Early College

Early College

Crown offers a number of “early college” programs such as PSEO and Dual Enrollment, for qualified students who are currently enrolled in high school but have not yet earned their diploma.  This permits the student to earn college credit which may be applied to a degree program at Crown or transferred to another institution.  The programs listed below include in-class, online, and blended options and are dependent upon your the state where you live.

  • PSEO On-Campus
    • For residents of Minnesota only
    • Classes are held on the Crown College campus in St. Bonifacius, MN
  • PSEO Online
    • Also for residents of Minnesota only
    • 100% online
  • Dual Enrollment
    • For those residing outside of Minnesota
    • Students earn high school and college credit simultaneously
  • Classes in the School
    • Special program designed with an individual school or homeschool organization
    • Online, in-class, or both
    • Can be customized to the needs of the school
  • Summer School
    • For any high school junior or senior
    • Online 5 week classes

Additional details of each program are provided below:

  • PSEO Students On-Campus (MN students only)

    The Postsecondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) is a state-funded program that allows high school juniors and seniors to complete high school requirements at the college level. At Crown College, PSEO is a resourceful and intelligent way for academically advanced high school students to achieve their high school requirements and get a head start on a college education, supported by a Christ-centered community. Crown offers PSEO classes to all qualifying students who reside in Minnesota, including students enrolled in public and private schools, as well as high school students in Minnesota who are being educated in home schools. The State of Minnesota covers the complete cost of tuition and educational expenses, including books and class fees. Most colleges across the nation accept PSEO credits.

    Residential Program

    For Minnesota high school seniors who have earned a minimum of a 3.25 GPA. PSEO residential students live and study much like freshman at Crown. They live in the dorms, participate in student life and take freshman classes. (Please note: Room and board is not covered by the State of Minnesota and is the responsibility of the student.)

    Commuter Program

    For Minnesota high school juniors or seniors who have earned a minimum of a 3.25 GPA. Typically, students in this program enroll full-time, so the challenge of balancing high school and PSEO commitments at Crown need to be considered. Students must provide their own transportation.

    PSEO Application Process

    In order to be considered for PSEO student status, students must:

    • Complete and submit the Crown College PSEO Online Application for Admission. (Use the Apply Now button below.)
    • Sign the Community Covenant.
    • Write the Spiritual Life Essay.
    • Request an official transcript be sent to Crown College from your high school.
    • Have your high school counselor complete and sign the Crown College PSEO Waiver Form and the 2016-2017 PSEO Registration Form.
    • Have your parent(s) complete and sign both of these forms (the Crown College PSEO Waiver Form and the State of Minnesota PSEO Notice of Student Registration form)

    Apply Now

    Applications for the Fall 2016 Residential and Commuter program are no longer being accepted.

    For any questions about Crown’s PSEO program, please contact our Admissions Office or call us at 1-800-68-CROWN.

    Additional Information:

    Note: PSEO students must start classes according to the Crown College academic calendar. Semester start and end dates, as well as holidays, may not coincide with the high school schedule.

    Books: Information about obtaining textbooks will be emailed to you in August prior to the start of the semester. This will enable you to obtain the books you need for PSEO approved classes. Textbooks are free for PSEO students.

    Enrolling full-time at Crown College:

    Upon graduation from high school, PSEO students may apply for admission into the Arts & Sciences program or the School of Online Studies program. When making acceptance decisions, consideration will be given to three categories:

    • Academics
    • Areas of involvement within school and community
    • Leadership experiences within school and community

    It is expected that PSEO students’ abilities in these categories are exceptional.

  • PSEO Online (MN students only)

    The Postsecondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) is a state-funded program that allows high school juniors and seniors to complete high school requirements at the college level. At Crown College, PSEO is a resourceful and intelligent way for academically advanced high school students to achieve their high school requirements and get a head start on a college education, supported by a Christ-centered community.Crown offers PSEO classes to all qualifying students who reside in Minnesota, including students enrolled in public and private schools, as well as high school students in Minnesota who are being educated in home schools. The State of Minnesota covers the complete cost of tuition and educational expenses, including books and class fees. Most colleges across the nation accept PSEO credits.

    PSEO Online Program

    For Minnesota high school juniors or seniors who have earned a minimum of a 3.25 GPA. Students in this program are in online classes with other PSEO students.

