Direct Admit Scholars

Applying to be a Direct Admit Scholar

So, you’ve decided to get a head start at HLS by becoming a Direct Admit Scholar. You’ll join an elite group of students who begin working with faculty and advisors on their majors right away. Direct Admit Scholars also receive special access to visiting scholars, global leaders, and alumni.

Direct Admit Scholars are chosen based on their outstanding high school records and test scores. The application process is simple.

You will be automatically accepted into the Direct Admission program if you:

  • Declare an HLS degree program as your intended major on your application
  • Earn a composite ACT score of at least 28 or an SAT score of 1310 (math and critical reading sections).
  • Earn a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale

Note: If you have achieved admission to the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program, you will also automatically be accepted into the Direct Admission program

If you come close but don’t meet one of these criteria, you still may petition for direct admission. Start the petition process by writing to no later than February 15.

Still, have questions? Please contact the HLS recruitment team at

Start your application

Visiting HLS for Direct Admit Day

On Direct Admit Day, we invite all prospective Direct Admission Scholars and their families to visit us to learn more about our programs, meet our faculty and staff, and tour our spectacular building and gorgeous campus.

We have reserved accommodations for students and their families and are happy to help make other arrangements.

And we’re happy to meet with prospective students throughout the year to discuss our Direct Admit program.