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