|Application deadline||Decision from Macalester|
|Spring||December 1||January 4|
|Fall||June 1||July 1|
Macalester will consider applications from students who have completed the core curriculum (science, mathematics, social studies, English, or foreign language) available at their high school and would like to continue studying at the college level. Macalester will not approve a PSEO course as a substitute for an available high school class in the same core academic area. The College does not provide PSEO coursework to supplement a student’s high school curriculum such as physical education, dramatic arts, dance, music, fine arts, and computer science. For example, in order to take an international studies course at Macalester, students would have to exhaust all of the social studies classes available at their high school. In order to take a physics course at Macalester, students would have to exhaust all of the science (not just the physics) courses available at their high school.
Admission to the PSEO program does not guarantee you will be able to enroll in your requested course. Macalester’s priority is to first meet the registration needs of our enrolled students. If space is available, we will do our best to enroll you in PSEO coursework prior to the first week of classes, but we may not know if space is available until that time. Final approval for PSEO enrollment is contingent upon the professor’s approval and availability.
Applicants must be in the 11th or 12th grade, traditional high-school age, and have a competitive academic record (generally top 10% of the class) in a strong curriculum including honors, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate course work (if available).
Applicants must have competitive standardized test scores (PSAT, SAT, and/or ACT). A letter of recommendation may be accepted in place of the SAT or ACT for junior applicants only.
Applicants must complete all of the PSEO application and required forms before the application deadline. There is not an application fee.
Juniors and first-time PSEO applicants are allowed to take only one course their first semester. Two courses may be approved for returning seniors. Please consult our Academic Course Schedule at macalester.edu/registrar. The PSEO Application requires that applicants submit the course title, number, and section of the course(s) they intend to take.
PSEO Application & Required Forms
Submit the Macalester PSEO Application and upload writing sample
Students must demonstrate college-level writing ability by submitting 2-4 pages of written academic work from a recent high school class. It does not need to be related to the subject that the student is applying to take at Macalester. Math proofs, poetry, or art will not be accepted.
MN PSEO Notice of Student Registration
This form will be attached to your PSEO Application confirmation email. Your high school guidance counselor must approve your participation in PSEO. Complete section 1 and have your school counselor complete section 2.
Macalester School Report Form
Complete the Student section and have your counselor complete the remaining sections.
Request that your high school counselor send an official transcript of all classes and grades beginning with 9th Grade and a current class schedule. If you have completed college-level coursework outside of your high school, you must have an official transcript sent to Macalester directly from the school or via an official online transcript service. Please note that transcripts issued to a student are not considered official.
Official Test Scores
Submit PSAT, SAT, and/or ACT Scores via an official transcript or score sheet copy. A letter of recommendation may be accepted instead of the SAT or ACT for junior applicants only.
You will notified by mail after the decision deadline. Admission to the PSEO program does not guarantee you will be able to enroll in your requested course. Macalester’s priority is to first meet the registration needs of our enrolled students. If space is available, we will do our best to enroll you in PSEO coursework prior to the first week of classes, but we may not know if space is available until that time. Final approval for PSEO enrollment is contingent upon the professor’s approval and availability.
Continuing Macalester PSEO
Continuing Macalester PSEO students must have completed the previous Macalester course with a B or better and maintained solid academic performance at their high school. Students must re-apply for PSEO every semester.Why Macalester