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Enrollment Options for High School Students

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP)

The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) is a state-funded program which offers qualified high-school students the opportunity to gain valuable college life experience and earn credit while supplementing their high-school college preparatory curriculum during the fall and spring semesters. Cleveland State University believes that motivated and dedicated high-school students who participate in this program will profit immensely from the opportunity to interact with college students, faculty, and staff, and experience firsthand the benefits and advantages of a metropolitan university. PSEOP is intended to complement rather than replace the high-school college preparatory curriculum.

Admission to the PSEO program is based on the student's high-school grade performance and PSAT, SAT, PLAN, or ACT examination scores. Students who are admitted to PSEOP are eligible to enroll in courses for both high-school and college credit. Once enrolled at Cleveland State, PSEOP students are held to the same standards as regular undergraduate students and must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 to continue in the program.

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Admission Criteria
(for high school seniors, juniors and sophomores)

  • 3.4 high school cumulative GPA
  • Minimum ACT (or PLAN) scores of 22 on each section AND a 22 composite, OR minimum SAT (or PSAT) scores of 520 on each section (total of 1040 critical reading and math sections combined)

Students planning to participate in their freshman year are admitted only under special circumstances. Freshman applicants must meet the admission criteria stated above as well as submit two letters of recommendation and a written essay.

Students whose test scores or G.P.A. fall below these Admission Criteria have their applications reviewed on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee to determine whether or not they will be admitted. It is possible for them to be admitted with provisional status.

Home schooled students must be enrolled in an eligible school, which includes electronic schools sponsored by the State of Ohio, in order to participate in PSEOP. Whether or not the student must attend classes at the high school is determined by his or her individual school district.

A complete application consists of the following elements:

  • Completed PSEOP Application Form (including Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4)
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official ACT and/or SAT test scores if not posted on high school transcript (PLAN & PSAT scores will be accepted). Scores are not official if they are written on the application or faxed to Cleveland State University.
  • $30 non-refundable application fee (Students will only pay one application fee to Cleveland State and will not be charged an application fee when they apply to pursue a bachelorís degree).
      ** Ninth grade participants must also include:
    • Official copy of most current report card
    • Two recommendation letters, one from a guidance counselor and one from a teacher
    • Student essay answering the following question: Why do you want to participate in the PSEO Program? Include an explanation of what you hope to accomplish at Cleveland State University. (300-600 words)

Application Deadlines

High school students interested in participating in PSEOP for the full academic year (fall and spring semesters) must apply by June 15. Students submitting applications by April 1 will receive their decision by early May. Students interested in participating in the spring semester must apply by November 15.


Admitted students are required to attend a PSEOP orientation session to introduce them to Cleveland State and to provide vital information about the program and the University. Information regarding this orientation will be forwarded following admission to the program.

Course Selection and Registration

The course selection process for PSEOP students is a collaborative effort between the student, the high school counselor, and the Cleveland State PSEOP advisor. The high school guidance counselor is required to complete the studentís academic advising plan as part of the application. The PSEOP advisor mails a printout of the most recent, available schedule to the high school guidance counselor for review. If any changes are needed, the studentís schedule is adjusted.

CSU PSEOP students are permitted to take summer classes as Viking Bridge students; however, they must pay their tuition or be part of a grant funded program.

All Cleveland State University PSEOP students, other than those taking a CSU course(s) only at their respective high school, will meet with a PSEOP Advisor prior to registration. Students taking a course at their high school attend orientation and sign a scheduling form.

Course registration is done on a space-available basis. PSEOP students will register for their courses following the main registration period for current Cleveland State students. Details of this process will be provided during orientation.

Cleveland State University reserves the right to limit the number of credit hours a PSEOP student may enroll in each semester. In general, the recommendations are as follows per semester:

  • Juniors and seniors may enroll full-time.
  • Sophomores and Freshmen should consider enrolling in one or two courses per semester.

The PSEO Program Advisor, the high school guidance counselor and the student will determine the appropriate number of courses in which a student can enroll each semester. The high school counselor should be consulted about any additional restrictions.

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Viking Bridge to College Program

The Viking Bridge to College Program offers qualified high-school students, who are uninterested or unable to participate in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options A or B, the opportunity to take courses during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Unlike PSEOP Option B, all tuition, fees, and books for students enrolled in Viking Bridge must be paid by the individual student or parent. Admissions requirements for this program are the same as the PSEOP criteria. Individual school districts decide whether or not to accept college credits earned under Viking Bridge.

For more information contact our PSEOP Coordinator at 216-687-2279 or f.feola@csuohio.edu.

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