Application Procedures

Application Procedures

The Community-Oriented Digital Engagement Scholars program is designed to support underserved students by providing them with access to the High Impact Practices typical of an honors program. Therefore, rather than requiring a specific ACT score or GPA, we have designed a set of admissions standards that will allow us to evaluate a student’s commitment to the community and level of motivation in arenas of their life within and beyond the classroom.

In addition, because underserved students often apply later in the season, admissions to the program will continue through July, and the pilot Summer Bridge Program may be one place where we seek new students.

The application for admission to CODES will be a supplement students can complete and submit in tandem with their general application for admission to SIUE. In this supplemental section, prospective students will be asked to: 1) respond to a short prompt describing why engaging with the community is a goal for their time in college; 2) choose something to share that represents their best work or what motivates them, including an assignment they are out proud of, a song/poem they wrote, a video or podcast they’ve created, or a reflective essay; ¬†and 3) choose something to share that indicates prior engagement with their community (such as a newspaper clipping, program, or certificate of participation).

This chart demonstrates general admissions requirements for all students alongside the additional honors requirements and the proposed CODES additional requirements. Whereas admission to honors is primarily academic performance, the admission requirements for CODES emphasize alternative measures of student suitability, including participation in community engagement or other creative activities.

General Admissions

Honors Program


  • Completed application form
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript
  • ACT/SAT Composite Score
  • Completed application form
  • ACT composite score of 25 or higher or 1200 SAT score
  • High school GPA of 3.5 on 4.0 scale
  • List of accomplishments
  • 2-3 page essay
  • Academic Reference
  • Completed application form
  • Response to a Prompt
  • One item representing personal motivation
  • One item representing prior community engagement activities