BHSP Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program (BHSP), eligible incoming Notre Dame first-year students are expected to have completed a strong college preparatory program of study from an accredited high school. The minimum program of study should include:

  • English: four years
  • Social Science/History: three years
  • Mathematics: four years
  • Science: four years
  • Language other than English: two years

It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed four years of mathematics, including trigonometry, pre-calculus, and/or calculus if they are interested in majoring in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Advanced placement courses and research experience are desired but not required.

Competitive applicants to the Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program have not received lower than a B in any high school science or math course. Note: Many of our past and current scholars completed a year or more of calculus.

Recent successful applicants had:

  • a minimum of 600 on the Math component of the SAT
  • a cumulative high school GPA of a 3.0 or above
  • a demonstrated commitment to community service

Balfour-Hesburgh scholars must be citizens of the United States, or have permanent resident or DACA status.

Do not submit an application before receiving an invitation from BHSP to apply. If you believe you are qualified to apply but did not receive an email invitation, please contact us at before May 1.