All incoming freshmen are considered for admittance to the program--no additional application is required. Students selected usually graduate in the highest range of their high school classes and present standardized test scores in the top five percent nationally. Other selection criteria include a concern for community, intellectual depth, curiosity, and a demonstrated devotion to learning for learning's sake. Incoming freshmen who are selected as Monroe Scholars are invited to attend Monroe Scholars Weekend to learn more about the program and to meet their peers!
Each year, rising sophomores with outstanding academic records in their freshman year are invited to apply for the Monroe Scholar Program. After spring grades have been posted, the Charles Center staff sends announcements to the home addresses of eligible students. About 100 rising sophomores are invited to apply each year. (Transfer students are not eligible for this program.)
Monroe Scholars enjoy a range of opportunities suited to their abilities and accomplishments. With members of the College faculty and staff, they participate in the Monroe Speaker series of lectures/discussions, gaining exposure to new and different topics in scholarship, courses, programs and careers. They also have access to various resources and may seek special funding for summer research projects.