James Scholar Program

Since at least the 1950s, the University of Illinois has encouraged outstanding undergraduate students by offering participation in the Edmund James Scholar Program. The program has changed over the years. At present, each college has a James Scholar Program—a college-level undergraduate honors program. The programs are named for the fourth president of the University of Illinois, Edmund J. James. James believed scholarship and research are fundamental to human progress, and in the years of his presidency, from 1904–1920, he brought world-class scholars and researchers to the campus, developed many new graduate programs, and fostered a sense of community among faculty and students. His achievements helped to transform the University of Illinois into a campus of international importance.

Approximately 100 freshmen enter the College of Business as James Scholars. Freshmen in the College of Business who earn at least a 3.5 GPA in at least 14 graded Illinois credit hours will be invited to petition to become a James Scholar nominee at the end of the fall semester of the freshman year. Eligible students may petition to become a James Scholar nominee early in the sophomore year.

Specific details about the James Scholar Program are available at the College of Business James Scholar Program www site.

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