Higher Education Initiative

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The La Salle Explorer is more than just a mascot. Being an Explorer is our way of life. We teach our students how to blaze their own paths, togo forth into the world with certainty and purpose, and to explore relentlessly as they become the people they want to be.

Through La Salle’s Higher Education Initiative, the Explorer educational experience is available to talented and promising area high school students. Our many academic programs allow eligible students to earn college credit while simultaneously attend­ing high school. Participating high school students don’t just get head starts on their college educations. They also explore college life by learning from college professors in the company of college students.

Contact:

Liz Langemak, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Academic Partnerships
langemak@lasalle.edu
215.951.1160

Dual-Credit Programs

  • Juniors and seniors attending area high schools have the opportunity to earn dual credit as a result of a partner­ship between their high school and La Salle University.
  • Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and no history of serious disciplinary violations.
  • This program is limited to 20 high school students, with 10 spots reserved for students who will be first generation college students.
  • Students may take one La Salle course in each of the fall and spring semesters.
  • There is no cost to the student for the college courses. Eligible students may have the opportunity to receive textbook and travel assistance.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Transformation Scholar program will become available in late January of 2019.

  • Seniors attending Catholic high schools in the Archdi¬ocese of Philadelphia have the opportunity to earn dual credit as a result of a partnership between their high school, La Salle University, and the Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
  • There is no cost to the student for the college courses. Students pay only for their textbooks.
  • This program is sponsored by La Salle University in partnership with the Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Students who have been accepted into the Diocesan Scholar program by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia must also complete the Higher Education Initiative Application Form to bring to their fall registration session on campus. Accepted Diocesan Scholars need not include transcripts nor test scores.

  • Juniors and seniors attending School District of Philadelphia high schools have the opportunity to earn dual credit at La Salle University.
  • Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and no history of serious disciplinary violations.
  • Students are selected for the program by the School District of Philadelphia.
  • This program is limited to 15 students within the School District.
  • There is no cost to the student for the college courses and textbooks.
  • The program is co-sponsored by La Salle University and the School District of Philadelphia.

Interested students should contact the School District of Philadelphia or their high school principal for more information.

  • Rising juniors and seniors have the opportunity to earn college credit during a special summer session com­prised of only high school students on La Salle’s campus. Courses and textbooks are free.
  • Summer classes take place during an accelerated seven week session on La Salle’s campus.
  • Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and no history of serious disciplinary violations.
  • Students attending Philadelphia area high schools wishing to be considered for the Summer 2019 program can download the applications to print, complete, and submit beginning in late January of 2019.

 

Academic Immersion Programs

  • High-performing, motivated, and creative juniors and seniors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a day-long, college-level, academic experience focused on leadership and innovation on La Salle’s campus.
  • Participating schools can choose up to eight students.
  • Students choose between two academic experiences—both taught by La Salle University full-time faculty.
  • There is no cost to the school nor student to participate.

High schools interested in participating in this program should contact Liz Langemak, Ph.D., La Salle’s Coordinator of Academic Partnerships at langemak@lasalle.edu or 215.951.1160.