Admission Standards

Each year, approximately 20-25 students are admitted into the Donaghey Scholars Program. There are no standardized minimum requirements to be considered for the Donaghey Scholars. Instead, an admissions committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students review applications and select promising applicants for interview.

The following are factors in the selection process:

  • High school performance (coursework and GPA)
  • Extra-curricular activities and community involvement
  • Test scores (ACT or SAT)
  • Recommendations
  • Demonstrated ability in college (if applicable)
  • Written essays
  • Personal interviews

Although all factors are considered, a student’s academic record, as reflected in coursework and GPA, carries the most weight. The median ACT score is 30 and the median GPA is 3.9. However, these scores should not determine whether or not a student applies. If you are interested in the Program and want to discuss your potential further, you may contact our office to schedule a meeting with the Program director.