Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program
The purpose of the Post Secondary Options Program is to provide high school juniors and seniors who are intellectually and socially capable of doing college work with an additional education option. This is a selective program that gives high school students the opportunity to take college courses for both high school and college credit.
Ohio University Lancaster has approximately 250 applicants for the program each year from 25 area high schools. Applicants must be in the top 25% of their high school class, must have 10 high school units, and must have passed all sections of the Ohio Graduate Test or equivalent. Students must submit the PSEOP admissions application, an official copy of their high school transcript, and ACT scores if available. There is a $20 application fee that must accompany the application. The application deadline is May 1.
After meeting all requirements, there are two ways that the student's college readiness will be evaluated. If the student has a recent ACT score those scores will be used to determine whether the student meets the freshman level in reading, math and English. If the student has not taken the ACT then eligible students will be invited to take the a placement test and must score at the freshman level in the three sections listed above.
All students who wish to participate in the program must attend an initial orientation session to acquaint themselves with the procedures, rules, and processes relating to the program and the University. Students meet with an academic advisor prior to each semester to discuss course selection. Close contact is maintained with the students' high school guidance counselors to ensure proper course selection and participation in the program. Students in the program must maintain a C average (2.0) to continue in the program.
Many students who have been involved in the program find it an excellent way to start their college coursework, especially since the campus is small with small classes. Courses taken while in the program earn regular college credits that are transferable to other colleges.