Students with these qualifications are selected based on an overall evaluation of the following:

  • Class rank (if applicable)
  • Unweighted grade-point average of 3.25 or higher for admission consideration
  • Test scores may be submitted but there will be no penalty if they are not (ACT or SAT)
  • Creative and leadership potential

Students are encouraged to apply to UIS through the regular UIS application or the Common App. Students who are admitted to UIS and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher will have their applications automatically sent to the Honors Program for review.

A personal or telephone interview with a member of the admissions committee (made up of Capital Scholars Honors faculty and administrators) may also be part of the selection process.
For more information about admissions, check out the UIS Admissions website, or contact  Karen Barker, Honors Program Recruitment Coordinator, (217)-206-7251.


Scholarships are available to all students entering the program.