Admission Standards

Each year, approximately 25 students are admitted into the Donaghey Scholars Honors Program. To apply for the program, a student must have at least 3.5 GPA. 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. However,  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.

Transfer and current UA Little Rock Freshmen are welcome to apply as long as they meet the minimum GPA of 3.5 and have not completed more than 36 hours of college credit. These 36 credit hours are calculated only from classes taken in residence and do not include AP test scores or concurrent credit classes taken during high school.