Applicants already at UCA that are admitted to the Schedler Honors College generally have a cumulative UCA GPA of 3.8 or above and demonstrate strong writing skills, the ability to think cogently as expressed in writing and speaking, and commitment to public service. A half-day “Information and Interview” session will be held in late April. We select top applicants and invite them to meet with representatives of the Schedler Honors College to learn about our curriculum and our leadership and retention programs. Applicants will participate in a small-group, discussion-based seminar with a Schedler Honors College faculty member, exploring ideas in an essay by Peter Elbow and the applicant’s responses to those ideas in the writing sample described below. Invitations for admission to the Schedler Honors College will be extended after spring semester grades are reviewed. More invitations from a waiting list may be offered as late as mid-July; that is the earliest date by which we will have complete information about how many openings are available.
To apply to the Schedler Honors College, please use our secure online application form linked below. Once you have begun the application, you can monitor your status through our secure, web-based information system, and once registered will be able to save your in-process application and return to complete it at any time. Though U.S. residency status is not a requirement for admission, in accordance with university policy, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident in order to be eligible to receive the Honors scholarship.
If you have previously completed an application to the Schedler Honors College but were not admitted, your application is already on file. We ask that you use the same account information from your previous application at the link below. If you do not remember you user name or password please contact Tom Bertram at email@example.com.
Things you will need to provide in your application:
- Background and Recommendation. The application asks for background information that should take no more than 15 minutes to provide, as well as the name and e-mail contact of a recommender. Be sure to select a teacher or counselor that is familiar with your academic record and who will be able to intelligently evaluate you on all of the following characteristics: intellectual ability, motivation, maturity, initiative, oral and written communication skills, artistic interests, leadership, analytic ability, originality, integrity, collaboration, respect, and service. We will contact your recommender with information about how to complete a recommendation form on our website. Only one recommendation is allowed.
- Two essays. You will be asked to provide two essays. In the first you will address an issue of public service in 200-400 words. It is very important that you conduct research about the Schedler Honors College at UCA before writing this essay. We want to see evidence that you have some understanding of our curriculum and our orientation to public service. In the second writing sample we ask you to read an essay by Peter Elbow and respond to it in 600-800 words based on a prompt we provide. For both essays, write them offline. Take your time. Research, write a draft, get reviews, revise it, and carry out that process more than once. When you have the best draft you can produce, paste it to the webform. These writing samples carry a great deal of weight in our admission process.