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Are you considering the Honors College at Grand Canyon University (GCU)? As part of the Honors College, you will have access to exclusive honors clubs, organizations and programming that promotes professional development and career readiness. In addition, you have the opportunity to participate in annual international excursions to encourage global and cultural awareness.

As part of the Honors College experience, you will work with faculty and receive peer mentorship to foster academic achievement and social involvement. Become a part of the Honors College today to enjoy an enriching, interactive, hands-on learning environment founded on principles of ethics, service, leadership, research and cultural awareness.


Your College, Your Program

As part of the Honors College at GCU, you have the opportunity to earn any of our distinct undergraduate degrees offered on our main campus. Find out more about which degrees are available to you:


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.

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Admission Criteria

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 a Chancellor or President Award scholarship, you may waive the 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.

Program Requirements

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

Co-curricular

  • 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 3.25 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

Co-curricular

  • A number of non-credit bearing symposia experiences are required annually, depending on which year you enter the program.
  • You must maintain a 3.25 GPA at GCU.

Apply

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.

Materials

As part of your application to the GCU Honors College, submit the following materials:
• An honors essay: must be typed and no less than 500 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 enrollment representative.

Benefits and Opportunties

  • Priority course registration 
  • P.A.C. Professional and Leadership Development Program 
  • College and curriculum founded on the five core domains of Ethics, Research, Service, Leadership and Cultural Awareness 
  • Supportive community and special group of like-minded, high-achieving peers 
  • Freshmen-only honors housing in The Grove's Juniper Hall 
  • Opportunities for internships and community service learning projects 
  • Annual International European Excursion, honors exclusive mission trips and study abroad 
  • Priority for select student worker positions and internships 
  • Five honors clubs and organizations including Colangelo Scholars and Honors STEMists 
  • Honors Dean Speaker Series 
  • Purposeful and intentional assistance with career planning 
  • Honors student services advisors (SSAs) 
  • Exclusive honors events including Annual Amazing Race Leadership Retreat and Honors Banquet
  • Honors research and project-based opportunities 
  • No additional fees or tuition charges!

Minors

Whether you wish to gain knowledge in a specific area or pursue one of your passions, a minor can you help achieve your goal. Get more information and learn about the benefits of earning a minor.

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I've always had a genuine interest in the forensic science field, but GCU's Honors College Personal Academic Boot Camp opened my eyes to a whole new world beyond cracking cases on CSI and taking biotechnology classes.

My favorite part of the boot camp experience was observing a real-life court case and watching scientists take fingerprints from a dead body.

After that, I knew this was definitely the career path for me.

- Abbie Perzan, Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science