Presidential Scholars

Each year, TU invites a select group of freshmen to receive the Presidential Scholarship, the highest academic merit award given by the university. The award is based on a number of factors, including exceptional performance in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, ACT/SAT scores, and demonstrated leadership and/or service. The Presidential Scholarship Program recognizes scholars who will make a difference in the world.

Award Amount

Full tuition and basic room and board for four years (8 consecutive undergraduate semesters total, excluding summers). Basic room and board is defined as the cost of a standard double-occupancy room in a residence hall with a 17 meals per week meal plan.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Submit a completed application for admission to The University of Tulsa by February 1, 2016. (Early action application deadline is November 1.) Only admitted applicants will be considered.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence by one or more of the following: A) National Merit or National Achievement Finalists who have listed The University of Tulsa as school of choice by March 1; B) National Hispanic Scholars who rank in the top 10% of their graduating class; C) Students who rank in the top 5% of their graduating class and top 1% on ACT/SAT.
  • Submit a Presidential Scholarship application (online or PDF located on this page) by February 1, 2016.
  • Complete a Presidential Scholarship interview during a TU campus visit, high school visit, or off-campus event. You may contact your admission counselor to schedule.
  • Visit campus prior to March 1.

Additional Information

Awards are funded by the University of Tulsa, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Oklahoma State Regents, and any “outside” scholarships for which the student has qualified. Total scholarships, excluding need-based government grants, may not exceed full tuition, basic room and board. A minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 3.25 and attendance of special events are required to maintain each scholarship.