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About the Honors Program at SSU

How do I join the Honors Program?

The Shawnee State Honors Program is selective. New students who meet the following criteria will be considered:

  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in a bachelor's degree program at Shawnee State
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 26 or SAT combined score of 1240
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.5
  • Completion of Honors Program application including an essay

The Honors Program application is part of the application to attend Shawnee State. If you haven't applied for admission yet, complete the application and indicate your interest in the Honors Program. You'll be prompted to submit your essay and two letters of recommendation. If you have already applied for admission, edit your application by using your login information.

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The Appalachian Scholar at SSU

Honors and non-honors students can submit articles for publication in The Appalachian Scholar, a peer reviewed undergraduate journal.
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Maintaining Honors Status

To remain in the Honors Program, participate fully in the program:

  • Maintain good academic standing (GPA at least 3.3)
  • Complete the required Honors Curriculum
  • Attend the three Honors Symposia each year and present at one
  • Engage in one experiential learning endeavor (practicum, fellowship, study abroad, etc) with reflection and feedback
  • Participate in one Honors Co-currciular experience each semester (field trip, conference, special lecture)
Connor Madden


“The honors program allows me to dig deeper into subjects to see how they relate to our larger world.”

Connor Madden
English Major  // Portsmouth, OH

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