Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold information sessions at 5:30 or 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, for high school sophomores and juniors and their parents interested in the University's High School Scholars Academy. The session will be held at the Cromer Banquet Room in the Cromer Center on campus. No advance registration is required.
HSSA, which began in 2007, is designed for high school students who wish to pursue a more advanced academic program for their junior or senior year of high school. Students selected for the program have the opportunity to enroll in English III Honors or English IV Honors, plus three college classes in the fall. During the spring semester, students will enroll in three additional college courses and any remaining required high school classes. Students have the potential to earn as many as 18 to 36 college credits by the time they graduate high school in spring of 2020 or 2021.
Admission consideration for HSSA is based on high school GPA, courses taken during high school, SAT, ACT, PSAT, or PLAN scores, and high school or community involvement.
According to Bradleigh Uthe, director of undergraduate admission, high school juniors and seniors earn college credit to give them an advance start at LR or another institution after high school graduation.
"One advantage to our program is that students are immersed in campus life, learning from professors with terminal degrees," Uthe said. "Our students have a jump-start on college by learning to manage college-level assignments and gain exposure to future degree options. Plus, HSSA students have access to all college student support services such as our library, peer mentors, and tutoring labs."
Applications for the 2019-20 school year are due Feb. 1, 2019. First preference for admission will be given to students enrolled in the Catawba County, Hickory Public, or Newton-Conover school systems. If space is available, the University will also consider students from private schools, homeschools, and other school systems.