Saint Louis University's Visiting Young Scholars Program
Saint Louis University's Visiting Young Scholars (VYS) Program provides the opportunity for a select group of current high school students to begin their college experience in regular lower division Saint Louis University classes on the SLU campus, prior to high school graduation. The VYS Program attempts to bridge the gap between high school honors courses, AP classes or dual credit opportunities such as the 1818 Advanced College Credit Program (http://1818.slu.edu), and full-time college student status. The VYS Program attempts to provide these select students the option of advancing academically prior to entering SLU as a full time student by participating in this dual enrollment program (Pending space availability).
VYS is designed to provide specific academic growth options for the exceptional student who may fit one or more of the following categories:
- Has completed all of the course work in a particular discipline that his or her high school offers through the 1818 Advanced College Credit Program or other comparable dual credit programs, and/or the appropriate Advanced Placement courses.
- Currently attends a high school that does not offer courses at the appropriately advanced level to challenge the exceptional student.
- Currently attends a high school that does not offer dual credit and/or Advanced Placement courses.
- Is currently home schooled, and is prepared to advance academically, but is not fully prepared to matriculate as a full time student.
- Wishes to challenge himself or herself with college course work during the summer between their Junior and Senior years.
VYS Eligibility Requirements
To participate in the Visiting Young Scholars Program, a student must meet the following requirements:
- Entering Grades 11 or 12
- Hold a 3.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
- Have combined PSAT scores of approximately 180, or SAT scores of 1800, or ACT of 28, or PLAN scores of 25.
- Complete and submit a personal application by the appropriate deadlines below:
- Fall - August 1st
- Spring - December 1st
- Summer - May 1st
- Submit a recommendation from a school administrator, counselor, or teacher. In the case of home schooled students, recommendation may also come from a coach, activities supervisor, or designated mentor other than a parent.
- Returning VYS students in good standing need not reapply after their initial semester.
VYS students may enroll as a non-matriculating visiting student in courses for which they have met SLU prerequisites on a space available basis at a tuition rate of $350 per credit hour. VYS students should expect to pay the same lab fees as full-time matriculated students, as appropriate.
The VYS Program is designed to support exceptional high school students in the continuing academic, social, psychological and spiritual growth the college experience provides, on an aesthetically appealing campus in a culturally diverse community.
Tangible student benefits include access to campus libraries, computer labs, museums, athletic activities, and various social and cultural events.
VYS courses are recorded on a Saint Louis University transcript, applicable toward a degree at Saint Louis University upon matriculation, and transferable to other colleges or universities. Determination of VYS courses counting toward high school graduation is at the discretion of the high school administration.
Students may register in lower division undergraduate classes (100 and 200 level).
Registration materials for VYS students include the following:
- Completed Visiting Young Scholars' Application
- Completed Visiting Young Scholars' Recommendation
- Current official high school transcript
Registration packets should be mailed to:
Gayle Rogan, Ph.D., Program Director
1818 Advanced College Credit Program
3634 Lindell Blvd.
Verhaegen Hall #108
St. Louis, MO 63108
Student registrations will be processed through the Registrar's office, pending approval of the student's registration packet by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
VYS Application Deadlines
Fall - August 1st
Spring - December 1st
Summer - May 1st
Gayle Rogan, Ph.D., Director
1818 Advanced College Credit Program