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So You Want toAttend Patrick Henry College...

     Patrick Henry College is HSLDA’s exciting vision for academic innovation which will combine classroom instruction with real-world directed research programs, placing students as apprentices in the workplace under the close supervision of faculty mentors.
     The project is progressing quickly. In recent weeks, we have created Patrick Henry College as a Virginia not-for-profit corporation, and have received approval from the Virginia Council of Higher Education to begin promoting the school nationwide. (Of course, at this time PHC’s degree programs are not approved by the Council, and the college will be able to confer degrees only if and when it receives appropriate approval.)
     Because PHC will be a “senior college” that will provide the last two years of a bachelor’s degree education, many interested young people and their parents are understandably concerned about what they should be doing now to prepare for admission in the fall of 2000 or thereafter. Specifically:

1) What courses should students take during their freshman and sophomore years in order to transfer into Patrick Henry College as juniors? and
2) Can the student “test out” of college courses as part of the required credits?

     Unfortunately, there are as yet no definite answers to these questions. The required academic program for PHC, including those courses that will be transferred in by incoming juniors, will be planned over the course of the next year by HSLDA and college staff, along with outside consultants, in order to meet the standards of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the regional accrediting body—the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. There is no way to know now, with precision, what the final rules will be.

General Education Requirements: Transfer Credits
     However, a good rule of thumb would be for the student to take a broad range of general education courses—the “non-major” component of a Bachelor of Arts degree—during his or her first two years. A typical course breakdown might look something like the following:

Foreign Language
Natural Sciences
Social Sciences*
3 credit hours
3 credit hours
3 credit hours
6 credit hours
6 credit hours
6 credit hours
6 credit hours
6 credit hours
21 credit hours

60 credit hours
* Economics, Psychology, Sociology, etc. — not Political Science or Government.

     It is possible that the accrediting agency will require transfer credits to come from a regionally accredited university, college, or junior college, so, to be safe, enroll in classes at an accredited institution if possible.

Testing Out of Courses: CLEP and AP Tests
     The other common question involves the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) tests. These tests will be an acceptable method for achieving many of the general education requirements to enter the college. We do not yet know whether the accreditation rules will permit PHC to take CLEP and AP credits directly, or if they will need to be processed through an accredited institution prior to transfer. Rest assured that we will make the process as direct as possible, but again, to be on the safe side, if the student can convert his or her CLEP or AP test scores into credits at an accredited college, it would probably be wise to do so.
     We will keep our supporters informed as the answers to these questions become clearer. If you are not already on the mailing list for Patrick Henry College, you may join by sending an e-mail to phc@hslda.org or by calling (540) 338-1776 and speaking with college administrative assistant Angel Potter.

During a local press conference, Mike Farris describes the layout of the land for Patrick Henry College.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy
Patrick Henry College is committed to the policy that the College will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age or disability with respect to (i) student admissions, (ii) use of facilities and exercise of student privileges, (iii) scholarship and loan programs, and (iv) the hiring, discipline, discharge, benefits, compensation and other terms of employment of its faculty, administration and support staff. The College shall maintain its constitutional and statutory right to discriminate on the basis of religion in order to accomplish the religious mission of the College.