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Racer Academy

Every course counts with Racer Academy! 

Murray State’s Racer Academy dual-credit program provides a nationally-ranked educational experience for high school juniors and seniors who are looking to get ahead in their college experience. Our success track pathways are available in multiple disciplines and are stackable credentials that can be easily applied to a degree at Murray State.

Benefits of enrolling in Racer Academy

  • Meet your high school course requirements while earning college credits at the same time.
  • Get ahead, stay ahead. Get a head start in your college experience and graduate in four years or less from Murray State.
  • Earn a Racer Academy transition certificate when you complete 12 credit hours in a pathway that transitions directly into Murray State.
  • A high-quality, best-value educational experience. Murray State has been ranked for 29 straight years as a Top-Tier University by U.S. News and World Report, and as one of America’s Top College by Forbes for 12 straight years. 
  • Choose from multiple disciplines ranging from nursing to science, business to agriculture, and the humanities to education.
  • Gain access to state-of-the-art resources such as Waterfield Library and Murray State’s computer labs. 
Alumni Testimonial
Jillian Smith

Jillian Smith, Sophomore, Murray State
Political Science and Journalism double major

“Racer Academy gave me the opportunity to earn college credit while I was still in high school. I had the added bonus of learning new teaching methods which better prepared me when I started college. I would recommend Racer Academy to anyone who has the desire to learn, and wants to get a head start in their college career.”

Success Track Pathways - positioning you for success

Our Success Track Pathways enable you to not only get a head-start on their collegiate experience by earning college credits, but position yourself for success in a chosen career. Six specific pathways ranging from nursing to science, business to agriculture, and the humanities to education are offered. A University Studies/Undeclared pathway is also an option. Led by supportive faculty members who are experts in their field, the Racer Academy curriculum places you on a pathway to a lifetime of career fulfillment.

Racer Academy Success Pathways

Nursing and Health Professions Pathway

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry - 4 credit hours.

Instruction and practice in close reading, research, and critical thinking as applied to academic writing, with emphasis on analysis, synthesis, and argument. ENG 101 in combination with ENG 102 will substitute for ENG 105. International students admitted unconditionally may take ENG 105. Prerequisites: English ACT of at least 18 and Reading ACT score of at least 20.

COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking

COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking - 3 credit hours.

Organization and presentation of ideas through participation in frequent speech activities. Students present speeches to inform, solve problems and persuade. Communication needs of the individual students are considered and guidance is given by the instructor.

ECO 190 Consumer Economics

ECO 190 Consumer Economics - 3 credit hours.

The course prepares the student to manage his or her own personal financial affairs in a competent manner as well as providing a foundation for later study and work in the financial planning field. Designed to meet the needs of both business and non-business majors. Cannot receive credit for both ECO 190 and FIN 230.

NTN 230 Nutrition

NTN 230 Nutrition - 3 credit hours.

Principles of nutrition related to normal health include ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic factors that determine eating patterns; nutrient components of foods and their functions; physical and chemical processes of using food nutrients.

EDP 260 Psychology of Human Development

EDP 260 Psychology of Human Development - 3 credit hours.

A study of the systematic changes in the cognitive, behavioral, social, and biological functioning of the individual across the developmental stages of life. Note: Cannot be counted toward both teacher certification and the psychology major or minor. Field hours required.

 

Official class descriptions are available in the Academic Bulletin.

Science, Engineering and Technology Pathway

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry - 4 credit hours.

Instruction and practice in close reading, research, and critical thinking as applied to academic writing, with emphasis on analysis, synthesis, and argument. ENG 101 in combination with ENG 102 will substitute for ENG 105. International students admitted unconditionally may take ENG 105. Prerequisites: English ACT of at least 18 and Reading ACT score of at least 20.

MAT 140 College Algebra

MAT 140 College Algebra - 4 credit hours. Course develops and extends the student’s basic algebra concepts and problem-solving skills in the context of functions, models, and applications. Topics include exponents and radicals, graphing, setting up and solving equations in linear, quadratic, and other forms, systems of equations, and operations on functions. Properties and applications of linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions are studied. Prerequisite: ACT math standard score of at least 21.”

COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking

COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking - 3 credit hours.

Organization and presentation of ideas through participation in frequent speech activities. Students present speeches to inform, solve problems and persuade. Communication needs of the individual students are considered and guidance is given by the instructor.

