Admission Requirements

Admission is open to high school graduates who have demonstrated high academic achievement and a potential for creativity and leadership.

Students admitted to the program are expected to have excellent written and oral communication skills and to want a challenging intellectual experience during their college years.

To be considered for admission, students must have completed 15 units (one unit = one year’s study) of high school work from among the following categories:

  • Four units of English emphasizing written and oral communications and literature;
  • Three units of social studies emphasizing history and government;
  • Three units of mathematics that include introductory through advanced algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, or fundamentals of computer programming (four units recommended);
  • Three units of laboratory science (four units recommended); and
  • Two units of a foreign language (four units recommended).

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 Common App or a regular UIS application. 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.