The Scholars Program

Admission to the Program: Requirements & Procedures


Applying for Admission to the Scholars Program

Students wishing to apply for admission to the Scholars Program are required to complete an online application. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, but are encouraged to apply early.

  • Spring 2019 Application Dates
    Applications will be accepted beginning October 15, 2018, through November 28, 2018.

  • Fall 2019 Application Dates

    • Priority consideration will be given to those students who submit an application on or before the postmark deadline of January 15, 2019 (Priority Consideration Deadline).
    • Those submitting applications by this date will receive an interview and decision by February 11, 2019.
    • The final receipt deadline for all applications will be March 25, 2019 (Final Consideration Deadline).
    • Applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis only.


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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 1280;

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 can comment on the student's writing ability.

Transfer students must also commit to a minimum of 4 semesters at Benedictine, including the completion of a Bachelor’s degree.

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.


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.


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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