Core Program Application

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Thrive Scholar. Our two-stage application process is open!  There are several essay questions as well as academic and financial documents that you need to prepare. Please make sure you give yourself enough time to complete it.

Thrive Scholars reviews applications holistically and does not have absolute requirements for admission. However, students who are accepted into the program typically meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled as a junior in high school
  • SAT or PSAT score of 1200+ / ACT or Pre-ACT score of 25+ (*if available)
  • Household income at or below $75,000
  • Identify as one of the following
    • A first-generation college student
    • A student of color

*In response to the global pandemic and its continuing impact on student access to standardized tests, Thrive Scholars is reviewing applications with a test-optional policy. Since many students will not have test scores to report, we will focus more on a student’s grades and academic rigor within the context of what their school offers (AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, etc.).


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Application Process and Key Dates


Round One

Accepting application now through Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 at noon ET

In this first stage, applicants tell us about themselves, including academics, finances, interests, and aspirations.

Round Two

By invitation only, takes place from February 1st -21st, 2022

The second stage of the application includes additional academic and personal information, two letters of recommendation, and an interview.

Final admission decisions will be made in early April 2022.


You can save and continue within the application. Please be sure to allow yourself enough time to complete the application to put your best foot forward!

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A core pillar of Thrive Scholars’ programming is to demystify the college application process with the help of expert college advisors. As you complete your application to become a Thrive Scholar, be sure to read for helpful tips and context about how each section is considered as we make our decisions. We hope that by also modeling our application questions after the Common Application, you’ll feel more confident when applying to college during your senior year.

This Applicant Snapshot is what establishes your account in our system and will allow you to save and return to your application if you need a break.

How we will address you in our communications.

Home Address

School Details
Please enter the CEEB code of your high school below. Once you enter your CEEB, your school details will fill in automatically. Enter 000000 (that's 6 zeros) if your school is not listed!

Use this link to find your CEEB high school's code

Use this link for help converting your GPA

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