Incoming Freshmen


The College of Charleston Honors College provides highly motivated students with the opportunities and challenges they are seeking to make the most of their college experience. Honors students benefit from small, discussion-based courses in a wide range of disciplines; early and frequent access to research, internship, and study away opportunities; personalized mentoring with an Honors faculty member; priority course registration; and a vibrant living learning community.

Students can apply to the Honors College simultaneously while applying to the College of Charleston through the CofC admissions portal or CofC's supplement on the Common App

Ready to apply?

Honors Application Materials

Applicants must submit a supplemental essay on their application to the College of Charleston. The essay prompt for incoming freshmen applicants for Fall 2022 is below. Responses should be 500-700 words in length. You can review a list of Honors-specific essay tips here.

Consider the following individual identity descriptors: creator, doer, explorer, change agent, seeker. Choose one of these descriptors that best encapsulates your core identity. Provide 2-3 concrete examples of how the descriptor you chose reflects your identity. How might this core identity translate into action as a scholar citizen at the College of Charleston? In what ways do you hope to develop your core identity during college? 

What We Look For

Honors College applications are reviewed holistically, and the Honors Committee considers:

  • The rigor of your high school coursework and your performance in the classroom,
  • Your response to the supplemental essay,
  • Demonstrated leadership and community engagement listed in the activities section of the application, and
  • Test scores (if submitted)


Honors Priority Deadline: The priority deadline is also the Early Action deadline for CofC! Apply by November 1 and receive your Honors decision along with your CofC decision by December 15.

Honors Deadline: Apply by January 15 and receive your decision by March 1.

Applications completed after January 15 will be considered on a rolling and space-available basis.


All applicants who complete their application by the Honors priority deadline are considered for invitation to interview for the Charleston Fellows Program, College of Charleston's top scholars program. For more information on institutional and other scholarship opportunities, please visit the Office of Financial Aid's website.