High school students who yearn to begin college can start as early as ninth grade, thanks to the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) and the University of Cincinnati.
UC offers Cincinnati-area students the chance to earn as much as 15 college credits per quarter while earning their high school credit. To enroll for the 2005-06 school year, students should notify their high school guidance counselors of their interest in the UC Uptown PSEOP by March 31.
The application deadline for fall quarter is April 15. Students hoping to take winter classes need to apply by Nov. 15, while the spring deadline is Feb. 1. Only one application per year is necessary. Barbara Bucey, program coordinator for UC’s Educational Services, says students who have missed the deadline may still be eligible and should consult with their high school guidance counselor.
Those eligible to earn both high school and college credit will have their tuition, fees, and book expenses paid for by their school district. Students enrolled for college credit only are responsible for tuition, fees and book expenses.
Bucey says UC’s PSEOP is most popular with students from the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts, Princeton High School and Finneytown High School – with Taylor, Loveland, Fairfield, Madiera and Lakota East coming in as close seconds.
However, all qualifying Ohio students who live within a 50-mile radius of the uptown campus are eligible. Students must carry a “B” average or a cumulative 3.00 out of 4.00 grade point average.
Bucey says 63 PSEOP students are enrolled for UC’s winter quarter – one freshman, three sophomores, 12 juniors and 47 seniors. The average age of enrolled students is 17-years-old, even though the youngest participant is 15-years-old.
UC’s office of Educational Services has more information online, including the full requirements and frequently asked questions at: http://www.esit.uc.edu/pseop
Students wanting to enroll at the Raymond Walters College or Clermont campus are also eligible, but need to contact those campuses directly for enrollment information.