The Honors College has two distinct academic programs: Honor's College Program (First Year Students Only) and the Honors Seminar Program.
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 40 seats offered each fall. Current membership includes students from 36 different academic majors. These accepted students live on the seventh floor of Allegheny Hall.
Incoming, accepted first year students, who meet the following requirements, will have their admissions materials reviewed. Based on this review, a select group of candidates will receive an invitation letter from the director with instructions to complete an online application.
A committee reviews the Honors application (consisting of essays describing involvement in co-curricular activities, commitment to leadership development, and fit with the Honor College mission), in preparation for an on-campus personal interview. These interview sessions are held on select Saturdays in the Spring semester. You will be assigned an interview date which you will find in your letter of invitation to apply.
Final Honors College admission decisions are made by the week of April 23rd 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 Fall 2018 class are expected to attend Summer Orientation Session #7 on June 28, 2018 as well as the Honors Summer Symposium July 15-19, 2018.
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.
Students transferring from other institutions or native WCU students not entering Honors as incoming freshmen may apply for the Honors Seminar Program. Eligibility requires:
The Honors Seminar Program affords all benefits of full Honors College membership---including access to all Honors Student Association (H.S.A.) events, enhanced scheduling, and transcript and graduation recognition. There is no SAT requirement for the seminar program.
Students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of Honors course work at the HON 351-452 level and demonstrate active contributions and service to co-curricular elements of the campus community for transcript and graduation recognition.
A minimum of three HON 351-452 level courses are offered each semester. These are small group (15-24 students) seminar offerings that are interdisciplinary with writing emphasis and have no prerequisites. Students may petition, on special circumstances, to substitute an HON 400-level independent study for three hours of credit.