Loyola University Chicago undergraduates completing their first year of study at Loyola with a GPA of 3.6 or above are eligible to apply. Currently, the program is open only to Loyola University Chicago students. Applicants are expected to meet the following criteria: acceptable GPA, good disciplinary record, favorable recommendations from a faculty mentor and academic advisor. Applicants must also submit a research proposal. Ricci scholars are expected to participate in three one-hour seminars: A "West" seminar at the Rome Center, an "East" seminar at the Beijing Center and a follow-up seminar at Loyola during the fall semester of senior year. Students will earn three credit hours for their participation in each one-hour seminar.