Early Admission Programs
Qualified high school seniors can apply for a place in Missouri's schools of journalism, law, veterinary medicine, nursing and health professions. Students in guaranteed admission programs can take University Honors College classes and (in the case of medicine) work in labs, sit in on medical school classes and observe surgery at University Hospital.
Journalism Scholars and Walter Williams Scholars Program
Effective Fall 2004, admitted students will be designated as Journalism Scholars or Walter Williams Scholars. Scholars are eligible to participate in a Freshman Interest Group designed exclusively for journalism students, and participate in social and academic activities planned exclusively for Journalism Scholars. The highest-achieving Journalism Scholars will win separate designation as Walter Williams Scholars they are eligible to take some journalism courses a semester earlier . To win acceptance into this exclusive circle of top scholars, incoming freshmen must earn an ACT composite score of 33 or higher (1470 or higher on the SAT). Walter Williams Scholars enjoy the same benefits as Journalism Scholars, plus they will have the chance to work with individual faculty mentors and receive a $1000.00 scholarship that can be used to study abroad or participate in the School of Journalism programs in New York or Washington. For additional information please contact the School of Journalism.
The Roberts Scholars Program
Roberts Scholars students are guaranteed admission to MU’s School of Law. To apply, students must have a minimum score of 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT. If you are chosen to be a Roberts Scholar, you must maintain a 3.5 undergraduate GPA and receive an MU degree. The applicant must score at the 75th percentile or higher on the LSAT (the actual score may vary from test to test, the 75th percentile is approximately a 157. For full details about this program please visit the Law School webpage for Early Admittance Programs. For an application or additional information call MU’s Law School at 573-882-6042.
The Nursing Scholars Program
To be considered for Nursing Scholars, students must be qualified high school seniors or incoming freshmen. Students must first apply for admission to the MU Honors College. To be eligible for Nursing Scholars, students must be admitted to the Honors College, have an ACT score of at least 29 and be in the top 10 percent of their high school class. After admittance into the honors college, first-semester freshmen pre-nursing honors students may apply separately for Nursing Scholar admission through the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. Nursing Scholars must complete 12 credit hours of honors courses, maintain a 3.7 cumulative GPA before starting the clinical nursing major, and maintain honors college status. Upon completion of these requirements, nursing scholars are guaranteed admission when they apply to the clinical portion of the BSN program. For more information, contact the Sinclair School of Nursing Student Affairs Office at 573-882-0277.
The Sharp Scholars Program
The Sharp Scholars Program (all health professions, including Communication Science and Disorders (Speech Pathology - early admissions for Bachelor's Program only), Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, and Respiratory Therapy) is open to students with an ACT composite score of at least 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1320, who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class. For additional information please contact the School of Health Professions Sharp Scholars Program.