    PSEO Distinctives

    • Small class size (average 14 students)
    • Attentive & responsive professors
    • Advisors who serve as the student advocate
    • Clear expectations in every class

    PSEO Application Process

    In order to be considered for PSEO Online student status, students must:

    • Complete and submit the Crown College PSEO Online Application for Admission. (Use the Apply Now button below.)
    • Request an official transcript be sent to Crown College from your high school.
    • Have your high school counselor complete and sign the Crown College PSEO Waiver Form and the 2016-2017 PSEO Registration Form.
    • Have your parent(s) complete and sign both of these forms (the Crown College PSEO Waiver Form and the State of Minnesota PSEO Notice of Student Registration form)

    Apply Now

    Applications for the Fall 2016 Online program are due August 1, 2016. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made on a rolling basis.

    For any questions about Crown’s PSEO program, please contact our Admissions Office or call us at 1-800-68-CROWN.

    PSEO Online Program Details

    Course Offerings

    Crown offers courses for online students on a two-year rotation. Many of these courses will meet Minnesota high school graduation standards as well as most college general education requirements.

    Course offerings are as follows:

    Fall 2016

    Spring 2017

    ENG 1510 College Writing and Research ENG 1512 Intro to Literary Analysis
    HIS 2510 American Government SOC 230 Sociology
    PED 1515 Health and Wellness for Life COM 1515 Public Communication
     SCI 1531 Biology (includes lab)  BUS 130 Concepts of Personal Finance
     ECO 332 Microeconomics  MAT 1029 Applied Mathematical Reasoning

    Important Dates:

    PSEO Fall 2016 Deadlines

    PSEO Spring 2017 Deadlines

    Applications for all Online Students: 08/01/16 Applications for new Online Students: 12/01/16
    Registration for all Online Students: 08/15/16 Registration for new Online Students: 12/20/16
    Fall courses begin: 8/24/16 Spring courses begin:  1/11/17
    Last day to add a Fall class: 9/2/16 Last day to add a Spring class:  1/20/17
    Last day to withdraw from a Fall class: 10/26/16 Last day to withdraw from a Spring class:  3/15/17

    Additional Information:

    Note: PSEO students must start classes according to the Crown College academic calendar. Semester start and end dates, as well as holidays, may not coincide with the high school schedule.

    Books: Information about obtaining textbooks will be emailed to you in the month prior to the start of the semester. This will enable you to obtain the books you need for PSEO approved classes. Textbooks are free for PSEO students.

    Enrolling full-time at Crown College:

    Upon graduation from high school, PSEO students may apply for admission into the Arts & Sciences program or the School of Online Studies program. When making acceptance decisions, consideration will be given to three categories:

    • Academics
    • Areas of involvement within school and community
    • Leadership experiences within school and community

    It is expected that PSEO students’ abilities in these categories are exceptional.

  • Dual Enrollment (Students residing outside of MN)

    Qualified students can earn dual credit — high school and college — while they are still in high school.  For high school juniors or seniors who have earned a minimum of a 3.25 GPA. Take classes with other high school juniors and seniors at only $150/credit.

    Dual Enrollment Distinctives

    • Small class size (average 14 students)
    • Attentive & responsive professors
    • Advisors who serve as the student advocate
    • Clear expectations in every class

    Dual Enrollment Application Process

    In order to be considered for Dual Enrollment student status, students must:

    • Complete and submit the Crown College Online Application for Admission. (Use the Apply Now button below.)
    • Request an official transcript be sent to Crown College from your high school.

    Apply Now

    Applications for Fall 2016 applications are due August 1, 2016.

  • Classes in the School

    Details

    Crown will provide the curriculum to schools or homeschool organizations who wish to offer a college class (minimum of 12 students).  Minnesota students can take these classes for free.  For only $150/credit, junior and senior students outside of MN with a 3.25 GPA can take a college class in their high school.  Administrators can contact the Director of Dual Enrollment with questions.

    Benefits

    Students

    • Earn transferable college credits while in high school
    • Have access to on-site teacher
    • Will demonstrate one’s ability for college
    • Saves money

    Schools

    • Crown College provides the curriculum (can be customized to meet the school’s needs)
    • Improved retention through concurrent enrollment
    • Courses can be taught 100% in-class, 100% online, or through a blended model

    WEST

    Crown will offer hybrid courses through WEST in Maple Grove Monday and Tuesday.

    WEST Course offerings are as follows:

    Fall 2016

    Spring 2017 (tentative)

    ENG 1510 College Writing and Research COM 1515 Public Communication
    HIS 2510 American Government ENG 2510 Survey of American Literature
    PSY 130 General Psychology BUS 240 Social Entrepreneurship
     SCI 1531 Biology (includes lab)  PED 100 Lifetime Wellness (1 credit)
     FAR 1560 Art Appreciation  SCI 205 Ecology (includes lab)
    ECO 332 Microeconomics  HIS 1510 Topics in World Civilizations

    CHAT

    Crown will offer hybrid courses through CHAT in Eden Prairie on Wednesday and Thursday.

