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 100 applicants for the program each year from 18 area high schools. Applicants must be in the top 25% of their high school class and complete the Ohio University placement test. A high school transcript with a letter from the high school guidance counselor confirming that the student has notified the school of his or her intent to participate in the program are required. Successful applicants must place at the 12th grade reading level on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test and at the freshmen level on both the Ohio University math and English placement test. All of these tests are given frequently on the Lancaster Campus. There is a $20 application fee which must accompany the application. The deadline for the application is May 1.
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.