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Post-secondary Enrollment Option (PSEOP)

The Post-secondary Enrollment Options program (PSEOP) at Kent State University is designed to provide qualified public high school students with the opportunity to enhance their high school education with a true college experience.

The PSEOP program is not intended to replace coursework available in high school, or to provide high school students with a full-time college course load.

Students accepted into the PSEOP program typically select courses from Kent State University's Kent Core Requirements. See "Kent Core Requirements" to view this list of courses.

Registration for PSEOP students will take place after pre-registration for Kent State students.  Be advised that course availability could be limited.  PSEOP students should come prepared with several course options when meeting with their PSEOP Advisor.

The PSEOP program has two options for students to choose from:

Option A

Under this option, the student is responsible for paying the entire cost of the program directly to Kent State University. The student chooses to receive both high school and college credit, or only college credit. If the student chooses college credit only, the grade for the course is not factored into the high school grade point average.

Option B

By selecting Option B, high school students may earn both high school and college credit without paying tuition.  Under Option B, students may also borrow required textbooks and course materials at no charge. Some exceptions may apply.

Admitted Option A and Option B PSEOP students will be considered Kent State University students and are accountable for all policies, rules, procedures and deadlines in effect for students of Kent State University.  These include items related to tuition payments, textbooks, advising, and registration.  Students are expected to be familiar with PSEOP Student Handbook, as well as the information in the Schedule of Classes and Undergraduate Catalog.

Admissions Guidelines

Students seeking admission to the Kent State University Kent Campus PSEO program should generally meet or exceed the following guidelines.

  • Preferred 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrated mastery of introductory college preparatory core curriculum
  • Preferred ACT composite score of 23 or combined SAT score of 1070 (reading and math)

PSEOP Application Instructions

Please read the following instructions carefully. Applicants are responsible for submitting all application materials by the deadline.

1.  Meet with Your High School Counselor

Before submitting an application for admission, parents and students considering PSEOP coursework should meet with their high school counselor to learn about the program and to discover their school district's policies as they relate to the following:

    • Full-time equivalency with high school and college enrollment;
    • Repayment policies in the event of withdrawal;
    • How Kent State University's grades are accepted on high school transcripts (weighted or not weighted);
    • Scheduling for other high school classes; and
    • Remaining graduation requirements, and if college courses will fulfill those requirements

2.  PSEOP Application 

Complete the Kent State PSEOP application. Return the PSEOP application to your high school counselor or to the Dual Enrollment Programs office.

3.  PSEOP Applicant Essay

Submit a typed, double-spaced, five-paragraph essay expressing why you wish to participate in the PSEOP program at Kent State University.  Discuss your interest in the class(es) you wish to take.  Your essay will be evaluated on structure, organization of thoughts and ideas, grammar usage, etc.  Put your name on the essay and return your essay with the application.

4.  PSEOP Counselor Recommendation Form and Official High School Transcripts

Have your high school counselor complete the Counselor Recommendation Form and submit an official high school transcript. Return this transcript with the PSEOP application, the counselor recommendation form, and teacher recommendation forms.  It is the student's responsibility to allow enough time for their counselor to complete this form, prepare an official transcript, and return them to prior to the application deadline.

5.  PSEOP Teacher Recommendation Forms (2)

Have two (2) former or current high school teachers of your choice complete a Teacher Recommendation Form.  We recommend that you have teachers in the same subject area as you wish to enroll in at Kent State complete the forms, but this is not mandatory.  Return them along with your application.  It is your responsibility to allow enough time for your teachers to complete these forms and return them to you prior to the application deadline.

6.  ACT or SAT Scores

It is required that PSEOP applicants provide ACT or SAT scores with their application. Include a copy of your ACT or SAT test results with your application.  If you take the ACT or SAT after you submit your application, please mail, fax, or deliver your scores to the Dual Enrollment Programs office when you receive them.

What happens next?

All applicants who submit completed application materials will receive written notice of their status shortly after they are reviewed.  Approved applicants will be notified in writing of the next steps of the admission process and will receive written instructions to contact Kent State University. Newly accepted PSEOP students are required to attend a mandatory new student orientation in August.

While Kent State University is committed to providing all persons access to its programs and facilities without regard to ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientations, national origin or disability, Kent State University is not obligated to accept all students desiring admission into this program.  Kent State reserves the right to deny admission based on one or more of the PSEOP program admission guidelines, space limitations, or deadlines.

Requesting an Application
There are several ways in which you can obtain an application:

  • Download the application from the Dual Enrollment website. See "2014-2015 PSEO Application".
  • Students can request that the application packet be mailed to them by contacting Dual Enrollment Programs at 330-672-3743.
  • Students can pick up the application by visiting the Dual Enrollment Programs office in the Schwartz Center, room 207, during open office hours Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Students can ask in the school counselor's office to see if applications are available.

Mail applications to the following address:

Dual Enrollment Programs
PO BOX 5190
Schwartz Center Room 207
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44240
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