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,
  • grade-point average of 3.0 or higher for admission consideration*
  • SAT score of 1160 OR ACT score of 24 or higher for admission consideration*
  • creative and leadership potential.

***Also, a personal and academic goals statement MUST be submitted with your application for honors consideration.***

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.

*must possess both of these qualifications for automatic consideration for admission into the program.