Centralis Competition Alternate Criteria

​To be eligible to 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. 

There are two ways a student can apply for eligibility to receive alternate competition criteria:


  1. Falling just short of either the minimum required GPA or SAT/ACT score, but not both:

    By January 15, 2021, student must have earned either:

    ☐at least a 3.5 HS GPA and a 1260 SAT or 27 ACT, OR

    ☐at least a 3.7 GPA and a 1200 SAT or 25 ACT


  2. Student has the minimum required 3.7 high school cumulative GPA but was unable to take the SAT/ACT prior to January 2021 for the following reason*: 

    ☐Due to Covid-19, student's high school did not offer a fall 2020 SAT/ACT test

    *Note:  Students opting to NOT take the test offered by their high school are not eligible to apply for this alternate criteria path of admission.  This option is only for students whose high school, due to Covid-19, was not able to offer an SAT/ACT test in fall 2020 either at the high school or at a nearby testing site. Students with a recorded SAT/ACT test score prior to January 1, 2021, regardless of where they took the test, are not eligible to apply for alternate criteria under section 2 above.

    For either of the above cases, the high school principal, or designee, must write a nomination letter indicating BOTH of the following:
Evidence student has overcome obstacles, challenges, or barriers that have negatively impacted the student's ability to meet the minimum criteria.  Note: Letter must provide specific examples of any obstacles, challenges and barriers in order for student to be eligible to compete under alternate criteria.  The High School not offering the SAT/ACT during fall 2020 can be included as an obstacle.

Evidence student has strong academic potential and is a top student compared to high school peers.  Supporting data can include, but is not limted to:  high school class rank, past PSAT scores, evidence of success in Honors/Advanced, IB/AP curriculum, dual-enrollment, etc.  Note:  Nominators of students whose high school did not offer an SAT/ACT during fall 2020, should have reasonable confidence  that the student would have performed at or above the Centralis minimum SAT/ACT score had the student had the opportunity to take the test.

 Alternate Criteria Timeline:

  • Student is encouraged to submit a complete application for CMU admission by December 1, 2020, including complete application, high school transcript, SAT/ACT score (when possible), and fees
  • Student submits their Centralis Scholarship Application found at www.cmich.edu/honors no later than January 1, 2021. 
  • High school principal, or designee, submits the form below and their nomination letter to the CMU Honors Program Office postmarked by January 15, 2021. 
  • Student's Centralis Scholarship application becomes active for review upon receipt of principal's letter and the form below verifying 1) student's high school GPA, 2) student's standardized test score (or rationale for having no test score), 3) evidence of student obstacles, challenge and barriers, and 4) evidence of strong academic potential (see above for more details).  If the Honors Program does not receive verification on this form, and compelling evidence addressing both prompts in the principal's letter, postmarked by the January 15, 2021, deadline, the student's application will not be eligible for review for the Centralis Competition.