Selection Criteria

Typically, approximately 35 students are chosen each year based on the following requirements:

  • Out-of-State, Rural, First-Year Student 

  • Acceptance to Oklahoma State University

  • Proven Leadership Ability 

  • Committment to Service

Additional criteria that is considered but not required includes:

  • 27 ACT or 1220 SAT scores

  • 3.75 GPA

It is the expectation that McKnight Scholars become more aware of their passions and aptitudes, gain skills to foster collaboration in following those passions, understand how communities grow and improve, make an impact on their home community, and prepare for influence beyond graduation. The program seeks to compliment the scholars’ entire Oklahoma State University experience bringing a rich context and focus to their academic journey.


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