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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.

A. Rank #1 or #2 in a graduating class (of more than 30 students).


B. Meet the following two requirements:

  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Top 20% of high school


C. Meet the following two requirements:

  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) or top 20% of high school class
  • Demonstrate a minimum SAT (Critical Reading and Math) combined score of 1250 or a minimum ACT composite score of a 26

*All invitations to the Lycoming Scholars program are confirmed upon the student’s completion of the post-deposit ALEKS math placement exam, which is completed in April or May. A minimum math placement level of 3 is necessary for final program confirmation.

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 3.25 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 3.25 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.