ECO 190 Consumer Economics

ECO 190 Consumer Economics - 3 credit hours.

The course prepares the student to manage his or her own personal financial affairs in a competent manner as well as providing a foundation for later study and work in the financial planning field. Designed to meet the needs of both business and non-business majors. Cannot receive credit for both ECO 190 and FIN 230.

CSC 199 Introduction to Information Technology

CSC 199 Introduction to Information Technology - 3 credit hours.

Course is designed for students pursuing any program of study. A student taking this course will gain competency with file management, word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics software. In addition, the student will become familiar with general computer technology such as computer hardware, computer operations, networks, the Internet and the World Wide Web. Prerequisite: Math ACT score of at least 19.”

 

Official class descriptions are available in the Academic Bulletin.

Business/Entrepreneurial Pathway

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry - 4 credit hours.

Instruction and practice in close reading, research, and critical thinking as applied to academic writing, with emphasis on analysis, synthesis, and argument. ENG 101 in combination with ENG 102 will substitute for ENG 105. International students admitted unconditionally may take ENG 105. Prerequisites: English ACT of at least 18 and Reading ACT score of at least 20.

COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking

COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking - 3 credit hours.

Organization and presentation of ideas through participation in frequent speech activities. Students present speeches to inform, solve problems and persuade. Communication needs of the individual students are considered and guidance is given by the instructor.

ECO 190 Consumer Economics

ECO 190 Consumer Economics - 3 credit hours.

The course prepares the student to manage his or her own personal financial affairs in a competent manner as well as providing a foundation for later study and work in the financial planning field. Designed to meet the needs of both business and non-business majors. Cannot receive credit for both ECO 190 and FIN 230.

CSC 199 Introduction to Information Technology

CSC 199 Introduction to Information Technology - 3 credit hours.

Course is designed for students pursuing any program of study. A student taking this course will gain competency with file management, word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics software. In addition, the student will become familiar with general computer technology such as computer hardware, computer operations, networks, the Internet and the World Wide Web. Prerequisite: math ACT score of at least 19 or MAT 096 (or higher).

BUS 215 Business Communication

BUS 215 Business Communication - 3 credit hours.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the principles of business communication and give him/her practice in solving business problems through the use of written communications, research and report writing, and oral communications. Prerequisite: ENG 105 or the equivalent.

 

Official class descriptions are available in the Academic Bulletin.

Education and Human Services Pathway

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry - 4 credit hours.

Instruction and practice in close reading, research, and critical thinking as applied to academic writing, with emphasis on analysis, synthesis, and argument. ENG 101 in combination with ENG 102 will substitute for ENG 105. International students admitted unconditionally may take ENG 105. Prerequisites: English ACT of at least 18 and Reading ACT score of at least 20.

COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking

COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking - 3 credit hours.

Organization and presentation of ideas through participation in frequent speech activities. Students present speeches to inform, solve problems and persuade. Communication needs of the individual students are considered and guidance is given by the instructor.

EDU 180 Exploring the Teaching Profession

EDU 180 Exploring the Teaching Profession - 3 credit hours. Course introduces potential teacher candidates to the work and culture of the teaching profession through required clinical observations and interactions in an appropriate school setting in early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary school environments. Candidates will actively explore the importance of professional identity, roles and responsibilities; knowledge, skills, and dispositions; student-centered practice; and students’ developmental and cultural needs. By the end of this course, candidates will know if teaching is their career choice. Clinical experiences required.

ECO 190 Consumer Economics

ECO 190 Consumer Economics - 3 credit hours.

The course prepares the student to manage his or her own personal financial affairs in a competent manner as well as providing a foundation for later study and work in the financial planning field. Designed to meet the needs of both business and non-business majors. Cannot receive credit for both ECO 190 and FIN 230.

EDU 280 Educating for Human Development

EDU 280 Educating for Human Development - 3 credit hours.

Course addresses human development as a foundation for student learning across the lifespan. Specifically, candidates will develop a basis for creating developmentally appropriate instruction and assessment. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the importance of building relationships, developing collaborative partnerships, and creating a culturally responsive, studentcentered environment to meet all students’ needs. Clinical experiences required.

 

Official class descriptions are available in the Academic Bulletin.

Humanities and Fine Arts Pathway

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry - 4 credit hours.

