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University Honors Program Eligibility

We accept applications from current high school students, current SIUE students, and students from other colleges and universities who plan to transfer to SIUE. All students must be admitted to SIUE before they can apply for the University Honors Program.

High School Students
  • Applications available for fall entry only
  • ACT composite score of 25 or higher or 1200 SAT
  • High school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

Note: Students who have earned a minimum 1260 SAT ERW + M or 27 ACT should also consider applying for the Meridian Scholarship. Meridian Scholars are automatically admitted to the University Honors Program. 

Current SIUE and Transfer Students
  • Applications available for fall and spring entry
  • Completion of less than 60 credit hours (not including college credits earned in high school through dual enrollment, AP credits, etc.)
  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.5

Please note: All students interested in the University Honors Program should apply even if all application criteria is not met. When completing your application, please explain any extenuating circumstances we should consider, as well as why you would be a good fit for the University Honors Program. The Honors Program Director will consider these applications on a case-by-case basis.

Application Deadlines

High School Seniors or First-Time College Attendees Entering Fall 2020

  • Priority Consideration Deadline: February 17
    • Up to 20 students who apply by this deadline will be admitted and notified by March 2. Students who are not admitted in February will be considered for admission by our regular deadline.
    • Students admitted through priority consideration will receive advanced consideration for their first semester Honors courses, priority Honors Orientation/Springboard to Success dates, and priority for the Honors Focused Interest Community assuming all other deadlines have been met.
  • Regular Consideration Deadline: Extended to April 17
    • Students who apply by this date will be notified by the first week of May.
    • Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Current SIUE and Transfer Students

  • Priority Consideration: June 1
    • Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Application Items 

The application consists of three parts:

  1. Contact and application information
  2. A description of your involvement and accomplishments through your school and community. The application includes the following areas
    • Academic Achievements and Recognition
    • Organizations and Activities
    • Athletic and Artistic Endeavors
    • Community Activities
    • Volunteering and Community Service
    • Work and Internship Activities
    • Other Activities
  3. An essay on one of these topics:
    • Red, blue or green?
    • Solve for x.

Additional information and guidance can be found on the application.

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