General Eligibility Criteria


Students are eligible to apply to the Thrive Scholars Program during their senior year of high school.

Eligible students are those who:

  • Thrive Eligibility
    • Have been accepted to KSU as a freshman (never attended another college other than dual enrollment) and have committed to attend starting fall 2019
    • Have earned fewer than 30 credit hours through dual enrollment, AP, or IB programs
    • Will be a full-time student (taking at least 12 credit hours)
    • Are eligible for HOPE (as confirmed by GAFutures)*
    • Are in a major with room for the KSU 1101 course. See the list of majors that aren’t eligible below
    • Plan to graduate from KSU in four years or less. Students who are planning to transfer to another institution should not apply.

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    Ineligible students are those who are in the following majors or programs:


    Applied Computer Science, Architecture, Construction Management, Dance, Digital Animation, Education, Information Technology (BAS), Engineering (with the exception of Industrial Eng. Technology), International Business, Music Performance, Public Health Education, and Theatre & Performance Studies

    These majors do not have room for the required KSU 1101 course or have their own first-semester requirements that conflict with Thrive requirements.


    African American Male Initiative (AAMI), College of Science and Mathematics Advanced Majors Program (AMP), Global Fellows, Honors, and RRPG

    Each of these programs support student success and have requirements that may duplicate or conflict with Thrive. Students who choose one of these should not also apply to Thrive.


    If a student is a HOPE Scholar but has a KSU Admissions Office GPA calculated at 3.5 or higher AND test scores of at least 1150 (old SAT), 1220 (new SAT) or 25 (ACT), they are not eligible for Thrive and will be referred to KSU’s Honors Program.