First Year Admission Process

The Echols Scholars Program accepts a limited number of rising second-year students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences into the program annually. Admission is by application made during the spring semester and is open to all first-year students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences. First-year admission is managed by the Echols Scholars Program and is aimed toward the recruitment of students whose high school records may not have commended them for an initial acceptance into the program, but who have distinguished themselves academically during their first year at the University.

No single factor determines suitability for acceptance. Criteria for selection include having taken a challenging selection of coursework each semester and demonstration of academic exploration and curiosity in and outside of the classroom. As with the initial selection to the program, there is no fixed number of first year acceptances. Students invited to join the Echols Scholars Program at the end of their first year are given the same privileges as students selected out of secondary school. 

The deadline for application by first-year students in the College seeking admission into the Echols Scholars Program is April 18, 2017. Application forms and information on how to apply for 2017 are linked below.

First Year Application 2017