LCU starting Scholars Academy for stand-out high schoolers to earn two years of college credit

Louisiana Christian University launches the Louisiana Christian Scholars Academy this fall for high school students looking for a serious jump-start on their college studies.


It is designed to offer high school students 60 hours of college credit over two full years,” said LCU President Dr. Rick Brewer. “They will earn an associate of arts degree in general studies.

The best part—the cost of the program is only $2500 per semester for 15 hours of credit, including textbooks. Any level high school student who meets the ACT of 20 and academic criteria is eligible to participate.

Students may attend remotely or attend classes on campus. LCSA students will receive LCU Student IDs and will be welcome to attend campus activities, athletic events, Chapel, Baptist Collegiate Ministry events, cultural events and have access to the Louisiana Athletic Club.

Interested students should apply online now at the Scholars Academy web page.

Information sessions will be held in late spring/early summer and will include in Welcome Week activities.

“Parents seeking a Christ-centered education for their high school student need to look no further than Louisiana Christian University and our Scholars Academy,” said LCU President Dr. Rick Brewer. “In the midst of a decaying culture, LCSA offers an alternative that promotes God and Country while equiping students with the requisite ‘tools’ needed to approach the world with a Christocentric mindset.”

Students will be enrolled in co-horts and will progress through to an A.A. degree in four semesters, said Dr. Cheryl Clark, provost and vice president of academic affairs.

It is important to register early to ensure your spot for the semester you plan to begin.

High school students not enrolled in the LCSA will still be able to enroll in dual enrollment courses at a per hour rate.

“High school students will be earning legitimate college credit being taught by seasoned professors with terminal degrees,” Brewer said. “Plus, they can live anywhere and do this. Local, statewide online, homeschoolers—it’s open to any high-achieving, scholarly student.”

Those who qualify for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) grant for college, could have a year or two of funds left to work on their master’s degrees, if they complete their A.A. through the LCSA.

“They’ll start college with two years already done, Brewer said. “They could be starting their master’s degree in year 3 of college.”

More information is available on the Scholars Academy website. There are no residential requirements, but space is limited.


Media Release | March 27, 2023 | Pineville, Louisiana
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth B. Clarke, Director of University Communications |