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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Patrick Henry College is now officially receiving student applications for the academic year starting in the fall of 2000.
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) met on Tuesday, Dec. 14, and voted unanimously to approve the college’s admissions standards. Earlier in the morning, the council’s planning committee made a unanimous recommendation for approval.
Michael Farris, president of Patrick Henry College, said “The unanimous vote of the Council, which permits PHC to enroll students and begin classes, is a strong affirmation of our commitment to academic excellence in Christ-centered higher education.”
Patrick Henry College demonstrated to SCHEV’s satisfaction that it possesses the necessary components to begin admitting students. Components include a sound financial base, an excellent academic program, suitable facilities, top faculty, an efficient process for admissions, a solid student base from which to draw, and good library resources.
Admissions standards for Patrick Henry College include strong academic skills, a good high school record, SAT scores, an essay on personal faith, a passion for the college’s mission, letters of recommendation and an excellent personal interview.
The college’s mission is to provide academically excellent higher education with a biblical worldview using apprenticeship methodology.
In the first years, Patrick Henry College will offer only a major in Government. The mission of the Department of Government is to promote practical application of biblical principles and the original intent of the founding documents of the American republic, while preparing students for lives of public service, advocacy and leadership.
The college’s next step is to gain approval to grant degrees. That will require SCHEV representatives to visit the college site after it opens.