Instruction and practice in close reading, research, and critical thinking as applied to academic writing, with emphasis on analysis, synthesis, and argument. ENG 101 in combination with ENG 102 will substitute for ENG 105. International students admitted unconditionally may take ENG 105. Prerequisites: English ACT of at least 18 and Reading ACT score of at least 20.

COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking

COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking - 3 credit hours.

Organization and presentation of ideas through participation in frequent speech activities. Students present speeches to inform, solve problems and persuade. Communication needs of the individual students are considered and guidance is given by the instructor.

POL 140 American National Government

POL 140 American National Government - 3 credit hours. The American political system, its constitution, institutions and processes. An approved social science University Studies elective.

ECO 190 Consumer Economics

ECO 190 Consumer Economics - 3 credit hours.

The course prepares the student to manage his or her own personal financial affairs in a competent manner as well as providing a foundation for later study and work in the financial planning field. Designed to meet the needs of both business and non-business majors. Cannot receive credit for both ECO 190 and FIN 230.

HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition

HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition - 3 credit hours.

An exploration and analysis of the major ideas and questions in the humanities, as these have been expressed in works from the ancient past to the modern world. A student cannot have credit for both this course and HON 251. Prerequisite: ENG 105 or 150 or equivalent.

 

Official class descriptions are available in the Academic Bulletin.

Agriculture Pathway

Supports High School CTE Pathways.

The fifteen hour Agriculture pathway is designed to support KDE Career and Technical Education pathways for Kentucky high school students. This pathway will allow for multiple industry-based and KDE-approved stacked credentials (Plant Science, Animal Science, Bayer/Elanco/ICEV certificates and End of Program Assessment.

AGR 100 Animal Science

AGR 100 Animal Science - 3 credit hours.

This is a basic course in animal science including the importance and place of livestock in agriculture; types, market classes and grades of beef, sheep, poultry and swine; origin and characteristics of breeds; and the judging of beef, sheep and swine.

AGR 140 Plant Science

AGR 140 Plant Science - 3 credit hours.

A study of general plant science principles including basic plant anatomy, physiology and interactions with the surrounding environment.

AGR 160 Horticultural Science

AGR 160 Horticultural Science - 3 credit hours.

A study of the practical principles and practices used in horticulture.

AGR 182 Introduction to Veterinary Science

AGR 182 Introduction to Veterinary Science - 3 credit hours.

Course examines basic principles of veterinary science, including breeds, biology, veterinary tools parasitology, office management, animal control, and basic clinical exam techniques for large and small animals. The purpose of this course is to provide upper classmen agricultural education students, at the high school level, with an introduction to the basic principles of veterinary science. This requires students to understand the biology of both large and small breeds of animals, as well as specifics related to the area of veterinary medicine. This class will build a foundation for those high school students interested in the area of veterinary science while serving as a dual credit course to gain elective credit through Murray State University.

AGR 199 Contemporary Issues in Agriculture

AGR 199 Contemporary Issues in Agriculture - 3 credit hours. A course designed to increase the understanding, awareness, and critical analysis of contemporary agricultural issues and their effect upon the social, political, economic and cultural aspects of society. Topics will include environmental, bio-technology, animal, crop, career, economy and trade, agricultural policy, food quality/safety and international agriculture issues.

 

Official class descriptions are available in the Academic Bulletin.

University Studies/Undeclared Pathway

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry - 4 credit hours.

Instruction and practice in close reading, research, and critical thinking as applied to academic writing, with emphasis on analysis, synthesis, and argument. ENG 101 in combination with ENG 102 will substitute for ENG 105. International students admitted unconditionally may take ENG 105. Prerequisites: English ACT of at least 18 and Reading ACT score of at least 20.

COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking

COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking - 3 credit hours.

Organization and presentation of ideas through participation in frequent speech activities. Students present speeches to inform, solve problems and persuade. Communication needs of the individual students are considered and guidance is given by the instructor.

ECO 190 Consumer Economics

ECO 190 Consumer Economics - 3 credit hours.

The course prepares the student to manage his or her own personal financial affairs in a competent manner as well as providing a foundation for later study and work in the financial planning field. Designed to meet the needs of both business and non-business majors. Cannot receive credit for both ECO 190 and FIN 230.

CSC 199 Introduction to Information Technology

CSC 199 Introduction to Information Technology - 3 credit hours.

