In choosing students for this highly selective program, high school performance, including grades, course selection, and SAT or ACT scores are reviewed. Intellectual interests, extracurricular activities, including those outside of school are also considered. Each applicant's essay, recommendations, and other indications of excellence are important factors in the selection process.
Candidates applying for the James W. Rouse Scholars Program must submit the following:
*Academic performance and challenging cousework are the strongest factors for admission. In certain circumstances, consideration will be given to students for whom traditional indicators of academic excellence are not always valid. For some cases, students may be asked to come in to take the college's placement exam.