    CHAT Course offerings are as follows:

    Fall 2016

    Spring 2017 (tentative)

    ENG 1510 College Writing and Research ENG 1512 Intro to Literary Analysis
    PSY 130 General Psychology  COM 1515 Public Communication
    FAR 1560 Art Appreciation  MAT 1029 Applied Math Reasoning
     SCI 1531 Biology (includes lab)  PED 100 Lifetime Wellness
    BUS 240 Social Entrepreneurship

    YEAH

    Crown will offer hybrid courses through YEAH in Roseville on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

    YEAH Course offerings are as follows:

    Fall 2016

    Spring 2017 (tentative)

    HIS 2510 American Government HIS 2520 US History
    SCI 1531 Biology (includes lab) BIB 1522 History of the New Testament*
    BIB 1520 History of the Old Testament*
    *Dual Enrollment course ($150/credit)

    Winsted

    Crown will offer hybrid courses in Winsted on Tuesday and Thursday.

    Winsted Course offerings are as follows:

    Fall 2016

    Spring 2017 (tentative)

    ENG 1510 College Writing and Research ENG 1512 Intro to Literary Analysis
    HIS 2510 American Government COM 1515 Public Communication
    FAR 1560 Art Appreciation HIS 2520 US History
    SCI 1531 Biology (includes lab) PED 1515 Health and Wellness for Life
    BIB 1520 History of the Old Testament*

    *Dual Enrollment course ($150/credit)

  • Summer School

    Summer classes allow high school juniors and seniors to take general education or Bible classes at a discounted rate ($200/credit). Classes start in June and run 5 weeks online.

    Course offerings are as follows:

    Summer 2016

     BIB 136X New Testament History
     THE 231 Christian Doctrine
  • Steps to Success
    • Apply
    • Submit paperwork (see requirements based on PSEO or Dual Enrollment)
    • Afer acceptance, activate Crown email (directions emailed to you)
    • Attend a NEW Student Registration Day (NSRD) in the summer
    • Register for classes (at NSRD or through Our.Crown following emailed directions)
    • Order Textbooks; PSEO students will receive a voucher at NSRD or via Crown email
    • Attend new student orientation (on campus students) or complete online orientation (online students)
    • Communicate with your advisor
    • Check your Crown email daily
    • During finals, return your textbooks to the campus store (PSEO only – instructions will be emailed)
  • Student Resources

    All

    • Advisor (assigned at time of registration) helps with registration; answers questions
    • Bookstore lists and sells all the books required for each class
    • Our.Crown student email, class list, schedule, forms
    • Blackboard online course content location
    • Disabilities Services academic accommodations
    • Library books, e-books, journals, research databases, study space
    • Catalog academic information, course descriptions
    • IT Helpdesk technology resources, technology-related questions/problems
    • Career Services career guidance, internship and job searching, resume and cover letter advice and more

    Online

    Online Tutoring 24/7 free tutoring in the areas of basic math, accounting, statistics, finance, economics, biology, social studies, grammar and literature

    On Campus

    • Chapel offered M, W, F at 10am and Su at 9pm
    • Chaplain mentoring
    • Learning Lab (Located in the Library) free tutoring and study groups
    • Computer labs general use computers (located on the third floor and library) and a Mac Lab (first floor)
  • Parent Resources

    Details

    Director of PSEO/Dual Enrollment: The Director is your child’s advisor and advocate. You may contact her with any questions (952-446-4246).

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the privacy of student records. The ownership of records shift to the student when he/she attends a Post-Secondary Institution (college) regardless of age. In order for parents to obtain grade, schedule, or billing information, their student must complete the FERPA Consent or grant permission through the Parent Portal.

    Parent Permissions Portal: If your child has granted you access to academic and/or financial information, you will receive an email with a link to Our.Crown, a username, and a password to access this information.

  • FAQs

    All PSEO & Dual Enrollment

    What tests are required for entrance to Crown?

    Test results are not required for PSEO or Dual Enrollment students.

    How do I know which classes to take?

    Work with your school guidance counselor and your college advisor to ensure you take classes that will fulfill your high school requirements and also be beneficial in your academic pursuits after high school.

    What is an official transcript?

    The official high school transcript comes to Crown directly from the high school in a sealed envelope. An official homeschool transcript includes classes, grades, a cumulative GPA, and parent signature and is mailed in a sealed envelope.

    Will my credits transfer to another college?

    Crown is regionally accredited so credits should transfer elsewhere, but ultimately it’s up to the other college to decide what will transfer.

    If I decide to attend Crown after I’ve graduated from high school, what do I need to do?

