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 a 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