Application/Selection Overview

Group of Honors students on porch of Bell

APPLICATION/SELECTION

Applications for the John E. Sallstrom Honors College are reviewed by an Honors/Admissions selection committee. The committee considers academic achievement and potential, writing skills, evidence of intellectual curiosity, record of leadership and service, and special talents (e.g. artistic).

For international applicants, the preferred minimum high school academic core GPA is 3.50 as calculated by the Office of Admissions. The preferred minimum TOEFL score is 88.

For domestic applicants, the preferred minimum high school academic core GPA is 3.50 as calculated by the Office of Admissions. The preferred standardized test minimum is 1260 SAT total (Evidence Based Reading and Writing + Math) or 27 ACT Composite. In recent years, the average GPA of incoming first-year students has been about 3.80 and the average SAT score has been about 1290.

The Honors/Admissions selection committee reviews all applications holistically. Students who believe they would be good candidates for Honors, but who do not meet one of the two preferred statistical benchmarks, may use their Honors application essays to address alternate strengths and/or special circumstances which they would like for the committee to consider.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University System of Georgia will allow students to apply for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores for the Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 semesters. Students who have SAT/ACT scores may still submit them. In accord with this policy, the Honors/Admissions selection committee would encourage students who have standardized test scores to submit them but is equally pleased to consider applications from students without standardized test scores. As indicated previously, the committee reviews all applications holistically, and the Honors application affords plenty of opportunity to speak to strengths other than standardized test scores.

One letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher is required; this could be a letter of recommendation submitted as a part of the general application to Georgia College. Letters of recommendation should be sent to the Admissions Office.

HONORS APPLICATION

Our Early Action deadline is December 15. Applications will then be reviewed on a monthly basis ending April 1st.

If your GC and Honors College applications are complete and ready for review by:

  • November 15, a decision will be made by December 10;
  • December 15, a decision will be made by January 10;
  • January 15, a decision will be made by February 10;
  • February 15, a decision will be made by March 10;
  • March 15, a decision will be made by April 10; and
  • April 1, a decision will be made by April 10.

NOTE: (1) Students admitted to the Honors College must submit the general college deposit to secure their spot in the Honors College. For fall 2021, 120 slots are available. Students who deposit after all 120 slots have been filled will be placed on a waitlist. (2) Bell Hall, the honors magnet residence hall, tends to fill up by mid-March.


Transfer Students

Transfer students with a collegiate GPA of 3.50 or above are welcome to apply to the Honors College. Students transferring with fewer than 30 credit hours must also meet Georgia College’s high school graduation criteria. 

One letter of recommendation is required from a college professor (or from a high school teacher for applicants who will transfer with fewer than 30 credit hours); this could be a letter of recommendation submitted as a part of the general application to Georgia College. Letters of recommendation should be sent to the Admissions Office.

Honors Transfer Application

 

Collegiate Entry for currently enrolled students

Currently enrolled students with an institutional GPA of 3.50 or above may also apply to the Honors College at the end of their first semester on campus.

As with all applicants, collegiate entry student applications are reviewed holistically. The committee considers academic achievement and potential, writing skills, evidence of intellectual curiosity, record of leadership and service, and special talents (e.g. artistic). Collegiate entry applicants should electronically submit a statement (500-600 words) explaining, in specific terms, how two-to-three aspects of the Honors College might help you to achieve your long-term goals. Applicants should also submit a resume, an official academic transcript, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member (sent as a PDF attachment) to honors@gcsu.edu