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High school seniors experience college life at ACU

For immediate release
June 25, 2004

High school students who are looking to get ahead the summer before their senior year are participating in Abilene Christian University's Junior Scholar Program June 1—July 1.  The focus for the program is "preparing for excellence."

The Junior Scholars program began more than 30 years ago and is a way for high school seniors to earn up to six hours of college credit, some of which also fulfills high school academic requirements.  Students take freshman and sophomore level summer courses alongside current ACU students.  Classes available to Junior Scholars include public speaking, foreign languages, sciences, Bible, political science, history, art English, psychology and introduction to music or theatre.

Participants live in the residence halls, dine in ACU's cafeteria and participate in Bible studies and devotionals.  Spiritual and academic growth is encouraged through Career Development Seminars and Honors Colloquia.  The Campus Activities Team at ACU plans social activities for the students who also have access to ACU's recreation facilities. 

"Students in the program enjoy the opportunity to experience college a year in advance," Dana Jaworski, enrollment services manager at ACU said.  "Staying in the residence halls, attending classes, eating in the cafeteria and participating in on-campus activities allows them to know if ACU is a good fit for them."

Admission to the program is based on a standard application of admission to the university, an academic reference form and a character reference form.  Notifications of admission to the program and scholarship awards are made in March prior to the beginning of the program in June.  Typically 85 – 95 percent of the students enrolled in the program attend ACU after graduation.   

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