Honors Program

A Supportive & Engaging Community of Scholars

The Honors Program supports a cohort community of intellectually curious, creative and highly motivated students.

Its mission is to challenge and engage the curiosity of a community of outstanding students.

As a community of scholars, students engage in academically rigorous, interdisciplinary, enriching courses, and in developing as Christian leaders. Emphasis is on self-exploration within local and global communities, and graduates are prepared to excel in their chosen vocation, while serving their communities as responsible local and global citizens.

Challenging Curriculum

The Honors Program offers transformational, alternative curriculum that is challenging, fun and experiential. Program flexibility allows students to combine it with most majors or programs offered at the University.

Program Activities & Benefits

  • 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

Eligibility, Admission Requirements & How to Apply

Eligibility

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 (3.0 GPA and 1210/27 ACT / SAT score), the program is open to any student interested in committing to a challenging and rewarding program.

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

Requirements

First-time Freshmen:

  • HS GPA 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • SAT / ACT scores 1210/27
  • Formal application form
  • Professional resume'
  • Reaction essay to community-themed prompt

Continuing & Transfer Students:

  • College GPA 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Formal application form
  • Professional resume'
  • Faculty recommendation
  • Reaction essay to community-themed prompt

Admission

Admission to the Honors Program is determined by a committee of program co-directors and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Admission will be conducted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.

How to Apply

To apply to become a member of the Honors Program, you must first apply and be admitted to the university.

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