Students may be referred for program consideration based on an initial screening of their general application for admission to the University. Both economic and educational factors are weighed. School counselors also sometimes refer students. A secondary screening requires that students submit letters of reference, an essay, and family financial information. Additionally, an interview is required. The secondary screening seeks to discover other student characteristics that will correlate with likely post-secondary success including: resilience, realistic self-appraisal, long-term goal orientation, positive self-concept, leadership, service in the community, mentorship, and dealing successfully with systemic challenges.