Ninety-eight percent of fall 2020 freshman class entered Murray State with pre-existing college credits

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s Racer Academy has introduced new certificates for high school students, establishing pathways that apply directly toward a degree at Murray State. Racer Academy, a dual-credit program offered to high school juniors and seniors looking to work ahead on their college plans, is under the direction of the University’s Center for Adult and Regional Education.

Murray State University’s Racer Academy has introduced new certificates for high school students, establishing pathways that apply directly toward a degree at Murray State.

Racer Academy students earn certificates after completing 12 credit hours in their degree pathway. The new system ensures students stay on track with courses that count toward graduation requirements in their desired field. Pathway options include nursing and health professions, science and engineering, business and entrepreneurship, agriculture, humanities, the arts, education and human services.

Led by supportive faculty members who are experts in their field, the Racer Academy curriculum sets students on a pathway to a lifetime of career fulfillment through specially-designed courses and personalized academic support. 

A recent report by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education highlights the importance of dual-credit programs, finding that participants were more likely to persist to a second year of college and earn a first-year GPA of 3.0 or higher when compared to their non-participating peers.

“We’re looking forward to working with students, their families, counselors and schools on developing an outstanding dual-credit experience,” said Dan Lavit, executive director of the Center for Adult and Regional Education. “From cost savings to greater persistence to graduation, there are so many benefits to being a part of Racer Academy.”

To join the Racer Academy, potential students must be a high school junior or senior with a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or rank in the top half of their class. Individuals, including high school administrators, teachers and students can learn more and get started today at murraystate.edu/raceracademy.

Students who are undecided about their major are encouraged to visit murraystate.mymajors.com for an assessment quiz that suggests possible programs for them at Murray State.

For more information, visit murraystate.edu/raceracademy or contact Lisa Schmidt at 270-809-2159.

All within the past month, Murray State has received the following recognitions:

  • “Top-Tier University” by U.S. News & World Report – 30 consecutive years
  • “Best Bang for the Buck” – Washington Monthly
  • “2020 Best College” – Money Magazine
  • “2021 Best Colleges in America” – Niche
  • “Best Colleges 2021” – Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
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