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High school students experience university life, earn college credit

For immediate release
June 17, 2005

High school students looking to earn college credit the summer before their senior year are participating in Abilene Christian University’s Junior Scholars Program May 31-June 30.  The focus for the program is "preparing for excellence."

The Junior Scholars program began more that 30 years ago and allows high school seniors to earn up to six hours of college credit, some of which also fulfill high school academic requirements.  Participants take freshman and sophomore level classes alongside current ACU students.  Junior Scholars are offered classes in public speaking, foreign languages, sciences, Bible, political science, history, art, English, psychology, and introduction to music or theatre.

This year there are 38 students participating in the program from all over Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Washington and American Samoa.

Students live in 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 ACU Campus Life Office and Office of Admissions plan activities such as trips to Schillterbahn Water Park, Putt-Putt, ACU night at the Ballpark as well as a mission trip to Ft. Worth in conjunction with Highland Church of Christ's "Into All the World" mission. 

"We have a broad range of students this year with tremendous academic ability," Corey Patterson, Director of Junior Scholars said.  "These students have an average score of 27 on the ACT and 1230 on the SAT.  They are having an amazing time and actually don’t want to go back to high school, an 'unfortunate' by-product of the program."   

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 by April 1 prior to the beginning of the program in June.  Scholarships are available on a competitive basis based on application, personal essay and academic background. 

"I believe that Junior Scholars has a tremendous effect on these students' lives.  They get a taste of college life and how difficult classes can be," Patterson said.  "I believe it sets their focus for their senior year and they know they will have to work hard and actually read the material or study."

Typically 90  percent of the students enrolled in the program attend ACU after graduation, Patterson said.

For more information about the Junior Scholars program contact the ACU Office of Admissions at 800-460-6228 or visit online at


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