Admission into the Honors Program is selective and competitive.
New SSU students may apply for admission into the Honors program if they meet the following minimum requirements:
- 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 essay and two letters of recommendation.
Current SSU students may apply for admission into the Honors program provided they meet the following minimum selection requirements:
- Minimum cumulative SSU GPA of 3.3
- Completion of Honors Program Application including essay and one letter of recommendation from an SSU faculty member
Transfer students may apply for admission into the Honors program provided they meet the following minimum selection requirements:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 at former institution
- Completion of Honors Program Application including essay and one letter of recommendation
Transfer students who have taken relevant Honors courses at other institutions may request that up to 9 hours of appropriate classes be applied to the Honors Program at the discretion of the Program Director.
Application essay prompts
Choose one of the following prompts for your application essay.
- Think of a historical figure or famous person who is no longer alive that you would want to meet. Write an 800-1000 word essay about why you would want to meet this person. What questions would you ask her or him? What was this person's contribution to society? How are this person's contributions relevant to our present lives?
- Write an 800-1000 word essay about an emerging technology that will have a significant impact on society. How will this innovation impact the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of our society? Can you compare this emerging technology to other inventions from the past?
- Write an 800-1000 word essay on a work that has had a profound impact on you. This work might be a book, a film, a story, a poem, a song — any creative work that has changed the way you perceive yourself or the world around you. Why did this work affect you in this way? How might it affect other people who encounter this work?
- Consider a time in your life when you changed your mind about an important topic. Write an 800-1000 word essay describing the events, conversations, and/or experiences that helped you to change your mind. How might you persuade others to change their minds about the topic, too?