Centralis Competition Alternate Criteria


To be eligible and register for the Centralis Scholarship Competition students must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.7 and a minimum 1260 SAT or 27 ACT score to compete by the competition registration deadline.

Limited exceptions to these criteria may be permitted. 

Alternate Centralis Competition Criteria:

The Honors Program recognizes that multiple factors outside of the control of prospective students may negatively impact the traditional indicators of educational achievement and academic engagement. 

In these circumstances, when a student falls just short of either the required SAT/ACT or GPA (but not both), high school principals can nominate up to two eligible students from their school through the Centralis Alternate Competition Criteria Nomination form.

To be eligible for the alternate competition criteria and registration, the following two minimum requirements must be met:

  1. By the Centralis competition registration deadline, students must have earned either:

     A. at least a 3.5 HS GPA and a minimum 1260 SAT or 27 ACT score


    B. at least a 3.7 HS GPA and a minimum 25 ACT or 1200 SAT   

    Nominations will not be accepted for students who do not meet one of these two sets of achievement standards.

  2. High school principal must write a nomination letter indicating both of the following:


  1. Evidence student has overcome obstacles, challenges, or barriers that have negatively impacted the ability to meet the minimum criteria.
  2. Evidence student has strong academic potential and can document a good fit with the Centralis-Honors Scholar Program on the full application. 


Procedure for Principal's Nomination: (up to two per high school)

High school principal downloads Centralis Alternate Criteria Form and submits form and nomination letter to the CMU Admissions no later than two weeks prior to Centralis Competition date.  Once the CMU Admissions Office receives the form and nomination letter, it will be reviewed and, if approved, the student will be contacted via phone by the Admissions Office to register for the competition.  Once the student is officially registered, the Admissions Office will then email the student a link to the Centralis Competition Application which the student must download, complete, and bring with them to the Competition.  Please note, that the sooner the principal's nomination is sent to CMU the sooner the student can register and receive the Centralis Competition Application.  It is to a student's advantage to have as much time as possible to work on the Centralis Competition Application.  The principal's nomination letter that was sent to CMU will become part of the application packet for these students.

Centralis Alternate Criteria Nomination Form for fall 2021 competition.docx