Honors College Program (First Year Students Only)

Honors College membership is comprised of students with outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and community service. Membership in Honors is competitive with a maximum of 80 seats offered each Fall. Current membership includes students from 57 academic majors. These accepted students live on the sixth and seventh floor of Allegheny Hall.


With our motto, “to be honorable is to serve” we are about shaping leaders across all disciplinary areas who are motivated by a desire for community engagement.  Admission is highly competitive with the number of seats limited to 80 in each entering class.   Students who have been accepted to WCU and meet the following requirements will be invited to apply for the Honors College.  The Honors application will be available through your student portal.

Successful candidates have a combination of the following:

  • SAT of 1270 minimum or ACT of 27 minimum*
  • Minimum cumulative high school (unweighted) GPA of 3.60
  • Top 20 percent of graduating class
  • Achievement in advanced curriculum (AP/Honors) when available through a given school
  • Co-curricular involvement and leadership in school and/or community
  • Community Service
If your experience reflects a majority of these characteristics, we welcome your consideration of making an application.  A committee reviews the Honors application (consisting of essays describing involvement in co-curricular activities, leadership development, and fit with the Honors College mission), in preparation for a personal interview.  Interview sessions are held on select Saturdays in the Spring semester.

*Submitting SAT and/or ACT scores will be an optional, not required, part of the admissions process for students applying to attend West Chester University in the Fall of 2022.

Candidates offered a seat in the incoming First-Year Student class are expected to attend the Honors Summer Symposium in July.

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Dates and Deadlines

Final Honors College admission decisions are made by the last week of April, and a waiting list is established. No seats may be guaranteed/held until a deposit is paid to the university.

Candidates offered a seat in the incoming First-Year Student class are expected to attend a Summer Orientation session in June, as well as the Honors Summer Symposium in July.

Transfer Credits

Many Honors students have success with AP examinations. Exam scores should be communicated to the Honors College office as soon as they are available as they often positively impact graduation requirements. Please review the transfer credit instructions from the Registrar's Office website.

Students not admitted into the Program as first year incoming students and who are interested in the Honors College should review requirements for the Honors Seminar Program.

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