Application Criteria and Process

Student Well-Being #1 Purpose

If you are interested in developing and establishing yourself as a leader, the LEAD Scholars Academy is for you! Acceptance into the program is competitive and we encourage you to apply as early as possible. After the application opens the priority deadline to apply is March 31st. It is highly advisable that if you would like to live in the LEAD Living Learning Community, you should apply prior to the March 31st early decision deadline. During the summer, we will continue to accept applications on a case-by-case basis after the final deadline. Spaces in the program are limited so we strongly encourage you to apply before the priority deadline. Completed applications are reviewed daily beginning in January (except when the university is closed or on break).

The LEAD Scholars Academy looks for potential first-time-in-college students with a strong academic, leadership, and community service background during their high school careers. Selection decisions are based on, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Academics: Honors, AP/IB/Dual Enrollment courses, along with strong SAT/ACT scores
    and a strong high school GPA
  • Leadership: Involvement in high school co-curricular¬†activities (Student Government,
    sports, journalism, honor societies, clubs) and/or activities outside of school (youth group, Scouts, etc.)
  • Community Service: A love and passion for community service along with documented
    hours throughout high school

The application consists of four components that need to be completed before the application is reviewed.

Once the online application is submitted, you must register for a 15 minute phone interview, where you will get a chance to speak with a current LEAD Scholar one-on-one.

When the phone interview is complete, your application, along with your academic information, is reviewed and evaluated by the selection committee.

Most students will receive a letter or an email informing them of the program’s decision within three weeks of the phone interview. A few, however, will receive an email indicating that they are on “wait list” status, and will be informed of the application decision in late summer.

Apply to LEAD Scholars!