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Application Process

ADMISSIONS STEPS FOR THE HONORS COLLEGE

The Honors College application is comprised of six components:

  1. College of Charleston Online Application 
  2. Transcripts
  3. Test Scores
  4. Honors Essay
  5. Teacher Recommendation
  6. Résumé

If you do not submit them on the College of Charleston application, your Honors essay, résumé, contact information for your teacher recommendation, and senior year schedule should be sent to HCapplicants@cofc.edu.

If you have questions concerning your Honors College application status, please email us at honors@cofc.edu or call us at 843.953.7154.


REQUIRED MATERIALS FOR THE HONORS COLLEGE

HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS

You have the option of uploading an unofficial transcript to the online application or having your school sending these directly to the Office of Admissions. If you have completed any college courses while enrolled in high school, please request the college send an official transcript to the Office of Admissions as well. Since we look to see how rigorous your high school course of study is, if the transcript(s) you submit do not include your senior year courses, please also submit your class schedule.

STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES

The Office of Admissions and the Honors College accept unofficial test scores to make admission decisions and award merit scholarships. Test scores may be submitted via high school transcripts, high school counselors, and testing agency websites. All results must include your name, test date, all sub-scores, and one additional form of identification (e.g. birth date, email, or mailing address). You must provide official test results directly from the testing agency by June 1 to enroll. We do not require SAT subject tests or SAT/ACT writing tests, but they may be submitted as additional information. Additional information may be found on the Admissions website. SAT Code: 5113, ACT Code: 3846

HONORS ESSAY

In evaluating your essay, our Honors Committee pays particular attention to the mechanics, as well as the clarity and precision with which you convey your ideas and arguments. Prepare a 500-800 word response to the following prompt and submit it with your College of Charleston application. You can also submit your response to HCapplicants@cofc.edu if your Honors Essay is not complete at the time of submission. The prompt for the Class of 2023 is as follows:  

Scholar citizens are committed to pursuing academic excellence while also engaging real-world issues. What is a significant challenge facing scholar citizens in the 21st century? How will a liberal arts and sciences education help equip you to address that challenge? 

You can use your Honors College essay for the general application, but you cannot use an essay written to the general College of Charleston application for your Honors College application. We recommend that you write your Honors essay first and use it in both places. 

Worried about your essay? Check out some of our tips.  

TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

The Honors College requires one recommendation from a high school teacher in one of the following core subject areas: English, Math, Science, History or a foreign language. You will provide us with your preferred teacher's first name, last name and email address, and the Honors College will reach out to them to solicit a reference. Your recommender must submit the recommendation for the Honors College section of your application to be complete. 

RESUME

The résumé should serve as an outline of your extracurricular involvement throughout high school. Though there is no specific format, it is prudent to highlight experiences that demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service in a professional manner. Activities that occurred before entering high school should be excluded. We also recommend you limit yourself to 1-2 pages. For more assistance, feel free to follow some of our tips. You should upload this document (in pdf format) to the application or send it to HCapplicants@cofc.edu.