Before You Apply

Whether you wish to study across disciplines or delve more deeply into your current field, the University Scholar Program allows you to propose a program of research and study that encourages you to push your intellectual limits. To do this successfully requires thinking ahead!

The University Scholar Program is a three-semester program, which means you will most likely apply in the first semester of your junior year. Students with many advanced placement or ECE credits may apply in their sophomore year. Pharmacy students may apply in their P-1 or their P-3 year.

Students from all schools and colleges may apply.

The application process includes:

In order to help students prepare for the Fall application, the University Scholar Program holds information sessions each Spring.

Dates for spring information sessions and important deadlines

Planning Advice

Students applying for the University Scholar Program are advised to begin planning during the second semester of their sophomore year or earlier.

  • They should begin thinking about the general area of study they would like to pursue and the type of project they might undertake.
  • They should consider whether they have appropriate methodological and/or theoretical background to prepare a strong proposal and if not, should identify ways to obtain that. (For example: courses, independent study, or summer reading.)
  • They should begin speaking with faculty members whom they might later ask to serve on their Advisory Committee.
  • They should attend a University Scholar Program informational meeting organized each spring.
  • They should also review successful proposals from prior years.

In March, all UConn students with a minimum 3.6 cumulative grade point average (at least a 3.5 GPA for Honors Scholars; based on the projected completion by the end of the spring semester of at least 54 credits at UConn; 86 for Pharm.D. majors) receive emails informing them about the University Scholar Program. Other students with strong academic records and an interest in participating in the program are also encouraged to apply.