Get a Head Start
There are several ways high school students can earn college credit to get a head start on completing a degree, while saving on college costs.
Post Secondary Enrollment Options
PSEO is a State of Minnesota program that allows Minnesota high school students to get a head start by taking college courses at colleges and universities, including Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Juniors and seniors in high school can enroll, full-or part-time, in Saint Mary’s courses and will receive high school and college credit at the same time. Learn more about PSEO.
Program for Advanced College Credit
Saint Mary’s Program for Advanced College Credit (PACC) offers college-level learning experiences and college credit to participating private high school programs, with the same expectations, workload, learning activities, projects, and exams as the courses taught to first-year students at Saint Mary’s. See your high school for a specific list of the PACC courses offered. Learn more about PACC.
Other Advanced Credit Programs: AP, CLEP, and IBP
Saint Mary’s participates in the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement program (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and accepts advanced placement credits under the International Baccalaureate High School Program (IBP).
Students with AP test scores of 3, 4, and 5 may request credit and advanced placement by submitting the scores to the registrar. Advanced placement is determined by the department chairs. Credit is granted for appropriate CLEP subject examinations; credit is not granted for CLEP general examinations. For more information, go to Page 25 of our catalog (PDF). Saint Mary’s accepts advanced placement credits under the International Baccalaureate High School Program (IBP). Academic departments accept scores 4 through 7 on the higher-level exam only (with the exception of Foreign Language). Examinations must be in subjects which are comparable to courses in Saint Mary’s curriculum.
Placement testing for English, mathematics, and Spanish are available to incoming students at New Student Orientation. For more information, please contact the Saint Mary’s Office of Admission.