Scholars’ College hosts recruiting event for ADVANCE students

· · Scholars’ College hosts recruiting event for ADVANCE students

By Harriette Palmer, ADVANCE associate director

NATCHITOCHES – The Louisiana Scholars’ College (LSC) at Northwestern State University hosted a recruiting event for participants of NSU’s ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars  who are rising 10th – 12th grade students. ADVANCE is a three-week residential program that offers a challenging and rewarding curriculum for academically motivated middle and high school students. Students enroll in one course for three weeks of intense and demanding study and cover an entire year’s worth of school material. Courses have approximately 15 students creating a low student-faculty ratio and are taught by a talented group of highly qualified Instructor-Teaching Assistant (TA) teams.

While the academic curriculum is central to the ADVANCE experience, the program ensures that students have a fabulous time when they are not in class. The residential staff members offer a wide variety of social and recreational activities to assist in creating lasting friendships and strengthen the ADVANCE community.

ADVANCE students come from many different backgrounds and have a wide variety of opinions and beliefs. Engaging in such diversity is part of the educational experience that the program provides, and ADVANCE encourages students to appreciate the similarities and respect the differences that make each student unique.

The Scholars’ College serves as Louisiana’s selective-admission honors college of the liberal arts and sciences. Its mission is to provide students with a rigorous, customized honors education firmly grounded in the liberal arts and sciences.  Students may pursue a traditional major or an interdisciplinary concentration in classical studies, fine and performing arts, foreign languages, humanities and social thought, philosophy, politics, and economics or scientific inquiry.

The Scholars’ College offers small classes, a close-knit community, and supportive faculty who are committed to student success. Most classes are seminars in which ideas are exchanged in an open and supportive environment. There are also opportunities for internships, undergraduate research and study abroad.

Applying to college, qualifying scores and scholarship opportunities and deadlines were discussed with ADVANCE students.

Information on the Louisiana Scholars’ College can be found at



About the Author:

Leah Jackson is Northwestern State University's Director of Public Information and Media Relations. She is a 1994 and 2011 graduate of NSU and has been on staff since 2004.