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Spotlight   |  Spring 2006

Cream of the crop

Cream of the cropThe top freshmen in Purdue Agriculture have been invited to join a new honors program this year.

“There was a growing need for an honors program that started from day one,” says Jane Alexander, assistant director for academic excellence in Purdue Agriculture.

The Dean's Scholars Program began fall semester with 77 incoming freshmen. The program requires that students take 12 credit hours of university honors courses, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and participate in honors events. Additionally, they must complete either a bachelor's thesis, laboratory or research project, or design project. “These are great things to have on record for graduate or professional school,” says Alexander. “This program gives students an opportunity to engage in higher levels of thinking and to pursue coursework that is more academically challenging.”

To qualify, incoming freshmen must be in the top 10 percent of their graduation class and have an average SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of 27. Those who receive a Purdue Agriculture Award of Excellence Scholarship are automatically invited to join. Beginning with the 2006-07 academic year, the program will also be open to continuing students. Visit the Dean's Scholars Program Web site for more information.



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