  6. Submit official ACT, SAT, Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or other scores that may qualify the student for waivers from placement testing (see the Placement Test Waivers section for further information). No documentation supporting placement test waivers will be accepted after an admissions decision has been sent to the student.

When the application, Minnesota Department of Education form and required transcripts and documents have been received, the Normandale Office of Admissions will send a letter verifying that the student's application is complete. If the student needs to complete placement testing, additional information on how to complete this requirement will be provided.

When course placement has been determined, applicants will be notified of a PSEO Advising and Registration program date. (If an applicant does not place at the college level in reading, the applicant is ineligible to register for courses through the PSEO program.) During the PSEO Advising and Registration program, new entering students will receive important information about their life as a student at Normandale Community College, advice on how to achieve academic success at the College and guidance in registering for their courses.

Counselors and advisors are available during the Advising and Registration program to help students select an appropriate course schedule based on the student’s interests, abilities and goals.

Developmental courses may not be taken under the PSEO program due to policies established in law by the State of Minnesota. In accordance with Minnesota State law, PSEO benefits are not available for enrollment during summer terms.

Qualified students are accepted to the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program only and are not admitted general enrollment students at Normandale Community College. PSEO students who wish to continue their college education at Normandale after their high school graduation must complete a separate General Admission application form, pay the $20 application fee and meet all the specific admission requirements for general enrollment.