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Common Characteristics of UMTC PSEO Students
Note: the information listed on this page pertains to high school juniors and seniors that participated in the UMTC PSEO program. This information does not pertain to students from other PSEO programs.
- UMTC PSEO students are admitted through a competitive application process. Typically 1100 students apply, and 600 are admitted. The average unweighted high school GPA of admitted PSEO students is 3.93 and most students have taken a significant number of rigorous high school courses.
- New incoming UMTC PSEO students must attend a 4-hour PSEO Summer Orientation program at the end of July or beginning of August. They complete a self-directed online course to prepare them for orientation, and the UMTC PSEO office hires OFYP orientation leaders to facilitate its PSEO Summer Orientation program.
- UMTC PSEO students are required to complete freshman orientation and Welcome Week if admitted to the U of M as freshmen. No exceptions! PSEO students are notified of this requirement multiple times during their PSEO experience.
- All PSEO students commute (students cannot live on campus), and most do not get involved on campus. However, some will get extremely active and even start student groups. They can do undergraduate research, and hold a student job (if taking more than 6 credits).
- PSEO students can be actively involved in high school activities while still full-time on campus.
- During the school year, PSEO students register during the non-degree student queue. They register for courses themselves, and get to know campus like a regular undergraduate. During summer PSEO orientation, they register the week after freshman orientation.
- Some take one course, while others are full-time for two years.
While Advising PSEO Students, Keep In Mind...
- PSEO students cannot use the Career Centers, CAPE, the Recreation & Wellness Center (unless they have a course there), and Boynton (for free). They can use Boynton through their parent’s insurance.
- Many PSEO students have spent a considerable amount of time on campus, so check in with them about the resources they’ve already used. Ask them what barriers have prevented them from not using certain services. Keep in mind that if they are commuting, it could affect access to certain support services.
- Since PSEO students aren’t admitted to college yet, their UMTC PSEO GPA can affect college admissibility. As a result, the PSEO advisers take a cautious approach to course registration. For example, students are encouraged to take only 12 credits their first semester if they are full-time.
- The PSEO office has strict guidelines for moving through the STEM course sequences. PSEO students typically need a B or better to take the next course in a sequence.
- For example, students would need a B in Math 1271 to take 1272.
- Registration priority for UMTC PSEO students is to meet high school graduation requirements.
- For example, U of M advisors might see two literature courses on their academic record. PSEO students need 11th and 12th grade English to graduate high school, so they tend to take two ENGL 1xxx courses.
- Additionally, if a student needs high school physics, PSEO advisers would recommend Phys 1001W or 1101W even if these students are bound for CSE or CBS.