Welcome to the Honors College at Grand Canyon University (GCU). We are excited to offer an academically enriching opportunity to bright, passionate, ambitious and motivated traditional students who are interested in experiential learning opportunities related to service and leadership. You will have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors, attend interdisciplinary symposia seminars, live in honors housing on campus, take advantage of priority registration opportunities and attend special events on campus.

As part of the GCU Honors College, you will be challenged on an individual basis through extracurricular activities and one-on-one mentoring opportunities with a faculty member. Through this personalized approach, our hope is that you will be well-equipped to move on to the next chapter in your academic journey or step into your career ahead of the curve.

In addition to experiencing an enhanced curriculum in the Honors College, you will benefit from additional privileges, including an honors diploma and designation on transcripts. Choose from any of our degree programs and still be a part of the Honors College. For more information about the Honors College and the benefits of becoming an honors student, call us at 855-GCU-LOPE.

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GCU's Honors College is designed to produce exemplary graduates who are uniquely equipped to lead and serve in the workplace as well as local and global communities. Our mission is to develop servant leaders and change agents who are primed to enter the world with a competitive advantage over their contemporaries in the fields of problem solving, communication, critical thinking, evidence-based decision-making and cultural awareness.

Why Should I Join the Honors College?

Considering the Honors College at GCU? Here are our top four reasons why you should consider this enriching experience:

  1. Exclusive honors clubs, organizations and programming that promotes professional development and career readiness
  2. Annual international excursions to encourage global and cultural awareness
  3. Faculty and peer mentorship to foster academic achievement and social involvement
  4. Enriching, interactive, hands-on learning environment founded on principles of ethics, service, leadership, research and cultural awareness
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Honors College Admission Requirements

If you are interested in joining the GCU Honors College, we invite you to apply for the following academic year. Your application will be reviewed holistically, based on both your academic achievements and your extracurricular activities.

To be eligible to apply for the Honors College, you must meet the following criteria:

Incoming Freshmen
Automatic acceptance, no secondary application required:
3.9 cumulative high school GPA or higher, OR
31 composite ACT score or higher, OR
1350 math and verbal SAT score or higher

Eligible to apply:
3.7 cumulative high school GPA or higher, OR
27 composite ACT score or higher, OR
1200 math and verbal SAT score or higher
Demonstrated passion for community service

Transfer Students
Automatic acceptance, no secondary application required:
3.5 cumulative college GPA or higher
Actively enrolled in a college honors program or Phi Theta Kappa

Eligible to apply:
3.5 cumulative college GPA or higher
Earned at least 24 or more college credits prior to seeking admission into the Honors College
Demonstrated passion for community service

If you are eligible for the DIRECT Chancellor, Chancellor IB or President Academic Scholarship, you are eligible to waive the secondary honors application and automatically enroll in the Honors College. Contact your admissions representative for more information.

Students graduating with an international baccalaureate diploma may also qualify for a Direct Start Chancellor Award and automatic enrollment into the Honors College.

The Honors College is committed to helping you get the most out of your GCU experience. Therefore, in order to stay in the Honors College, you will need to meet certain eligibility requirements. These requirements are set in place to ensure a standard of excellence is met or exceeded by all students in the program. Requirements are broken out into curricular and co-curricular activities.

Incoming Freshmen

Incoming freshmen will need to meet the following requirements to stay in the Honors College.

Curricular (20 credits)
8-12 credits of honors general education coursework
8-12 credits of honors coursework in your major

Four mandatory noncredit bearing symposia experiences are required annually throughout the program, with one occurring each year during the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior spring semesters. Students on a three- or 3.5-year graduation track will have an alternative opportunity provided in place of the fourth symposium.
You must maintain a 3.5 GPA at GCU.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are required to complete three areas of coursework, a total of 16 or 17 honors credits.

Curricular (16-17 credits)
8 credits of honors general education coursework
8-9 credits of honors coursework in your major

A number of non-credit bearing symposia experiences are required annually, depending on which year you enter the program.
You must maintain a 3.5 GPA at GCU.

Interested in applying to the Honors College? Speak with your admissions representative to see if you meet eligibility criteria or if you may qualify for automatic enrollment into the program.


As part of your application to the GCU Honors College, submit the following materials:

  • Personal statement essay of 500-750 words
  • Resume: updated resume to include both employment and community service
  • Two letters of recommendation

Accepting Your Seat

If you have been offered a seat in the Honors College and would like to accept it, call us at 855-GCU-LOPE for more information or speak with your admissions representative.


Student Resources and Events

Events for Prospective Honors Students

The Honors College hosts a number of events throughout the year. Attend an upcoming event to learn more about the advantages to joining our program.

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Honors Clubs and Organizations

The Honors College offers several honors clubs and organizations, available exclusively for students in our college:

  • Alpha Chi National College Honor Society
  • Colangelo Scholars
  • Honors Consortium Club
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • PKT Alumni Club
  • Honors STEMists