The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program is a Minnesota State program allowing high school students to enroll in courses at local cooperating colleges and universities. Through the program, students do not have to pay for college tuition, textbooks, or support services, and cooperating postsecondary institutions receive partial expense reimbursement from the State of Minnesota.

Each year, Bethel admits a limited number of high school seniors through the PSEO program. PSEO students enrolled at Bethel must follow the policies and guidelines outlined below until graduating from high school. Bethel does not necessarily seek state reimbursement for all courses that PSEO students are taking.


PSEO students are assigned an academic advisor in the department of a major in which they may be interested. While Bethel works with students and their high school counselors to ensure that courses taken at Bethel meet high school graduation requirements, responsibility for completing those requirements rests on the student.

General Requirements and Policies for PSEO Student Registration

Within the limits and exceptions outlined below, students can take 100-level and 200-level classes for which they have met the prerequisites. Students can be registered for no more than 16 credits in a semester and no more than 4 credits in interim.

Required Courses

Students are required to complete GES140 Intro to Wellbeing and GES160 Inquiry Seminar or GES145 Western Humanities I during their first academic year of participation in the PSEO program at Bethel.

Excluded Courses

Students cannot be registered for courses that focus on the Bible or Theological issues (courses with the prefix BIB, THE, or MIN).

Unless part of a student’s major, PSEO students cannot be registered for art or sports courses that have fees of $30 or greater. Students whose major requires a course with a fee of $30 or greater can request special permission to enroll through the Office of the Registrar.

Additional Notes

A limited number of online courses are available to PSEO students. 

For some courses, Bethel does not receive reimbursement from the state, but students may be registered while they are a PSEO student at Bethel. These courses are listed below.

Christianity & Western Culture
Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages
Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation
Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 1877
Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture
Introductory Biblical Hebrew I
Introductory Biblical Greek I
Hispanic Christianity
Meaning, Persons, and God
Personal Wholeness in Relating to Self, Others, and God
Politics and Religion in the United States
Religions of India, China and Japan


Students do not pay tuition or academic fees, with the exception of music lessons or trip expenses.

Summer Courses

Tuition and fees for summer school courses are not covered by the PSEO program, though PSEO students may choose to take summer school courses and cover the cost of tuition and fees themselves.


 This page has been updated since printing and should be considered to be the most up-to-date version of the 2017-2018 catalog.