Admission to the Honors Program is highly competitive. Twenty-four students entered the Program last year from an initial application pool of 200. Acceptance is based on academic achievement, test scores, extracurricular interests and involvements, independent intellectual achievement, skill in effective expression, letters of recommendation, personal interview, and the quality of the essay on the Honors application form.
Normally, students should have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.7 and SAT score of 1350 (Critical Reading and Math sections) or a 30 ACT. Admission to the Honors Program is available only to incoming freshmen. Transferring into the Program as a sophomore or junior is impossible given the amount of the Program covered in the first years.
Honors Applications should be submitted by February 1. A student with a completed Honors Application may be invited to the second phase of the admission process: an interview (preferably in person, but interviews are also conducted over the phone) with the Program Director and three current Honors students. Interviews will be conducted during the last two weeks of March and the first week of April. Notification of acceptance into the Program and the awarding of the Honors Scholarship is done by the second week of April.
All students who apply to the Honors Program must also submit a regular Gonzaga University Application for Admission by February 1. Acceptance to the Program presupposes a complete and successful application to the University itself.
The following checklist outlines how to complete the Honors Application process:
1) Complete and submit the Honors Application by February 1, including:
- Main body of Honors Application
- One letter of recommendation from a teacher you consider to be one of your most demanding
2) Complete and submit the Gonzaga University Application for Admission by February 1, including:
- Application for Admission
- Supplemental Information
- Teacher/Counselor Evaluation
- School Report
- Official high school and college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT I and/or ACT score reports
3) File the FAFSA by February 1 for need-based aid priority consideration.
Honors Program finalists are interviewed during the last two weeks of March and the first week of April. Admission decisions are mailed during the second week of April. Students accepted into the Honors Program must make a verbal commitment to enroll by the third week of April and submit a Confirmation Deposit by May 1.