Parent Resources

Parents are an important part of a student's education. This resource page includes important information to help you guide your student through PSEO and Early College at Northwestern.

Getting connected

Visiting campus

If your student is considering attending Northwestern after high school you may contact Admissions to arrange a time visit Northwestern. You can set up a personalized visit or to attend one of our campus visit events for prospective undergraduate students.

Our admission staff is also happy to answer your questions about PSEO and Early College. Please contact an Early College/PSEO admission counselor at 651-631-5126 for a personal appointment by phone or in-person.

Student services

Once your student is admitted, the student services staff can work with your student to answer questions and encourage their success. An academic advisor can help your student to make a plan that will fit for a variety of post-high-school options while also keeping in mind their high school graduation requirements.

Additionally, the academic adviser may be consulted if the student is experiencing challenges. The deadlines for course adds, drops, and withdrawals are very important to keep in mind if a student is considering changing courses. We encourage your student to consult with their instructor and an academic advisor before making any course change decisions. Students can reach an academic advisor at 651-631-5300 or by emailing up@unwsp.edu.

Course change deadlines

Fall 2015

  • Semester Dates: August 26–December 17
  • Course registration opened: April 13
  • Last day to add/drop a course: September 9
  • (dependent upon availability)
  • Last day to withdraw from a course: November 6

Spring 2016

  • Semester Dates: January 11–May 12
  • Course registration opens: November 16, 2015
  • Last day to add/drop a course: September 9
  • (dependent upon availability)
  • Last day to withdraw from a course: April 1

Ensuring student success

Northwestern's online PSEO and Early College programs require students to have internet access to complete their courses. Please download our computer requirements.Our courses consist of online video lectures, online discussion boards, electronic assignment submission and exams, as well as textbook readings. Students have a professor to answer questions just like any other class. Our courses are offered in either an Independent Study or Online Learning Group format. Students must show responsibility, time management, and the ability to complete college level work for both types of course formats.

Independent study

An independent study course means that while you study, you are independent of other students, of weekly due dates, and of regular interaction with your professor. You may work on the course at your own pace as long as you are able to complete the course by the end of the semester.

Online learning group

An online learning group course requires that the students interact with other students and their instructor and have an added time requirement. The group of students starts the course together, works through the course materials and assignments together, and finishes together. This type of course has much greater accountability since courses have weekly due dates which are to be followed throughout the semester.

Student records

Your student and your student's education records are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA's primary purpose is to establish a uniform framework for access, review, and correction of academic records at all schools nationwide.  In primary and secondary educational institutions, FERPA grants these rights to the parent, but these rights are transferred exclusively to the student once the student reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level (i.e. a post-secondary educational institution no matter the age of the student.)  Students who wish their records to be released to a parent or third party must authorize the college in writing.  Students may find this form on theROCK > Academics tab > FERPA channel > Student Information Release Form.

We recommend that you review the FERPA Frequently Asked Questions on our website to gain more understanding about this Act.

Computer requirements

Participation in Northwestern's online courses requires the use of a personal computer with Internet access.

Download computer requirements.

Program participation

Homeschooled students

Northwestern understands the needs of homeschooled learners and will help guide you through the process. Nearly one third of our PSEO and Early College students are homeschooled and approximately 10 percent of Northwestern's traditional undergraduate students have been homeschooled.

PSEO through multiple institutions

The Minnesota PSEO program allows you to take courses through multiple institutions, but please keep in mind that you must apply to each PSEO program individually and will need to work out details with your high school.