Honors Institute

Honors Admission Criteria for Transfer and Current Students

The Honors program is for students attending the ground campus, allowing students to benefit fully from prescribed honors coursework and progression of activities and experiences. A select group of 300 total applicants will be admitted each year in order to maintain the optimal student-faculty/mentor ratio. The annual limit will consist of both new freshmen and transfer students combined. Below are the criteria for transfer students wishing to join the Honors Institute.

Qualified candidates will generally meet the below criteria. However, honors students will be selected on a holistic basis based on their preparedness for the academic rigor of the honors curriculum and no single factor or combination of factors will guarantee or prevent admission. We advise applicants to discuss both their educational and service/leadership background in the application.

Competency Requirements:

  • Admitted into the university
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Earned at least 24 or more college credits prior to seeking admission into the Honors Institute
  • Demonstration of passion for community service and leadership
  • For Phi Theta Kappa members, click here.

Additional Requirements:

  • Complete the Honors Program Transfer Application
  • Résumé - Please send your résumé that includes both employment and community service.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - Letters should be written on behalf of the applicant from high school teachers or counselors. Because our Honors program focuses on servant leadership along with scholarship, it is strongly recommended that applicants also seek out individuals who can speak to community service, employment and leadership. Letters of recommendation are most helpful when each provides new, insightful perspectives regarding the applicant's accomplishments and appropriateness for the program that is not always obvious in the application.
  • Application Essay - Please write an essay (500-750 words) based on the following topics and include the essay with your application materials. You must write on the 'required' topic and one of the 'additional' topics. Essays must be type written and double-spaced. Be sure to proofread your essay for correct grammar, clarity, organization, thoroughness, relevance to the topics, proper punctuation and correct spelling.
    • Required Topic (All applicants must include this topic in their essay paper. The material must be a minimum of 250 words)          
      • Explain your service involvement or leadership role in the local community and describe what you learned from those experiences.
    • Additional Topics (Choose one of the following to include with the required topic. The response must be a minimum of 250 words)
      • Why are you interested in pursuing the Honors Distinction at GCU and how can you contribute to the honors community on campus?
      • How do you hope to change personally and intellectually as a result of participating in the GCU Honors Program?
      • Describe a situation from your life where you were a change agent or a servant leader.
      • If someone were to describe you as an animal, what would you be and why?
      • Explain how a steam engine, a table and a bottle are similar.
      • If you could meet one famous leader in history, who would it be and why?
      • Based on your desired college major, in what way could your discipline impact the world?
  • Submit any additional materials/work products/ documentation which allow us to learn more about you as an individual or candidate for this program.

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