Course is designed for students pursuing any program of study. A student taking this course will gain competency with file management, word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics software. In addition, the student will become familiar with general computer technology such as computer hardware, computer operations, networks, the Internet and the World Wide Web. Prerequisite: math ACT score of at least 19 or MAT 096 (or higher).

NLS 290 Introduction to the Role of Service and the Nonprofit Sector

NLS 290 Introduction to the Role of Service and the Nonprofit Sector - 3 credit hours.

Course is designed to introduce students to notions of service and volunteering, as well as to the broad roles of nonprofit organizations in society. Includes an emphasis on the values embodied in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, such as service, volunteering, human and cultural diversity, trust, stewardship, and social justice. Provides a direct exposure to the working of a local nonprofit organization or community service organization through service learning projects. Part of the Service Learning Scholars Program.

 

Official class descriptions are available in the Academic Bulletin.

Alumni Testimonial
J.T. Payne

J.T. Payne, agriculture teacher
Henderson County High School

“I have experienced Racer Academy through two different lenses: first as a high school student and now as a high school educator. Racer Academy is unique because students are able to earn college credit while collaborating with both their high school teacher and a college faculty member. I proudly recommend Racer Academy each year to all of my junior and and senior agriculture students!”

Admission requirements

  • You must be a high school junior or senior. 
  • You must have a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or rank in top half of class.
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What do I need to apply?

Submit the following:

  • Complete the Racer Academy Application for Admission.  
    Already started your application, but haven't submitted it yet? Log back into your account and select "Complete an Application" at the bottom of your "My Account" page.
  • Submit High School Transcript.
  • Submit ACT, or SAT Test scores from the testing agency or posted on your high school transcript for courses with prerequisite requirements.
  • Minimum scores required are:
    • For English Course Requirements: English ACT = 18 and Reading ACT = 20; Writing and Language  SAT = 480 and Reading SAT=480; 
    • For MAT 140 Course Requirements: Math ACT = 21; Math SAT = 550; 
  • Recommendation from high school counselor: Guidance Counselor/Principal Approval Form

How do I apply for admission?

  1. Complete a Racer Academy Admission Application.
    Needing to log back in to complete your app? Log back in to your account  and select "Complete an Application" at the bottom of your "My Account" page.
  2. Select a course from Murray State's class schedule. All Racer Academy class sections begin with "R". Seats in some Racer Academy courses are limited.
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  3. The Guidance Counselor/Principal Approval form  MUST accompany the Admission Application signed by the high school guidance counselor or principal.
  4. Tuition payment can be made through myGate. If a parent(s) is employed by Murray State, a tuition waiver may be used to pay the course tuition.
  5. Official Transcripts and ACT scores should be submitted along with the application. Murray State University will accept AccuPlacer, KYOTE and ALEKS scores for placement purposes. 
  6. All items should be emailed to Jennifer Smith at jsmith143@murraystate.edu

After Admission

  • You will be admitted when all required documents have been reviewed, and it is determined that admission requirements have been met.
  • After you are admitted, you will receive an email from Racer Academy Admissions with your Murray State ID (M number) and myGate password. If you do not receive a letter before classes start, contact the Service Desk at 270.809.2346.
  • The Registrar's Office will register you in the course.
  • Canvas is the delivery tool for all online courses. Once registered, log into Canvas to see the course shell. Course work will not be available until the first day of class. If a problem occurs, call the Murray State Service Desk at 270.809.2346.
  • Tuition and fee expenses can be found on this page, or from your guidance counselor, or by calling the Bursar's Office at 270.809.4227. The Bursar's Office is responsible for the collection of all fees owed to the University.
  • All billing statements are available to view on your myGate account. Email notifications will be sent when bills are available to view.
  • If you wish to drop a class, you need to complete the Racer Academy Withdrawal/Drop form and fax to Kristi Jackson at 270.809.3777.
  • If you are a returning Racer Academy student, an email from the guidance counselor should be sent to jsmith143@murraystate.edu with your name and the course(s) you want to take, a  Guidance Counselor/Principal Approval form  signed by the guidance counselor and you and an updated transcript. 

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Contact Racer Academy

Jennifer Smith
Coordinator
Student Engagement and Success
425 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071
jsmith143@murraystate.edu
270.809.2684
Haley Tidwell
Office of the Provost
333 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071
htidwell2@murraystate.edu
270.809.6464