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April 14, 2003

ULM's Collegiate Admissions Program Aims at Helping High School Students

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is promoting their new Collegiate Admission Program. This program allows high school students to be concurrently enrolled at their high school and at ULM, which means they earn college credit while still in high school.

Through the Collegiate Admissions Program, eligible juniors and seniors have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits by taking ULM classes. This program allows students to get ahead and prepare for the college experience while still in high school. There are also substantial fee waivers available for students who qualify.

Collegiate Admissions Program (CAP) Requirements:
-Official high school transcript with 3.0 GPA
-Recommendation from principal
-Proof of immunization
-Official ACT/SAT scores (required for partial fee waiver)

Amy Weems, ULM's High School and Community Relations Officer, says the Collegiate Admissions Program (CAP) changes students' lives. "Through the CAP, the entire education community can encourage our best students to achieve more and set ever-higher standards for themselves. Taking college courses while in high school opens up new worlds for students ­ they have access to technology, equipment, and other resources that are not available anywhere else."

Another way ULM serves students is by helping them earn and maintain the TOPS award. Many of the classes that are offered to students in the Collegiate Admissions Program satisfy TOPS standards. Students not only earn college credit, but also complete the necessary TOPS requirements. The CAP also helps schools. Many area schools face tightening budgets and increasing strains on resources. Making these courses available to their students could help alleviate some of the increasing pressures on both urban and rural school systems.

Weems also says this new program serves students by helping them make the transition to university life. "The CAP students generally meet those challenges more successfully because they have had the benefit of a transition from high school to college. Those students who have active extracurricular lives, including athletes, will find great rewards in the CAP where they can take classes during the day or at night in the spring, summer, or fall. This is also a great windfall for high school seniors who get out of class early in that they can take college courses during the day. Research shows that high school students who choose to take more academically challenging courses in their senior year are more successful as freshmen in college."

Weems and other ULM recruiters are out in area high schools now talking about ULM and the Collegiate Admissions Program.

For more information, contact Amy Weems at the ULM Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 318-342-5489 or via email at
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