First-Year Students

Scholarships available to first-year students are included on this page. Some of the scholarship types also have their own page with more information. We encourage you to also visit those pages and our frequently asked questions.

Competitive Merit Scholarships

Competitive merit scholarships are renewable for four years. First-year students must enroll summer or fall immediately following high school graduation to receive consideration.*  

Consideration 

  • First-year students accepted for admission by mid-January receive automatic consideration. A scholarship application is not required. 
  • Consideration is based on high school GPA and standardized test score. Verify Auburn has received your most recent academic information in the Applicant Portal. Updated highest scores from individual tests must be received by Auburn by January 10. To ensure accurate superscoring, Auburn does not accept the ACT Superscore report. Scores received after this deadline will not be reviewed for competitive merit scholarship consideration. 

Awards 

  • Scholarships are awarded competitively. Consideration does not guarantee an award. Each entering class competes with itself. Actual awards are determined based on the number of qualified admitted students, the credentials of those applicants, and available funding. 
  • First-year students accepted for admission earlier are more likely to receive an award.  
  • Scholarships are awarded mid-November, mid-December, and late January. 
  • Recipients are notified by email to their Auburn email account and by postal mail to their permanent address. 
     

*Please visit First-year Student Scholarships under Frequently Asked Questions for more information on specific enrollment situations that may impact competitive merit scholarship eligibility. 

Merit scholarship chart for Alabama residents



Fall 2023 Scholarship

Minimum
High School GPA Required

Minimum
ACT Score Required*

Estimated 
Annual Award
Amount

Spirit of Auburn Presidential Scholarship
3.5 33-36 $10,500
Spirit of Auburn Founders Scholarship 3.5 30-32 $8,500
Spirit of Auburn Excellence Scholarship 3.0-3.49 30-36 $7,000
Spirit of Auburn University Scholarship 3.5 28-29 $5,000
Spirit of Auburn 1856 Scholarship 3.0-3.49 28-29 $3,500
*Equivalent SAT scores are available at auburn.edu/testscores.

These charts are a guide and are not a guarantee of future awards. Each entering class competes with itself. Actual awards are determined based on the number of qualified admitted students, the credentials of those applicants, and available funding. Additional competitive merit scholarships not shown may be awarded as funding permits.

Merit scholarship chart for non-residents



Fall 2023 Scholarship

Minimum
High School GPA Required

Minimum
ACT Score Required*


Estimated Annual
Award Amount

Academic Presidential Scholarship
3.5 33-36 $16,500
Academic Heritage Scholarship 3.5 31-32 $15,000
Academic Charter Scholarship 3.5 29-30 $11,000

*Equivalent SAT scores are available at auburn.edu/testscores.

These charts are a guide and are not a guarantee of future awards. Each entering class competes with itself. Actual awards are determined based on the number of qualified admitted students, the credentials of those applicants, and available funding. Additional competitive merit scholarships not shown may be awarded as funding permits.

Consideration

  • First-year students named National Merit Semifinalists must complete the scholarship application through AUSOM by February 1.
  • National Merit Finalists should contact the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to name Auburn University as their first choice institution by May 1. For more information how students qualify as National Merit Finalists, please visit National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Awards

  • National Merit Finalists receive a stipend of $4,000 over four years at $1,000 per year.
  • Depending on eligibility as determined through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*, eligible students may receive an additional $1,000 annually.
  • National Merit Finalists who are Alabama residents may receive the National Scholars Presidential Scholarship valued at $42,000 over four years at $10,500 per year, which will replace a previously awarded competitive merit scholarship.

*The FAFSA is the only form a student is required to complete to be considered for student assistance from any of the Title IV, HEA programs except for information needed to ensure the student’s eligibility for such assistance (e.g., information needed to complete verification or to demonstrate compliance with the student eligibility provisions of the HEA and the regulations). Additional information, if requested, will be listed on the student’s AU Access My Finances page after we receive the results of the FAFSA. For additional information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.


