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Application Process

ADMISSIONS STEPS FOR THE HONORS COLLEGE

The Honors College application is comprised of seven components:

  1. College of Charleston online application
  2. Transcripts
  3. Test Scores
  4. Honors Essay
  5. Teacher Recommendation
  6. Résumé
  7. Counselor Recommendation (optional) 

If you do not submit them on the application, your Honors essay, résumé, contact information for your teacher and/or counselor recommendations and senior year schedule (if not included in transcript) should be sent to HCapplicants@cofc.edu.

If you have questions concerning your status at the Honors College, 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 transcripts you submit do not include your senior year courses, please also submit your class schedule.

OFFICIAL SAT OR ACT SCORES

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: 5113ACT 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 one of the following prompts in Word and then upload the file to your College of Charleston application. You can also submit your response to HCapplicants@cofc.edu if your essay is not complete at the time of submission

  1. Often a small event can shape a life. Identify an event in your life – something that an outsider might consider insignificant – that had an unexpected impact on you. Discuss why it affected you so significantly and how it contributed to the person you are today.
  2. What global or national event in the past three years has had the greatest impact on your view on a particular issue? In your response, be sure to discuss how and why your views changed.
  3. Outside of your own academic/professional area of interest or potential major requirements, what coursework would you like to pursue at the College of Charleston to learn more about a skill, subject, or idea that interests you. Explain why you are interested in this coursework and how you believe it will be essential to your intellectual preparation. 

TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

The Honors College requires one recommendation from a teacher in one of the following subject areas: English, Math, Science, History or a foreign language. You will provide us 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. 

We strongly encourage our applicants to have their Guidance or College Counselor complete the Secondary School Report on the application as well. This form gives our admissions committee important information about how your high school calculates GPA and weights courses. It also allows them to include additional comments regarding your ability and fit for both the College of Charleston and the Honors College. If you wish to provide an optional counselor recommendation, please provide the first name, last name and email address for your counselor in the Secondary School Report section of the application and we will contact that person on your behalf. We will not accept a second teacher recommendation in lieu of a counselor recommendation.  

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

RESUME

The resume 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.  Activities that occurred before entering high school should be excluded. We also recommend you limit yourself to 1-2 pages. You should upload this document to the application or send it to HCapplicants@cofc.edu.