FAQs

This section should answer some of your questions regarding the program. Any additional questions can be directoed to the Fifth Year Scholars Program via email to Renee Camerlengo.

Is there a minimum QPA requirement for becoming a Fifth Year Scholar?
No, there is no minimum QPA requirement. Anyone may apply and be selected, regardless of QPA.

Can I use the Fifth Year Scholars Program to fulfill Medical/Law/Graduate School requirements?
While not specifically forbidding this, granting a fifth year for the sole purpose of fulfilling these requirements is not the intent of this program. One of the characteristics evaluated for each applicant is the desire for learning and broadening; often fulfilling professional school requirements does not fall under these categories.

If I am accepted as a Scholar, is my project set in stone? Can my project be changed if I work on developing it during my fourth year in order to implement the project during their fifth year?
Frequently, scholars alter projects in order to improve final outcomes.  Projects often evolve considerably during the fourth year and can differ from the original proposal.

When do Fifth Year Scholars graduate?
Scholars may choose to graduate at the end of either their fourth or fifth year. If a scholar wishes to complete an additional major during the fifth year, then he/she must wait to graduate until the end of the fifth year.

When will I hear the results of my application?
The selection process is usually completed by mid-April, and every attempt will be made to contact you before fall registration day.

What happens once I'm selected?
Once selected, you will be invited to participate in the end-of-year banquet at the end of your junior year. By September of your senior year, you should have read the Fifth Year Scholar Policies and Guidelines (.doc), and met with your advisor regarding the implementation of your proposal. By early October, you should have filled out the Fifth Year Scholars Checklist (.doc) and have submitted it.