Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP)

The program

Qualified high school students can enrich their educational experience, and earn both high school and college credit, by taking college courses at Xavier University. Xavier has participated in the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program for several years, helping high school students get a jump on their college education. Established by Ohio lawmakers in 1989 and administered by the Ohio Department of Education, the program enables high school students in grades 9-12 to take college courses while still attending high school.


Students applying to this program must choose between Option A and Option B:

Option A: Students receive college credit only for courses taken at Xavier. All costs incurred, including tuition, books, materials and fees, are paid for by the student.

Option B: Students receive both high school and college credit for courses taken at Xavier. The student is not responsible for any costs, unless the student withdraws from the program. Students will be required to provide a security deposit for any loaned books. The deposit will be refunded upon the return of books at the end of the semester of attendance.

How to apply

Students can begin registration for the fall semester after July 4 and for the spring semester beginning on the fourth Monday in December. Students who meet the eligibility criteria must:

  • Complete the PSEOP application form and the PSEOP academic information form.
  • Submit an application fee of $25.
  • Arrange to have an official copy of their high school transcripts forwarded to the University, including all PLAN, PSAT, ACT or SAT scores.
  • If choosing Option B, have a parent sign a statement accepting full financial responsibility for the applicant if withdrawal occurs for any reason.
  • Pay in full before or at registration if choosing Option A.
  • The deadline to submit applications and all required PSEO application materials is June 1.

For additional information, contact the Office of Admission at 513-745-3301 or e-mail

Eligibility criteria

Each student who applies to the program must meet the requirements outlined below. Case-by-case consideration is given to students who do not meet the eligibility criteria but who have special needs or talents that would be improved by attending a specific college course. The student's counselor or high school principal must certify the student's eligibility.

All student applicants in grades 9-12 must:

  • Have at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submit scores of at least a 24 PLAN or ACT, a 110 PSAT or an 1100 SAT (not including the writing portion of either test).
  • Be enrolled in the highest level of curriculum offered at the high school.
  • Certify their high school does not offer the course they want to take.
  • Live within commuting distance of the University either with a parent or a legal guardian.

Students in grade 9-10 must also submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor.

Students in grades 11-12 must also be ranked in the top 10 percent of their class.

Things to know

  • Students can participate in this program during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Enrollment is limited to seven hours per semester.
  • Placement testing may be required prior to registration for certain classes.
  • All students are considered non-degree.
  • Students may not participate in any of Xavier's extracurricular activities.
  • Students register based on information stated in your acceptance letter. Each student is given the opportunity to seek advising through this office.
  • Students in Option B must provide a security deposit for any loaned books. The deposit is refundable when the books are returned at the end of the semester.
  • If a student in Option B withdraws or is withdrawn for non-attendance, the student and parent become liable for all costs deemed necessary by the University.
  • All prerequisites must be met, and all policies of the institution and the individual instructor must be followed.
  • Xavier University reserves the right to revoke the right of participation of any student who violates any policy stated herein, or any other University policy. Xavier also reserves the right to deny any application deemed by the University not to be within the spirit of Senate Bill 140, as interpreted by our institution.
  • The deadline to apply for the PSEO program is June 1.


Application Deadline

  • All students wishing to participate in the PSEO program must submit their complete application, including all required application materials, by June 1
  • All non-public school students wishing to participate in the PSEO program are required to complete the PSEOP application forms and obtain all necessary signatures required by the State of Ohio and Department of Education.  The Department of Education will only accept the application forms from non-public school students beginning on May 15 and ending on June 15 each year.  A Xavier University representative will sign the form and mail it to the Department of Education, only if the students provides a copy of their acceptance letter and a stamped envelope.