Pre-College Academy

Pre-College Academy


The Kentucky State University Pre-College Academy is a tiered, multi-track academic enrichment residential program designed as a transition between high school and college. Tier one is Starting Line Pre-College Academy, which is a summer bridge program for high school graduates who will be first year students in the fall semester. Tier two is PCA Connect, which is a summer bridge program for transfer students who have 30 or less credit hours. Each tier of the program provides the opportunity to earn college credit, experience campus life, create effective study habits and become acclimated to KSU before their next steps in the fall. Students receive a well-rounded introduction to undergraduate academic and social life at the University. Space for each tier within Pre-College Academy is limited and participation will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. 

The Pre-College Academy would give students who may or may not be attending KSU, the opportunity to get an early start by earning 5-9 credit hours depending on their track. Each tier would provide a Liberal Core Track; however, Tier 1 would also include an Excel Admit Track. This program will be surrounded by a wealth of academic support services such as tutoring, mentoring, supplemental instruction, self-paced labs, and experiences that include aspects of college orientation, campus-centered activities, and higher education socialization.

Additionally, the Pre-College Academy will provide students exposure to High-Demand Careers, and will give students the opportunity to meet with career professionals from various fields of study. The goal is to engage students prior to the start of college, with the effort of developing an understanding of both college and workforce readiness. The intent is for the student to walk away with college credits and work force exposure.

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2021 Program Dates:
June 25 – July 31

Deadline to Apply: April 23, 2021

Program Courses:

ENG 101, ENG 102, MAT 101, MAT 115, SPE 103, HIS 108, and KSU 101.

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2021 Program Cost

The total cost of the Starting Line is $1886 per student.

The price includes:

  • 5 weeks of campus housing
  • Meal plans
  • Events/Activities
  • Tuition

Financial Aid

Students are encouraged to complete FAFSA for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 year. 2020-2021 FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible to determine aid eligibility.   If you have additional financial aid questions or need assistance, contact Monique Shaw by phone (502) 597-5960 or email:

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Adriana Palmer

Coordinator of Orientation & Pre-College Programs
(502) 597-5084