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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 1280 SAT ERW + M or 27 ACT should also consider applying for the Meridian Scholarship. Meridian Scholars are automatically admitted to the University Honors Program. 

College 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 Entering Fall 2019

  • Extended Application Deadline: March 29

Current SIUE and Transfer Students

  • Priority Consideration: May 1

Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis. 

University Honors Program Application

Application Items 

Use the list below to pull your application information together. Doing so should reduce your online application time to approximately 15 minutes.

  • A list of accomplishments that highlight your involvement in your school and community. The application includes the following areas (although you do not need to have accomplishments in each area).
    • Academic Achievements and Recognition
    • Organizations and Activities
    • Athletic and Artistic Endeavors
    • Community Activities
    • Volunteering and Community Service
    • Work and Internship Activities
    • Other Activities 
  • A prepared essay using one of the following essay topics
    • What makes you unique? Discuss the personal qualities that make you stand out from others and the experiences that have helped shape you. How have these unique qualities led you to be interested in attending SIUE, and how do you anticipate harnessing them to contribute to the SIUE community, the nation and the world.
    • Red, blue, or green? 
    • The deepest human impulse is poetic. Humans create categories to make the world a meaningful experience—the experience of the world and our actions. Such categories (idea/matter; physical/spiritual; form/substance; proper/sketchy/whack; productive/wasteful; divine/human/animal) allow us to navigate the world and order our relationship with our companions. For this essay, create, explain, and apply (give examples) of YOUR basic categories for navigating the world.
  • Essay Guidelines:
    • Upload your essay during the online application process
    • Must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document
    • Double spaced
    • Include your name on your essay
    • 1,000 word maximum (approximately 2-3 pages).
      • While there is no minimum word count requirement, please be sure your essay is complete, answers the question, and takes a creative approach to the question.
    • Your file should be saved in the following format: Last Name, First Name.
      • For example, if your name were Rose Smith, you would save the essay as “Smith, Rose."
  • Academic Reference name and contact information.
    • Current high school students should provide an academic contact who has taught or had other academic contact with you during your junior
      or senior year.
    • College students must provide an academic reference from someone who has taught you at the collegiate level. 

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