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University Scholars and Global Scholars Application FAQs

University Scholars and Global Scholars Selection Process

These programs strive to have a diverse applicant pool of sophomores from across the university. Accordingly, our selection panels represent a variety of backgrounds and academic fields. Applications are first read by at least two readers, and the top 75 candidates are invited to interview. Each interview panel will have at least two members, who will talk with candidates for 15-20 minutes.

No, these programs are open to all KU students in their sophomore year.
At least one of your recommenders must be an instructor at the University of Kansas, but ideally both of them will be. Instructors of English classes or Foreign Language classes are also often good recommenders, because the classes tend to be smaller and they’ve gotten to know you better. Your academic advisors or program mentors may also be appropriate. If you don’t feel that you got to know two KU faculty or staff members well enough in your first year, you could ask someone who taught you in high school to be your second recommender. If you would like more specific advice, you can check with the relevant program contact person.
We usually recommend that students waive their right to view recommendations in all application settings. Such letters are written more candidly and are viewed more favorably by selection committees. In fact, this is often a requirement in major national scholarship applications. If you have concerns or questions, check with a trusted advisor.
No. All interviews must take place on October 17-19 to ensure a fair process for all students. Skype interviews may be possible for students who are participating in a university-sponsored program away from Lawrence, such as study abroad, but you should contact the program coordinator in advance.
The seminar is a required component, so only students who want to and are able to participate in the seminar should apply.

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