Frequently Asked Questions
The following are frequently asked questions about the Eagle Scholars Program (ESP).
What qualities does ESP look for in an applicant?
We look for students to intentionally invest in their college experience. This requires a “growth mindset.” That means that while the typical ESP applicant is academically successful and engages in extracurricular activities, they understand the value of being a life-long learner. We seek open-minded students who are willing to venture out of their comfort zone and be servant-leaders.
Can I join the Eagle Scholars Program if I was dual-enrolled or brought credits in from CLEP or AP Classes?
Yes. The typical Eagle Scholar brings in credits (CLEP, AP, Dual Enrolment, etc.) from high school.
Can I join the Eagle Scholars if I am a transfer student
No. Transfer students are not eligible to apply for ESP.
Can I be in the Eagle Scholars and Honor Program?
Yes, incoming freshmen can participate in both the Eagle Scholars and Honors Programs.
When does my early registration begin?
ESP students register with the Special Groups classification. The registration schedule can be found on the Registrar website.
Do I have to live in the Eagle Scholars, Commons 2 (8th-floor) housing?
No. Students are not required to live in the Commons 2 housing, but we do encourage it because it’s a great option for students beginning their college experience.
Is there mentoring offered in the Eagle Scholars Program?
Yes. You can connect with your ESLP professor and the Program Director. They are available and look forward to helping you make the most of your college experience.
How does the Eagle Scholars prepare me to pursue internships and other opportunities?
We encourage students to begin their career search within the first semester or year. That involves meeting with the Director and discussing who you are and what you hope to do. We then encourage you to begin the process (resume, interviewing skills, etc.) with small steps/tasks that can be easily managed along with your other obligations. It is the small steps over the first two semesters that will put you well ahead of your peers in pursuing opportunities.
Can I excel in the Eagle Scholars and carry a full academic load (12-18 hours)?
Yes. The typical Eagle Scholar is an involved student (academics, extracurricular activities, etc.) and succeeds by being good stewards of their time and talents. ESP leadership and professors are available to help with time management and we caution you not to take on too much, even though it is appealing to do so.
How do I excel in the Eagle Scholars Program?
ESP facilitates positive learning environments and opportunities to make life-long connections. It is up to each Eagle Scholar to engage and make the most of your experience in the ESP and college.