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Additional Programs of Distinction Focus on Graduate School, Career

Additional Programs of Distinction Focus on Graduate School, Career

Submitted on December 18, 2017

Georgetown College has long been known for its excellent Honors Programs, including Oxford Honors, Science Honors, and Independent Honors. The Honors Programs encourage the intellectual growth of the College community by giving highly motivated students at all levels the opportunity to pursue challenging and stimulating academic and cultural experiences.

Now, in addition to this long history of Honors Program excellence, Georgetown College is introducing three new Programs of Distinction focused specifically on preparing top students for graduate schools and careers: Pre-Law, Health Scholars, and Healthy Living and Leadership. These new Programs will focus on areas in which Georgetown’s students are already highly successful to ensure that they are fully prepared for graduate and professional schools and for career success. Georgetown recognizes the importance of professional programs such as these and is therefore pleased to offer an additional $1,000 scholarship to any student accepted into one of these programs.

Pre-Law Program

Georgetown College students have an exceptional record of law school admission with partial and full scholarships. In the past three years alone, Georgetown’s 31 pre-law graduates have been admitted to 45 different law schools, including University of California-Berkeley, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt, Emery, University of Kentucky, and Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.

Students in the Pre-Law Program receive individual advising on course selection each semester by the director, Melissa Scheier, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science. They take dedicated courses focused on developing the skills and aptitudes required for law school admission and success. Important, too, are the mentorship and internship opportunities available through Georgetown College’s many contacts and on-campus hosted events, and Pre-Law students will be encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities through internships.

Further, students in the Pre-Law Program take part in basic LSAT preparation and receive extensive law school application assistance. There are also opportunities for mock trial and model United Nations teams.

As recommended by the American Bar Association, students in pre-law will choose their own major from among Georgetown’s many excellent academic programs. While Political Science and Philosophy are common choices, pre-law students also major in English and History, Business fields, and the Social and Natural Sciences.

Health Scholars Program

Georgetown has long been known as one of the best routes to medical school in Kentucky due to a long track record of success when it comes to students being accepted into top programs, both in the state and nationally. The Health Scholars Program, directed by Tracy Livingston, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, builds on that success for students interested in a health-related career. Along with providing a community of like-minded students, the Health Scholars Program provides important professional experiences and the skills and preparation a student needs to succeed in any form of a post-graduate health program.

Georgetown College graduates are well-prepared and highly successful in everything from medicine to small and large animal veterinary practices, physical therapy, and healthcare administration.

A student with interest in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, or optometry, as well as one with interest in becoming a physician’s assistant or working in healthcare administration, should look closely at the Health Scholars Program.

Healthy Living and Leadership (HLL) Scholars Program

After years of growth in the fields of Kinesiology and Health Studies, it is time to recognize that Georgetown College has become an exceptional place to study everything from Athletic to Personal Training, and from Occupational to Physical Therapy. At Georgetown College, we understand the ecological model of healthy living – that, although healthy lifestyles require self-responsibility, one’s environment strongly impacts what people do. Along with teaching our students this in the classroom, HLL will now encourage our students to live in a healthy environment so that they can learn how to foster that environment for others in their later professional careers.

The HLL Scholars Program, directed by Brian Jones, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies (KHS), and Leslie Stamatis, Ph.D. Associate Professor of KHS, is ideal for students pursuing allied health fields in which health promotion is a cornerstone. These fields include physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, athletic training, nursing, wellness and public health, personal training, and strength coaching.

Students in the HLL program will get unique opportunities to interact with practitioners in their field of study through guaranteed internships, visits to professional schools, and on-campus programming and experiences.

Georgetown College’s KHS department is recognized for excellence by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).


Each of these Programs of Distinction has enrollment requirements specific to their respective fields of study. Click on the links above for details on each program.

Participation in any one of these Programs of Distinction requires an application and an interview. Applications are due by Feb. 1. Students selected will be invited to interview on Feb. 16, 2018.

Learn More

More information is available from the Office of Admission located in the Patterson Admission House located on campus at Main Street and Memorial Drive in Georgetown, Ky. Email or call 502-863-8009.