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Application Process


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 application, your Honors essay, résumé, contact information for your teacher recommendation, and senior year schedule should be sent to

If you have questions concerning your status at the Honors College, please email us at or call us at 843.953.7154.



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.


Scores must be sent directly from the CollegeBoard or ACT to the Office of Admissions. The Office of Admissions and the Honors College do not accept scores from high school transcripts. Subject tests are not required, but may useful in proving further subject mastery. SAT Code: 5113, ACT Code: 3846


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 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 


The Honors College requires one recommendation from a high school teacher in one of the following 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 complete the Honors College recommendation for your application to be complete. 

The Honors College will not accept recommendations through Naviance or other electronic means.


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 public 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