The information on this page outlines eligibility requirements specific to Ridgewater College. High school students interested in PSEO are encouraged to visit with their high school counselor or principal. Homeschooled students must notify their resident school district office of their intent to participate in the PSEO program. Please note that sophomores must be enrolled in a school district to be eligible for PSEO.
Liberal Arts and Sciences Application Criteria
- Juniors who wish to take liberal arts and sciences courses (transfer education) must rank in the upper one-third of their class, have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or score at or above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (e.g., ACT or SAT).
- Seniors must be in the upper half of their class, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, or score at or above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test.
Course placement will be determined by the new student assessment test. Students may not register for remedial, developmental, or other courses not considered to be college level under PSEO.
Technical Education Application Criteria
Juniors and Seniors
High school juniors and seniors applying for technical coursework must demonstrate the ability to successfully complete college coursework at a C level or higher. Students are admitted based on a review of coursework taken in high school, GPA, class rank, and the new student assessment test.
High school sophomores who are enrolled in a school district (i.e., not homeschooled) may enroll in one career or technical education course at Ridgewater College if they have:
- Attained a reading score of 850 or higher on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment
- Met any other course prerequisites or course enrollment standards established by the College. This includes, but is not limited to, assessment test scores, program admission, or other requirements.
- If a student receives a grade of C or better in the course, the student shall be allowed to take additional career or technical education courses in subsequent terms.
- Students who want to change from a technical program to transfer education (liberal arts and sciences), or the reverse, must meet the stated criteria at the time the request is made.
PSEO classes available for 10th graders - on a space available basis
- Administrative Support Careers
- ADS1007 – Keyboarding – 2 credits
- ADS1042 – PowerPoint – 3 credits
- ADS1053 – Excel – 3 credits
- AGRI1550 – Introduction to Ag Business – 2 credits
- AGRI1810 – Introduction to Animal Science – 3 credits
- Audio and Video Technology
- AVTI1201 – Introduction to Acoustics – 3 credits
- AVTI1602 – Soldering and Cable Assembly – 1 credit
- Manufacturing Technology
- CMAE1514 – Safety Awareness – 2 credits
- CMAE1526 – Maintenance Awareness – 2 credits
- Nursing Assistant
- NA1612 – CNA / Certified Nursing Assistant – 3 credits
- Computer Systems Technology
- CST1021 – HTML and the Web – 3 credits
- CST1700 – CCNA R&S Introduction to Networks – 3 credits
- CST1794- Introduction to Programming – 3 credits
- Computer Aided Drafting and Design
- DRAFT1502 – CADI – 3 credits
- DRFT1503 – Interpreting Engineering Drawings – 2 credits
- Early Childhood Education
- ECED1125 – Child Development – 3 credits
- Electronics Technology
- ELEC1814 – Electronics I – 3 credits
- Health Information Technology
- HIMC1120 – Medical Terminology – 3 credits
- Machine Tool Technology
- MACT1801 – Fundamentals of Precision Manufacturing – 2 credits
- Multimedia Design Technology
- MMDT1008 – Introduction to Computer Graphics – 3 credits
- MMDT1010 – Typography and Color Theory – 3 credits
- Marketing and Sales Management
- MSM1101 – Principles of Marketing – 3 credits
- Professional Photography Technology
- PHOT1017 – Introduction to Digital Cameras – 3 credits
- Veterinary Technology
- VNTE1000 – Introduction to Veterinary Science – 1 credit
- WELD1312 – Welding Processes – 4 credits
- WELD1314 – Gas Welding, Brazing, and Cutting Shop I – 1 credit
- WELD1316 – Shielded Metal Arc Welding Shop I – 2 credits
Homeschool and ALC Students
Students who are homeschooled, attend an ALC or school which does not provide GPA or rank are eligible for PSEO admission based upon meeting the standardized test score minimums. Students who have less than one year experience at an ALC or homeschool are required to submit previous high school transcripts.
Recommended Application Deadlines
Fall semester: May 1
Spring semester: December 1
Students applying for technical degrees or courses, who meet the admission requirements, will be accepted after October 1 for the spring semester and February 1 for the fall semester, on a space-available basis.
High schools may have their own application deadlines for students wanting PSEO classes. Check with your high school counseling or guidance office.