Program Guidelines

Students are admitted to the program by invitation of the Scholars Council, the group of faculty and students that oversees the program. The guidelines governing the selection of new scholars are flexible; academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and creativity are all taken into account. Students who desire to participate in the Scholars Program but are not invited may petition the Scholars Council for consideration. 

  • First year students are invited to join the program if:
      • they are in the top 10% of their graduating class and have SATs of 1180 or ACT scores of 24 or higher.
      • they are in the top 20% of their graduating class and have SATs of 1270 or ACT scores of 26 or higher.
      • they are in the top 30% of their graduating class and have SATs of 1360 or ACT scores of 29 or higher.

    Note: In all cases math SAT must be at least 550 math score of and evidence-based reading and writing must be at least 600 or an equivalent ACT Composite score of at least 23.

  • Students not meeting the above requirements may petition to join the program by contacting the program director, Dr. Chandler. Lycoming grades and professors' recommendations are carefully considered. Successful students are encouraged to join the Scholars Program.

First year scholars are strongly urged to register for SCHOL 301: Lycoming Scholars Seminar [1 cr. hr]. Any first year scholar who does not register for the Scholars Seminar must write to the director in order to be considered a member of the Scholars Program.

Make sure to check Scholars distribution requirements in the College Catalog when choosing a course for distribution.

To remain in the program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Students who drop below this average will be placed on scholars probation for one semester. After one semester, they will be asked to leave the program if their GPA has not returned to 3.0 or higher.

To graduate as a scholar, a student must successfully complete five Lycoming Scholars seminars, the more rigorous distribution requirements, and the non-credit Senior Scholars Seminar, the highlight of which is the presentation of results from a required independent study project.