I do NOT currently meet the qualifications. Can I still register now?
No. You must currently have both a minimum 3.7 high school GPA and 1260 SAT score (or 27 ACT score) BEFORE you can register. If you do not yet meet BOTH of these minimum criteria, you cannot yet register for the competition. If you are waiting for either new grades or standardized test results to bring you up to the minimum criteria then you cannot register for the competition until you do meet both criteria. If you register for the competition without meeting this minimum criteria, you will be deemed ineligible to compete, and your materials will not be reviewed.
Some students who do not meet the minimum competition criteria might be eligible for consideration under alternate criteria. Click here for more information on the Centralis Competition Alternate Criteria to see if you would qualify.
My credentials are very close to the minimum criteria, but either my GPA or standardized test score fell just short of the minimum criteria…Can I still register to compete?
Some limited exceptions to the established criteria may be permitted. Click here for more information on the Centralis Competition Alternate Criteria to see if you would qualify.
Due to Covid-19, my high school did not offer an SAT/ACT test option prior to January 1, 2021. Can I still register to compete?
A student whose high school did not offer an SAT/ACT test option at their high school or nearby test site prior to January 1, 2021, can apply for eligibility to compete under alternate criteria. The student must have the minimum 3.7 high school GPA and a letter from their principal verifying 1) that the high school did NOT offer an SAT/ACT test prior to January 1, 2021, and 2) that the student is a top student compared to high school peers. Supporting data can include, but is not limited to: high school class rank, past PSAT scores, evidence of success in Honors/Advanced/IB/AP curriculum, dual-enrollment, etc. Nominators should have reasonable confidence that the student would have performed at or above the Centralis minimum SAT/ACT score had the student taken the test. Click here for more information on the Centralis Competition Alternate Criteria.
IMPORTANT: Students whose high school offered an SAT/ACT test option prior to January 1, 2021, but who opted not to take the test, are NOT eligible to apply for alternate criteria. This option is only for students whose high school, due to Covid-19, was not able to offer a test option at the high school or nearby test site prior to January 1, 2021.
What happens if an applicant registers who does not have the verifiable minimum 3.7 GPA and minimum 1260 SAT or 27 ACT score, or alternate criteria, needed to compete?
Applicants who do not fully meet the minimum criteria cannot register until they do fully meet the minimum criteria. If an applicant registers online who does not meet the established criteria, they will be contacted by the Admissions Office alerting them that they are not eligible to compete at the competition and that their application materials will not be reviewed for a Centralis Scholarship. The only exception to this is students who are nominated by their principal through the Centralis Alternate Criteria Registration process.
Click here for more information on the Centralis Competition Alternate Criteria to see if you qualify.
What if I receive my qualifying ACT/SAT test results after the December 1, 2020 registration deadline?
If you receive verification that your most recent SAT score is now 1260 or higher, or that your ACT score is now 27 or higher, and the December 1, 2020 competition registration deadline has passed, you still can register for the scholarship competition as late as January 15, 2021, by calling the Admissions office and registering over the phone. You will be asked to provide confirmation of your new test score. If confirmation of new test score is not received, your Centralis application cannot be reviewed.
What is the committee looking for with regards to the creative piece?
Your goal in completing the creative piece is to distinguish yourself from the other applicants. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the review committee, as you wish, and to make your case for why you should be selected to join our University Honors community. There are no set guidelines for this part of the application as long as your response doesn't take up more than an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper (one sided) and no more than 1/2 inch tall. No additional information will be provided to applicants reagarding this part of the application as your creativity interpretation is part of the evaluative process.
Can I apply to be a member of the Honors Program without competing in the Centralis Competition?
Participation in the Honors Program of first semester freshmen is limited to Centralis Scholarship winners. If you do not receive a Centralis Scholarship but would still like to be part of the Honors Program you can apply to Honors at the end of your first year at CMU through the Honors Program Track II admission process. If admitted, Track II students begin taking Honors courses in fall 2022.
I still have questions about the Centralis Scholarship Program.
Please contact us at (989) 774-3902. A member of the Honors Program staff will be happy to answer your questions.