Eligibility and Application

Please note that all students interested in applying for admission to the University Honors Program must first apply and be accepted into Kennesaw State University. Until a student has been accepted into KSU, his or her application will be placed in our “pending file” while the KSU Admissions Office makes its admissions decision. 

  • First-year students applying for admission to the University Honors Program must have

    • An unweighted GPA of at least 3.5 in their college prep curriculum (CPC) classes, as calculated by the KSU Admissions Office.
    • An SAT score equal to or greater than 1150 (Critical Reading score plus Math score) on the old SAT, or an SAT score equal or greater to 1220 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score) on the new (2016 or later) SAT, or an ACT score equal to or greater than 25 
    • An application with essay assessed to be satisfactory
  • If you participated in KSU's Dual Enrollment Program and are graduating from high school, your eligibility criteria for the University Honors Program is based on how many college credit hours you have completed:

    • Students who have earned less than 15 credit hours are subject to the same eligibility requirements as first-year students, with the exception of test scores. A minimum SAT score of 1100 (Reading and Math combined) on the old SAT, or an ACT composite score of 25 is required.
    • Students who have earned 15 credit hours or more must have a KSU GPA of 3.25 or greater.
    • All Dual Enrollment students must submit an application with an essay assessed to be satisfactory.
  • Incoming and continuing Dual Enrollment Program (DEP) students are encouraged to apply for the University Honors Program.

    Admissions to the University Honors Program is competitive. Applicants must meet standards for honors program admission included in the application as well as submission of essays that will be evaluated for overall quality and writing ability. 
     
    Admissions requirement for continuing dual enrollment students who have earned 6 or more college credit hours: 

    • KSU GPA of 3.25 

    Admissions requirements for continuing dual enrollment students who have earned fewer than 6 hours:  

    • KSU-calculated high school GPA of 3.5 AND 
    • a test score of 1220 on the new SAT OR a 25 on the ACT. 

    *Please note:

    • All courses taken by DEP students must be approved by a DEP advisor and their high school counselor.
    • If an Honors section of an approved course (e.g., ENGL 1101/H01 or HIST 1111/H01) is available, then the student may take the Honors section rather than a regular section. Honors sections are smaller and are typically taught in more of a seminar style.(The "H" in the section number code designates that it's an honors section.) 
    • Courses with a HON prefix (e.g., HON 3000: Honors Colloquium) and the KSU 1101: First-Year Seminar courses are not covered by Dual Enrollment funding. Students may take these classes, but they will need to pay for tuition, course-specific fees, and books out of pocket.
    • DEP students may participate in non-course related Honors Discoveries (book clubs, etc.) to meet the honors learning experience requirements too. Any associated fees are not covered by Dual Enrollment funding, and the student would need to pay these expenses out of pocket.
  • Students with a KSU adjusted GPA of 3.25 and 

    • who have completed between 15 and 45 credit hours may be admitted into the University Honors Scholar track
    • who have completed between 45 and 60 credit hours may be admitted into the Honors in the Major track

    All applicants must submit an application including an essay at this link.

  • Students with a transfer GPA of 3.5 and

    • who have completed between 15 and 45 credit hours may be admitted into the University Honors Scholar track
      who have completed between 45 and 60 credit hours may be admitted into the Honors in the Major track

    All applicants must submit an application including an essay at this link.

Application

Kennesaw State University has moved to a competitive admissions model for the Fall 2018 semester and will utilize two deadlines for application for admission.

The early action deadline for KSU is November 1. Students who have applied to KSU by this date will receive an admissions decision in December. Students applying for the early action deadline will receive their Honors admission decision in late December/early January.

The regular deadline for KSU is March 1. Students who have applied to KSU by this date will receive an admissions decision in April. Students applying for the regular deadline will receive their Honors admission decision in late April/early May. You can view more information on the KSU competitive admissions model by visiting this link.

To apply for admission to the University Honors Program, students must complete the following application and required essay. You will receive an email notification when an admissions decision has been reached. Please note that acceptance to the University Honors Program is contingent upon acceptance to Kennesaw State University. 

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