Honors Program

Honors Program Vision

The Concordia University Texas Honors Program offers motivated students a supportive cohort community of intellectually curious, creative, driven students of the highest integrity. The program is geared towards engaging the student with a transformational, alternative general education curriculum that is challenging, fun, and experiential. As a community of scholars, these students engage in academically rigorous, interdisciplinary, enriching courses towards the pursuit of developing into Christian leaders. Particular emphasis is given to the exploration of self within local and global communities. Graduates of the program are prepared to excel in their chosen vocation while serving their communities as responsible local and global citizens. The flexibility of this program allows students to combine it with almost any major or program that the college offers.

Honors Program Mission Statement

To challenge and engage the curiosity of a community of outstanding students.

Characteristics of the Honors Program (and why you should apply!)

  • Cohort community of intellectually curious, creative, driven students
  • Specialized, dynamic general education experience
  • Austin as a classroom
  • Exploration of self within local and global communities
  • Small group discussions
  • Emphasis on experiential learning
  • Opportunities to build relationships with peers and professors
  • Freedom to fail
  • Honors Program distinction on academic transcript and at commencement ceremony
  • Honors Program scholarships
  • Specialized advising
  • Participation in co-curricular Honors Program activities and meals

Application Requirements

New freshmen, continuing students, and transfer students are eligible to apply for admission to the Honors Program. While oriented primarily toward students who have achieved a certain level of academic success (as demonstrated by a 3.0 GPA and a 1210/27 ACT/SAT score), the Honors Program is open to any student interested in committing to this challenging and rewarding program.

To apply to become a member of the Honors Program, you must be first accepted into the University. Visit the Admissions website to learn more.

For more information on the Honors Program application process or to begin the process, talk to your admissions counselor or contact Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon or Dr. Eric Staron.

First-Time Freshmen

Continuing and Transfer Students

HS GPA 3.0 on 4.0 scale

SAT / ACT scores 1210/27

Formal application form

Professional resume'

Reaction essay to community-themed prompt

College GPA 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

Formal application form

Professional resume'

Faculty recommendation

Reaction essay to community-themed prompt

Admission to the Honors Program will be determined by a committee composed of the program's co-directors, as well as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Admission will be conducted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.

To remain in good standing in the Honors Program, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. Students receiving grade of D in any Honors course may be put on probation from the program.

Co-Directors of the Honors Program

Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon
Director of the School of Fine Arts
Phone: 512-313-5410
Email: kelly.gordon@concordia.edu
Office: C-160

Dr. Eric Staron
Chair of Mathematics
Phone: 512-313-5533
Email: eric.staron@concordia.edu
Office: D-165