Dean's Scholars

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Selection criteria:

  • All students who enter Purdue University College of Agriculture as recipients of the Board of Trustees Scholarship are encouraged to apply to the Dean's Scholars Program as are others fulfilling the following criteria:
    • 3.8/4.0 High School GPA and 1800 SAT/ACT 27 and above


    • Valedictorian of high school
  • First semester students will be asked to accept a Dean's Scholar status by STAR and must accept the invitation prior to fall semester.
  • Second semester freshman, sophomores, and transfer students with 60 credits remaining at Purdue may apply if they have a GPA equal to or greater than 3.5. A written essay stating why the student is interested in being a Dean's Scholar is part of the formal application process. Review of applications will be administered by the Office of Academic Programs and the Departmental Honors Coordinator from the department in which the student is enrolled.
Requirements if you were admitted after Fall 2014:
        • First semester students will enroll in AGR 290 - 1 credit.
        • Students must complete at least 15 credits during regular academic year semesters in which they are resident at the West Lafayette campus.
        • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 3.25 at the end of each semester as a Dean's Scholar. If a student's GPA drops below 3.25, the student has one semester to re-establish the minimum GPA before losing the designation of Dean's Scholar. Students have only one opportunity to re-establish the minimum GPA.
        • A Dean's Scholars Profile must be developed by the end of the student’s first semester or by the end of the first semester after a student enters the Program. A Dean’s Scholars Profile includes:
          • A creative scholarly work such as a bachelor's thesis, research project, design project, teaching project, or something desipline specific
            • Annual participation in Dean's Scholars events. (Must participate in 8 events over the course of the program in order to receive the Honors Designation at graduation.) Participating in at least 2 events per year will grant students the open to do a speical Dean's event.
            • Participation (at least once) in a poster symposium showcasing their creative scholarly work, preferably DiscoverU . (Students will also be encouraged to present their project at a regional or national meeting and to publish their results, if appropriate.) 
        Learning Community:
      • Students participating in the Dean's Scholars program have the option to apply for the College of Agriculture Dean's Scholars Learning Community.
      • Up to 30 students can be accepted per year
      • The learning community provides students the opportunity to live together with other Dean's Scholars and Honors College students in Shreve Hall.
      • Participants will have access to additional events and resources such as field trips, weekly dinners with faculty and administrators, social events, service projects, etc.  (Social events participation is only available to students who actively participate in other events throughout the year.)