Application Process

ADMISSIONS STEPS FOR THE HONORS COLLEGE

TEST-OPTIONAL INFORMATION

Students who are applying for freshman admission in fall 2021 can choose to have their application evaluated without SAT or ACT scores. The application will open August 1.

View the Test-optional FAQs for further info.

The Honors College application is comprised of these primary components:

  • College of Charleston Online Application - apply using either the CofC Application or the Common App
  • Honors College Application - available on the Honors College tab of your CofC Applicant Portal
    • Teacher Recommendation
    • Résumé
    • Honors Essay

If you have questions concerning your Honors College application status, please email us at honors@cofc.edu or call us at 843.953.1252.

 

screenshot of applicant portal

The Honors College application is housed within the CofC applicant portal (shown above). Once you are logged into the portal, you will click on the Honors College tab (in yellow) to access the Honors College application. 


REQUIRED MATERIALS FOR THE HONORS COLLEGE APPLICATION

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. The Honors admissions team has access to the transcripts submitted with your CofC application, so there is no need to submit these again with your Honors application. Transcripts are reviewed closely to see the rigor of your curriculum and how well you did in those courses, which help the Honors admissions team determine if you are academically prepared for the Honors curriculum.  

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. On the Honors College application, you will provide us with your preferred teacher's first name, last name, email address, and course subject, and the Honors College will reach out to them to solicit a reference. If you submitted recommendation letters through the Common App, please use the space on the supplemental application to indicate which teacher’s letter you would like to use for your Honors application. 

RESUME

The resume should serve as an outline of your extracurricular involvement throughout high school. Though there is no specific format, focus on your 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

HONORS ESSAY

In evaluating your essay, our Honors Committee, which is comprised of faculty members, pays 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 Honors supplemental application. The prompt for the Class of 2025 is as follows:     

Septima Poinsette Clark, an education and civil rights activist from Charleston, is credited with the following quote: “We need to be taught to study rather than believe, to inquire rather than to affirm." Do you agree or disagree with that statement? What is the role of education – particularly higher education – in our lives and communities? Develop an argument that uses examples to defend your position.

Check out some of our tips to craft the best response you can!

OPTIONAL MATERIALS FOR THE HONORS COLLEGE APPLICATION

STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES

Students who are applying for admission to the College of Charleston for fall 2021 can choose to have their application evaluated without SAT or ACT scores. If you apply test-optional to the College of Charleston, your test scores will not be considered in the review of your Honors application. The Honors College has never required a minimum test score and looks at applicants’ academic preparedness holistically, so students not submitting a test score will not be disadvantaged in the review process. If you choose to submit test scores in your College of Charleston application review, we will take those into account in the Honors review process. Additional information about submitting test scores may be found on the Admissions website