 

Select Need-Based Scholarships

Select need-based scholarships are awarded to Alabama residents and are renewable for four years. First-year students must enroll summer or fall immediately following high school graduation to receive consideration.*   

Consideration 

  • First-year students accepted for admission by mid-January receive automatic consideration. A scholarship application is not required. 
  • Consideration is based on financial need and high school GPA. For students who apply for admission as test optional, the academic assessment during the evaluation for admission is also considered. 
  • Financial need is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be received by Auburn by February 1. Students selected for financial need verification are not eligible for need-based scholarships if the verification process is incomplete. 
  • A minimum 3.0 high school GPA is required for consideration. 
  • Additional consideration is given to first-generation college students and students from underserved areas in Alabama. 

Awards 

  • Scholarships are awarded competitively. Consideration does not guarantee an award. 
  • The award amount is $2,000 or $5,000 per year for four years. 
  • Students may receive a select need-based scholarship in addition to other scholarships awarded. 
  • Select need-based scholarships are awarded mid-February, and recipients are notified by email to their Auburn email account. 

*Please visit First-year Student Scholarships under Frequently Asked Questions for more information on specific enrollment situations that may impact select need-based scholarship eligibility. 

Achievement and Leadership Scholarships

Achievement and leadership scholarships may be awarded as funding permits and are renewable for four years. First-year students must enroll summer or fall immediately following high school graduation to receive consideration.* 

Consideration 

  • First-year students accepted for admission by mid-January and complete the scholarship application in the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM) by February 1 receive consideration. 
  • Consideration is based on high school GPA and information provided on the scholarship application. For students who apply for admission as traditional applicants, standardized test score may also be considered. Updated test scores must be received by Auburn by January 10. For students who apply for admission as test optional applicants, the academic assessment during the evaluation for admission may also be considered. 
  • Priority consideration is given to Alabama residents. 


Awards
 

  • Scholarships are awarded competitively. Consideration does not guarantee an award. 
  • The average high school GPA for achievement and leadership scholarship recipients in the most recent entering class was 4.29. The average award amount for achievement and leadership scholarship recipients in the most recent entering class was $1,500 to $2,000 per year for four years. 
  • Students may not receive an achievement and a leadership scholarship. Students also may not receive an achievement or leadership scholarship and a competitive merit scholarship 
  • If funding permits, scholarships are awarded by early March, and recipients are notified by email to their Auburn email account. 

*Please visit First-year Student Scholarships under Frequently Asked Questions for more information on specific enrollment situations that may impact achievement and leadership scholarship eligibility. 

General and Departmental Scholarships

General scholarships are awarded by the Office of University Scholarships. Departmental scholarships are awarded by the academic colleges. New and current Auburn University students receive consideration for general and departmental scholarships. First-year students must enroll summer or fall immediately following high school graduation to receive consideration.* 

Consideration and Criteria 

  • Some scholarships include an academic achievement criterion determined by cumulative Auburn GPA for current students, transfer GPA for transfer students, and high school GPA for first-year students. For first-year students who apply for admission as traditional applicants, standardized test score may also be considered. Updated test scores must be received by Auburn by January 10. For students who apply for admission as test optional applicants, the academic assessment during the evaluation for admission may also be considered.  
  • Approximately one-half of general and departmental scholarships include a preference or requirement for a recipient with financial need. Financial need is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be received by Auburn by February 1. Students selected for financial need verification are not eligible for need-based scholarships if the verification process is incomplete. 
  • Many general and departmental scholarships include a geographic criterion defined as high school attended or city, county, or state of residence. A majority of those include a preference for a recipient who is an Alabama resident.  
  • Departmental scholarships include an academic program criterion, primarily defined as college or major in which enrolled, and vary in availability and award amount by college and academic program. 


Awards
 

  • Scholarships are awarded competitively. Consideration does not guarantee an award. 
  • Most general and departmental scholarships are awarded to one recipient and at an average award amount of $1,500 to $2,000 for one year. 
  • Students may receive a general or departmental scholarship in addition to a competitive merit scholarship or select need-based scholarship. 
  • Students who have previously been awarded a scholarship valued at resident tuition or greater, currently $10,392 for the 2022-23 academic year, may be less likely to receive a general or departmental scholarship, unless the student is an Alabama resident and has high unmet financial need. 
  • Scholarships are awarded in early March, and recipients are notified by email to the Auburn email account. 

*Please visit First-year Student Scholarships under Frequently Asked Questions for more information on specific enrollment situations that may impact general and departmental scholarship eligibility. 

Last updated: 08/14/2022