The Scholars Program

Admission Requirements and Procedures

General Information and Eligibility

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Most students enter the Program at the beginning of their freshman year, while others join after having earned some college credit. It is possible to enter the Program in either the fall or spring semester.

Students interested in joining the Scholars Program must:

Note: students with more than 60 hours of college credit cannot be admitted to the Program, nor can students enrolled in the small number of Benedictine University undergraduate degree programs that terminate off-campus (e.g., the Dual Acceptance Program with Midwestern University in Pre-Pharmacy).

Basic Qualifications for Prospective Students

Three basic qualifications are generally required of prospective students who come to the Scholars Program out of high school:

  • a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0-scale;
  • a rank in the top 20% of the applicant's high school class; and
  • a minimum composite ACT score of 27, or SAT score of 1210;

The Scholars Program does consider applications from high school applicants who possess only two of the three basic qualifications listed above. For example, an applicant may meet the GPA and a class rank requirement; however s/he has earned a composite ACT score of 25. Gifted and hard-working students are always encouraged to apply, even if they fall slightly short of the basic qualifications. Admissions decisions on these students will be made on a case-by-case basis after consideration of the overall skills and qualities that they bring to the Scholars Program.

For students who come to the Scholars Program having completed a semester or more of college or university study, there are two basic qualifications: a cumulative college GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0-scale and letters of recommendation from two college instructors, at least one of whom must be familiar with and comment on the student's writing ability.


Admission to Benedictine University

No student can be admitted to the Program who has not been admitted to Benedictine University, although students may apply for admission to the Scholars Program before a decision on their application to Benedictine University has been announced.

Scholars Program Informational Sessions

The Informational Session is a presentation describing the Scholars Program and its requirements. This is followed by a question-and-answer session. Applicants are required to attend one of these sessions and encouraged to bring along parents and friends.

Informational Sessions take place throughout the academic year, often in conjunction with Open House and Red Carpet Days sponsored by the Admissions Office. In order to learn the date, time, and location of the next session, please contact the Admissions Office.

Applying for Admission to the Scholars Program

Applicants are required to complete an online application and are accepted on a rolling basis.


November 22, 2013 – Interview date in early to mid December

 

January 13, 2014 – Interview date in late January to mid February

 

March 24, 2014 – Interview date in early to mid April

 

May 12, 2014 – Interview date in late May to early June

 

July 14, 2014 – Interview date in late July to early August

 


Although applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, they are encouraged to apply early.

Interview

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Qualified applicants will be contacted by the Scholars Program Assistant to schedule an admission interview.  Applicants are interviewed by the Scholars Program Director and the Scholars Program Assistant. Interviews last approximately 30 minutes.  During the interview, applicants will have the opportunity to elaborate on topics such as their high school record, their potential for success in meeting the Scholars Program requirements, their academic, extracurricular and creative interests, and their global awareness.

No applicant will be invited to interview who has not submitted the online application or been admitted to Benedictine University.


Notification

Most applicants are notified by e-mail of the decision regarding their admission to the Scholars Program within two weeks of having completed the interview. Those admitted are asked to accept or decline the offer of admission within a specified time frame. Students with questions regarding the status of their application are encouraged to contact the Scholars Program Assistant.

Eligible students denied admission for a particular semester may apply again for admission for a subsequent semester; no applicant may apply more than twice in an academic year.


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