LRU LogoHickory –  Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold an information session on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. for high school juniors and their parents interested in the University’s High School Scholars Academy (HSSA). The session will be held in Room 213 of the McCrorie 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 senior year of high school. Students selected for the program have the opportunity to enroll in English IV Honors, plus three college classes in the fall, and AP English (or an approved online class based on availability), plus three college classes in the spring. Students have the potential to earn as many as 18 college credits by the time they graduate high school in spring of 2019.

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 seniors earn college credit to give them an advance start at LRU 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 2018-19 school year are due on Feb. 1, 2018. 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.

For more information, contact and 828.328.7300. Additional information about the HSSA can be found online at

About Lenoir-Rhyne University: Lenoir-Rhyne University was founded in 1891 and is a private, Lutheran, coeducational university with its primary campus in Hickory, NC. Today, more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled across all campuses. Lenoir-Rhyne is affiliated with the NC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and welcomes students from all religious backgrounds. The website is