Resources for Parents and Guardians

Parents are an integral part of student success. Help your student get off to a good start with these helpful resources.

Student and parent at home

We believe that parents and guardians play an important role in a student's education. Here you will find information to help guide your student through PSEO and Early College at Northwestern. Additionally, more information can be found on our FAQ page

If you would like to visit campus, you may contact admissions to arrange a time to visit. You can set up a personalized visit or attend one of our campus visit events for prospective undergraduate students. Our admissions staff is also happy to answer your questions about PSEO and Early College. Please call UNW's appointment coordinator at (651) 631-5126 or schedule your appointment online at

Student services

Once your student is admitted, UNW has numerous services available to help them succeed.

Available student services include: Career & Leadership Development, Disability Services, and other Academic Success Services like the Writing Center, Subject Tutoring, and Academic Coaching.

Additionally, your student will be assigned an academic advisor upon admittance. Their advisor will help them navigate the college experience and create an academic plan that works to fulfil both their high school and collegiate goals.

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 for their records to be released to a parent or third party must authorize the college in writing. 

The student information release for and other FERPA-related information can be found on the FERPA Frequently Asked Questions page. 

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. Students and homeschool administrators are still responsible for determining their high school graduation requirements. 

A transcript template is available for your use.

PSEO through multiple institutions

The Minnesota PSEO program allows students to take courses through multiple institutions, but please keep in mind that students must apply to each PSEO program individually and will need to work out these details with their high school. Students can take up to 18 total credits each semester through PSEO.

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