Program guidelines for post-secondary option

    • Students interested in participating in PSO at Bluffton University must submit an application for admission into the program. The deadline for applications is May 15 for any semester of the following year.
    • A maximum of 50 students will be accepted into PSO each year.
    • Students who wish to continue their participation in PSO must re-apply each semester, as well as maintain a 3.5 or better cumulative grade point average (this will be reviewed at the end of each academic year.) A re-application form will be sent to the student's home prior to each semester.
    • Admission to the PSO program does not guarantee that a student will be able to enroll in a given course since the university has a primary obligation to first serve the needs of the university's degree-seeking students.
    • Unless previously approved by the course instructor and the registrar, no more than 15 percent of the students in any course section shall be PSO students.
    • Students are responsible for consulting with their high school guidance counselor to determine if and how courses compiled through PSO will fulfill high school graduation requirements.
    • Admitted students must attend a PSO orientation session in August prior to course registration.
    • Students in PSO will be limited each semester to taking no more than eight semester hours or three courses, whichever is greater.
    • Registration will be by seniority: seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen.
    • PSO course registration will be mid-August for fall semester and mid-December for spring semester.
    • The registrar s office will annually compile a list of courses for which accepted PSO students will be allowed to register on a space-available basis. Course selection will be limited each semester.
    • The high school guidance counselor will monitor the total number of Carnegie units a student takes. If that student exceeds eight Carnegie units, he/she will be required to register the classes in excess of eight Carnegie units under Option A.
    • PSO students must return textbooks and any software to the registrar's office on the last day of exams for each semester. Grades will not be given until textbooks and software are returned. (This does not apply to students continuing in classes that require the same textbook the next semester).
    • Students in PSO who receive a grade lower than C- in a college course will not be allowed to continue in the program without making special arrangements with the registrar.
    • Failure to complete a course (or properly drop a course) for reasons other than those accepted by the student's school district may result in any or all financial obligation for the course defaulting to the student or the student's parent.
    • If after high school graduation you enroll at Bluffton University, the credit earned will be applied toward graduation requirements.