- What is the SAIC Scholars Program? How does it relate to the First Year Scholars Program (FYSP)?
- What are the benefits of being an SAIC Scholar?
- What are the requirements of the Scholars Program?
- What are the criteria for admission into the SAIC Scholars Program?
- What is the criteria for a course to be designated for scholars?
- I was admitted into the SAIC Scholars Program after 30 credits of coursework. Can I use courses that I have already taken to count toward the six scholars-designated courses needed for graduation with distinction?
- How can I apply to the SAIC Scholars Program?
- How can I get more information on the SAIC Scholars Program?
SAIC Scholars: FAQ
What is the SAIC Scholars Program? And how does it relate to the First Year Scholars Program (FYSP)?
The SAIC Scholars program is a learning community of undergraduate students pursuing rigorous study in both their academic and studio coursework.
There are two opportunities for interested students to apply to the SAIC Scholars Program: at the time of admission to the school, and after they have completed 30 credits of study at SAIC. Students pursuing the first option are recruited as new, incoming first-year students via the Admissions Office, and they are admitted as Scholars in the First Year Scholars Program.
Students pursuing the latter option must formally submit an application to the Undergraduate Division during the fall semester of their second year. Applicants must have completed 30 credit hours by the time their first scholars course begins.
Applications will open on SlideRoom on August 31, 2016. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 7, 2016.
Application for SAIC Scholars Program
Once admitted to the SAIC Scholars Program, students have access to selected scholars-designated courses in the departments of Contemporary Practices, Liberal Arts, Visual Critical Studies, and Art History, as well as scholars-designated Academic Spine courses. These courses provide an opportunity for scholars to engage in a learning community with others interested in pursuing rigorous academic study and studio work.
Scholars who successfully complete a minimum of six scholars-designated courses and remain in good academic standing will graduate “with distinction.” Scholars who do not complete the six courses may still benefit from enrolling in the courses and being in the SAIC Scholars Program, but will not have the designation of “with distinction” upon graduating.
The application review committee is reminded that the SAIC Scholars Program is intended for students seeking rigor in the classroom. Applications are weighted as follows:
30% - Portfolio
20% - Individual Statement
20% - Writing Sample
15% - Faculty Recommendation 1
15% - Faculty Recommendation 2
Criteria for Scholars courses currently is that they initially be limited to Scholars only, to enable the building of a community and a critical dialogue around that community. If a class is under enrolled with fewer than nine students the course may open for other students to apply for permission to enter.
I was admitted into the SAIC Scholars Program after 30 credits of coursework. Can I use courses that I’ve already taken to count toward the six scholars-designated courses needed for graduation with distinction?
No, we cannot retroactively give credit for coursework completed before acceptance into the Scholars Program. Also, see the above question about criteria for scholars-designated courses.
Continuing students who are interested in applying to the SAIC Scholars Program must formally submit an application to the Undergraduate Division during the fall semester of their second year.
Applicants must have completed 30 credit hours by the time their first scholars course begins.
Applications for the 2016-17 academic year are now closed. Please check back in August 2017 for information about the 2017-18 application cycle. The application will become available in August 2017, with an early October deadline and November notifications. Newly-accepted Scholars will begin the program in Spring 2018.
Please check back to the SAIC Scholars webpage for information on the program and for a list of current scholars course offerings.
You may also contact Isabel Garcia-Gonzales, Undergraduate Academic Director, at email@example.com or 312.899.1293, or you may contact your Academic Advisor.