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Apply to the Honors College

"The College of Charleston Honors College made me feel like I was more than a student with a GPA. They made me feel like I was a person with individual goals and aspirations." -CofC Honors Student, Ellie Flock

Admission into the Honors College requires an exceptional high school transcript, excellent written expression, involvement in his or her local community 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. However, those same strong test scores in conjunction with an otherwise mediocre application are not as compelling. 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. That being said, the SAT average for the Fall 2017 entering class is 1337, and the ACT average is 29.4. Additionally, the average accepted student has an 'A' average and is in the top 10% of their class.