The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education announced Wednesday a partnership between Holy Family University and Archbishop Ryan High School.
Ryan students who graduate with a GPA of at least 2.5 will be eligible for admission into Holy Family with application fees waived. While in high school, Ryan students will be able to take dual-credit classes at Holy Family that meet their graduation requirements and count toward university credit.
These two educational institutions hope to mutually benefit from the agreement. Students enrolled at Ryan are currently in the process of picking which courses they would like to take under the new partnership. The dual-credit courses will start at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
The president of Archbishop Ryan, Michael McArdle, said he is excited for the experience the students will gain from this agreement. “It’s a way to begin to learn college level work. It’s a great opportunity for our students,” McArdle said.
In addition to heightened academic exposure, the students will also receive considerable financial aid and scholarship benefits from Holy Family University based on their performance. Under this program, students will be able to leave high school with up to six college credits, a number McArdle said he hopes to see increase in the future.
McArdle said he sees potential for the program to heighten the reputation of both institutions among local residents. “It gives us another academic program to offer and another way to heighten a student’s academic experience,” McArdle said.
Ryan faculty and staff will also be able to take undergraduate, graduate and degree programs with waived application fees and grant opportunities.