Eligibility and Application

Please note that all students interested in applying for admission to the Honors College must first apply to 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 Honors College must have

    application essays assessed to be of Honors quality

    and

    a combination of GPA and test scores meeting our high standards:
    (1) a GPA of at least 3.5 in their college prep curriculum (CPC) classes, as calculated by the KSU Admissions Office, and at least one of the following:

    • an ACT score greater than or equal to 25,
    • or an SAT score greater than or equal to 1220 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score) on the new SAT (2016 or later),
    • or an SAT score greater than or equal to 1150 (Critical Reading score plus Math score) on the old SAT.

    or

    (2) a GPA of at least 3.25 in their college prep curriculum (CPC) classes, as calculated by the KSU Admissions Office, and at least one of the following:

    • an ACT score greater than or equal to 28,
    • or an SAT score greater than or equal to 1300 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score) on the new SAT (2016 or later),
    • or an SAT score greater than or equal to 1230 (Critical Reading score plus Math score) on the old SAT.

    After earning a KSU GPA of 3.25, fall 2018 first-year students may apply for admission. After fall 2018 semester grades are submitted, students who have earned the required GPA wil receive information about admissions to the Honors College.

    The application is open for incoming first-year students applying for the fall 2019 semester. Your application will be reviewed once you are officially accepted to Kennesaw State University. 

  • If you participated in KSU's Dual Enrollment Program and are graduating from high school, your eligibility criteria for the Honors College 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 Honors College.

    Admission to the Honors College is competitive. Applicants must meet standards for Honors College 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

    Each semester, after grades are submitted, students who have earned the required GPA will receive an email with information about admissions to the Honors College. 

  • 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

Application

To apply for admission to the Honors College, 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 Honors College is contingent upon acceptance to Kennesaw State University.  

Please click here to apply to the Honors College.

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