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Apply to the Honors College

We are thrilled you are interested in becoming a member of the Honors College. The College of Charleston Honors College is home to some of the brightest minds on campus and in Charleston. As such, admission into the Honors College requires an exceptional high school transcript, excellent written expression, demonstrated community involvement, and strong standardized test scores. 

Unequivocally, the most important aspect of an application to the Honors College is the high school transcript. Students admitted to Honors have excelled in the most rigorous courses available to them and have maintained a standard of excellence throughout their secondary school experience. Admission to Honors does not require a specific GPA, though the majority of students accepted have earned A’s in most of their schoolwork. Additionally, the Honors College partners with regional admissions representatives to provide a contextual reading for your transcripts and try to understand the type of environment you have experienced thus far.

Standardized testing is a component of the assessment process, though not the most important one. To our committee, strong SAT or ACT scores when presented with an applicant who submits a stellar transcript, a clear and concise writing sample, authentic and persuasive letters of recommendation and a compelling resume are simply a confirmation of that student’s potential. We encourage all students interested in the Honors College to apply, regardless of SAT or ACT score, as we recognize these tests may not represent some of the most valuable qualities (inquisitiveness, passion, hard work) that translate to success in a classroom environment.

Students accepted to the Honors College, on average, are in the top 10% of their class, demonstrate strong leadership and community engagement, and have test scores in the range of 1280-1400 (SAT) and 29-32 (ACT).