Apply for the Honors Program

Admission to the Honors Program is highly competitive. Thirty-eight students entered the Program last year from an initial pool of 288. Acceptance is based on academic achievement, test scores, extracurricular interests and involvements, independent intellectual achievement, skill in effective expression, personal interview, and the quality of the essay on the Honors application form.

Normally, students should have a minimum unweighted 3.7 GPA and 1380 new SAT score (Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing and Math sections) or 1350 old SAT score (Critical Reading and Math sections) or a 30 ACT score. Admission to the Honors Program is available only to incoming first year students. Transferring into the Program as a sophomore or junior is impossible given the amount of the Program covered in the first years.

Honors Applications can be submitted in two pools depending on whether a student is applying to the University under non-binding Early Action or Regular Decision. A student with a completed Honors Application may be invited to the second phase of the admission process: an interview (in person, over the phone, or via Skype or Face Time) with the Program Director or Associate Director and current Honors students.

Online Honors Program Application

Acceptance to the Program presupposes a complete and successful application to the University itself.

Non-Binding Early Action

Gonzaga Common Application Deadline: November 15
Honors Application Deadline: January 16 (extended)
Interviews Conducted: early to mid-February
Selections for Honors Program Announced: end of February
Selected Students Reply to Gonzaga: May 1

Regular Decision

Gonzaga Common Application Deadline: February 1
Honors Application Deadline: February 13 (extended)
Interviews Conducted: mid to the end of March
Selections for Honors Program Announced: beginning of April
Selected Students Reply to Gonzaga: May 1

* Early Action students may apply to Honors under either deadline.

The following checklist outlines how to complete the Honors Application process:

  1. Complete and submit the Honors Application including:
  2. Complete and submit the Gonzaga University Application for Admission including:
    • Application for Admission
    • Supplemental Information (if applicable)
    • Academic Teacher Evaluation
    • School Report
    • Official high school and college transcripts (if applicable)
    • SAT I and/or ACT score reports

Students accepted into the Honors Program who want to attend must submit the University Confirmation Deposit and notify the Honors Program Coordinator by May 1.


Carie A. Weeks
Honors Program Coordinator
Assistant Dean of Admission
(509) 313-6547

Read some helpful tips about application essays and admissions interviews. 

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502 E. Boone
Spokane, WA 99258
(509) 313-6547