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Honors Program Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Honors Program?

The primary purpose of the program is to provide a stimulating environment in which young scholars can confidently pursue their individual and shared intellectual interests, and build diverse relationships that support and expand their intellectual community.

2. Who is eligible for the Honors Program?

Student applicants who have achieved a high school unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher, and a combined SAT I score of 1160 or higher will automatically be considered for admission.

3.  What are the benefits of being in the Honors Program?

  • Priority registration and housing
  • Living together in a living / learning environment
  • Financial support for conferences and workshops
  • Smaller classes
  • “Honors Program” designation on transcript
  • Recognition in Commencement Program
  • Membership in Honors Program Student Association (HPSA)
  • Funding for research experience toward the senior thesis
  • Honors Lounge with computers for honors students only

4. How do I apply?

Any student applicant who meets our minimum requirements (see #2) is considered.

5. If I don’t get in the first year, can I apply after? 

Yes, if you have a 3.5 or better after your first year on campus, you may apply for admission with your transcript and two letters of recommendation from your teaching faculty.  Applications for rising sophomores are available in the second semester of your freshman year.