    Apply through the School of Arts and Sciences Admissions office at 952-446-4142 for on campus degree programs and through the School of Online Studies admissions office at 952-446-4300 for online degree programs.

    What classes are offered?

    Courses offered at Crown are listed in the Catalogs  The complete listing of courses available each semester can be found in Our.Crown after you’ve been accepted. Contact the Director of PSEO/Dual Enrollment with any questions about the classes.

    How do I obtain textbooks?

    Books can be ordered through the Crown Bookstore. MN PSEO students will receive a book voucher to order textbooks and then books must be returned to Crown at the end of the semester on the specific Book BuyBack dates. Dual Enrollment students will purchase their own books through the Crown bookstore or an alternate book ordering site.

    How are online classes structured?

    Each class is 15 weeks and assignments are due weekly. Common requirements are discussion boards, readings, lectures, quizzes, and papers.

    Is an orientation offered?

    Students taking on campus classes and online students who live near the College will be required to attend a registration day in the summer which will also provide some orientation information. An optional orientation is provided for commuter and residential students. Online orientation will be offered through Blackboard for online students who live at a distance.

    Residential and/or Commuter PSEO

    How many credits can I register for each semester?

    On campus students may take up to 18 credits. A typical full-time load is 12-15 credits per semester.  We highly encourage students to take a minimum of 6 credits.

    May I take a Bible class?

    Yes, but the cost of tuition is not covered through the PSEO program, so you should be prepared to pay the cost of tuition and fees for that class.

    What is the purpose of the MDE form?

    The MN Notice of PSEO Enrollment form must be completed each semester by the student, parent, high school counselor, and Crown College to be submitted to the MN Department of Education for payment.

    What is the high school counselor form?

    This form indicates what classes are required for you to earn your high school diploma. Completing your high school graduation requirements is a priority for the PSEO program.

    Can I live on campus?

    If you are 17 years old, a senior, and accepted as a residential PSEO student.

    Are there any scholarships for PSEO students living in the dorms?

    No.

    Can I participate in the meal plan?

    Yes, you can sign up for a meal plan on Our.Crown.  The charge will then appear on your student account.  Another option is to work directly with A’viands by putting a designated amount on your ID card. 

    Is chapel required?

    Residential students are required to attend chapel, and commuter students are invited.

    Can I participate in Crown intercollegiate athletics?

    No, not as a PSEO student. You may participate in intramurals.

    Can I participate in Crown missions trips?

    Yes, contact the Intercultural Ministries department for more information.

    Am I required to pay any fees that aren’t covered by the State of MN?

    Residential students must pay a deposit, room, and board; residential students with a vehicle and commuter students must pay a parking fee each semester.

    Can I take online courses in addition to the on campus courses?

    Yes, if you are taking at least 3 classes on campus, then you are allowed to register for online classes also.

    Am I required to fill out the Spiritual Life Essay and Community Covenant? What are they?

    As a private Christian college, we require all residential and commuter PSEO students to have a relationship with Christ. The essay and covenant give you the standards you are required to abide by and give us the evidence that you are the right fit for Crown.

    Online PSEO

    How many credits can I register for each semester?

    We recommend you take only 3-4 classes (9-12 credits).

    May I take a Bible class?

    Yes, but the cost of tuition is not covered through the PSEO program, so you should be prepared to pay the cost of tuition and fees for that class.

    What is the purpose of the MDE form?

    The MN Notice of PSEO Enrollment form must be completed each semester by the student, parent, high school counselor, and Crown College to be submitted to the MN Department of Education for payment.

    What is the high school counselor form?

    This form indicates what classes are required for you to earn your high school diploma. Completing your high school graduation requirements is a priority for the PSEO program.

    When will I know if I get accepted?

    After all your application items are received at Crown a letter will be mailed to you letting you know if you are accepted.

    Dual Enrollment

    How do I pay for classes?

    You may use a credit or debit card to make a payment in Our.Crown, you can contact the billing office at 952-446-4126 or billing@crown.edu to pay with credit or debit card, or you can mail a check to the billing office at 8700 College View Drive St Bonifacius MN 55375.

    When is my payment due?

    You must pay your bill before the classes begin.

    Classes in the School

    What classes are available to offer in my school?

    See the Crown College School of Online Studies Catalog for options.  Freshman and sophomore level courses are available to high school juniors and seniors.

    If we have a class that we would like to offer at the college level, what is the process?

    You will work with our Department Chair at Crown to review the curriculum, create a Crown College syllabus, and obtain approval.

    What qualifications does the high school teacher need to teach for Crown?

    Professors need a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college. They will need to go through the application process before being approved to teach.