The University of Central Arkansas Norbert O. Schedler Honors College has selected 75 incoming first-year students as its newest class of Honors Scholars.

The entering class of 2018 has an average high school GPA above 4.0 and an average ACT score of 30. The class also includes four out-of-state students.

This year’s applicant pool was one of the largest in the 36-year history of the Schedler Honors College with 835 applicants, 176 of whom underwent full-day interviews on the UCA campus.

The number of Honors College applicants has risen significantly each year for the last four years. All members of the incoming class were selected using a holistic admissions process that factors in the applicant’s academic performance, service and leadership potential. The process has been held up within the national collegiate honors community as one of the most thorough admissions processes in the nation.

Acceptance into the Schedler Honors College includes access to UCA’s top scholarship, a living-learning community in Jefferson W. Farris Honors Hall and ample opportunities for service-learning, project-based education, collaborative work, undergraduate research, travel abroad opportunities and internship support. Honors Scholars participate in a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the individual growth and transformation of each student while preparing them to be leaders in their chosen fields. Students in the Schedler Honors College average approximately 1,000 cumulative hours of community service annually.

Established in 1982, the Schedler Honors College at UCA has become one of the most full-featured in the nation and is a leader in providing enhanced educational opportunities in a living-learning environment designed to develop students as citizen-scholars.

The names and hometowns of the 2018 class of incoming Schedler Honors College students from your area are as follows:

Michaela Cormier of Fort Smith, AR.

Psalm Dang of Fort Smith, AR

Rachel Farhat of Barling, AR

Kathryn Gooden of Fort Smith, AR

Stephanie Meador of Fort Smith, AR

Caitlyn Phan of Fort Smith, AR

Eliza Watford of Mansfield, AR

Corrina Wesley of Mansfield, AR