Young Scholars Academy

Last Updated: 1/25/2022 3:09 PM

Applications are now closed.  If you are interested in YSA, please reach out to Dr. Dempsey at

In order to apply, scholars must have:

  • 3.0 unweighted high school GPA
  • One of the following:
    • ACT math score of 19+
    • KYOTE College Algebra exam score of 13+
    • KYOTE College Readiness exam score of 22+


KYOTE exam preparation materials:

Being a YSA scholar means that you spend your academic day (8 AM - 2 PM) on NKU’s campus taking the course load of a full-time college student.  It also means that you are enveloped in a community of like-minded scholars who value education.  At YSA, we believe that ALL scholars should learn how to navigate the higher education system; we have a full-time staff dedicated to making your college experience great! You will learn with a cohort of scholars, lead your peers, and learn the skills and mindset to become a successful college graduate.  In your senior year, you will have dedicated mentorship during your college application process from professional educators who are just as invested in your success as you are.

Did you know?

  • The average time it takes a full-time college student to complete a bachelor’s degree is 4.9 years, according to the KY Council on Postsecondary Education.

  • Each extra year spent in school completing a bachelor’s degree can cost a student almost 70 thousand dollars when considering the cost of attendance and the lost wages.

  • 79% of students who complete 30 or more credit hours in their first year of full-time college end up completing their degree.

Want to be a college graduate? Young Scholars Academy can help!

  • YSA students save 79% on the the cost for the first two years of college at NKU--more than twenty thousand dollars

  • Finish either an associate’s degree or the first two years of a bachelor’s degree while finishing your high school diploma

  • Explore your options through general education curriculum

  • Focus in on future goals with structured career tracks

  • Free up time to change your major, study abroad, start graduate school early, or join the workforce when you are ready


YSA has a proven track record!

  • We retain 90% of our students from year one to year two (higher than the state average for first year college students!)

  • 78% of our scholars have an unweighted college GPA of 3.0 or higher


YSA has degree plan options for scholars interested in:

  • Pre-Engineering

  • BioChemistry

  • Fine Arts

  • Humanities

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Natural Sciences and Math

  • Business

  • Computer Science


Want to learn more? Contact:

Dr. Amanda Dempsey
Early College Supervisor
Young Scholars Academy