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How to Apply to the Honors Program

Students visiting Brazil with the Honors Program

How to Apply as Incoming Freshmen/Transfer Students:

Students applying to Mount Saint Mary’s University as incoming traditional undergraduate freshmen or transfer students in pursuit of their baccalaureate degrees can apply to the Honors Program through the Common Application or for transfer BSN students, through the MSMU Online Application. These prospective Honors Scholars interested in applying to the Honors Program must complete a supplemental “Honors Program” essay question in the Common Application or MSMU Online Application (for BSN transfer students).

Upon admittance to Mount Saint Mary’s University, applications which contain the required supplemental “Honors Program” essay will be reviewed. In consideration for admittance into the Honors Program, these students must have earned a cumulative 3.5 GPA during high school and or a cumulative 3.5 GPA during all college courses.

If you are a transfer student and you have completed less than 24 transferrable units, please know that your official high school transcript and official SAT or ACT test scores will also be used for evaluation into the Honors Program.

All components of prospective Honors Scholars’ Common Application or MSMU Online Application (for BSN transfer students), including their official transcripts, official SAT or ACT test scores, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and co-curricular or extracurricular involvement, may be reviewed for admittance consideration. Upon admittance to Mount Saint Mary’s University and the Honors Program, students will receive the recognition of “Honors at Entrance” and will be invited to participate upon starting their first year at the Mount.

Transferring in Honors Courses in the Mount Saint Mary’s University Honors Curriculum:

If you are a transfer student and have completed honors courses from previous accredited colleges or universities that are members of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) or Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC), you may submit a request to the Director of the Honors Program for transfer equivalency consideration for up to 6 units in the Mount Saint Mary’s University Honors Curriculum, only after admitted into the Honors Program at Mount Saint Mary’s University. These honors courses must be first transferable units into the University and then will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for equivalency in the Honors Program.

How to Apply as Current Mount Saint Mary’s University Students

Current traditional undergraduate Mount Saint Mary’s University students interested in applying to the Honors Program must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA and must ordinarily apply by the end of their sophomore standing year. Under some unique circumstances, highly motivated students may apply to the Honors Program at the end of their junior standing year, though only if time and space in the prospective Honors Scholars’ schedule permits for fulfilling the Honors Program requirements.

If you are a transfer student currently enrolled at Mount Saint Mary’s University, please know that your Mount Saint Mary’s University cumulative GPA must be a 3.5 and your transfer cumulative GPA must be a 3.5.

In consideration of the Honors Program, prospective Honors Scholars must first attend an information session hosted by the Honors Program either in the fall or spring semester prior to applying to learn more about requirements and expectations. Prospective Honors Scholars in attendance will receive an Honors Program application and information on supplemental documents to be submitted (essay, letters of recommendation, resume, etc.). Applications are made available and reviewed during the Spring semester for admittance during the upcoming school year.

If current Mount Saint Mary’s University students previously applied to the Honors Program as incoming freshmen or transfer students but were not admitted and awarded “Honors at Entrance” or applied as current students and were not admitted, they may certainly reapply for consideration to the Honors Program.

NOTE: All prospective Honors Scholars interested in applying to the Honors Program at Mount Saint Mary’s University, whether applying as an incoming freshmen, incoming transfer student, or current Mount student, must have at least 1 consecutive Fall/Spring year remaining, though preferably 2 consecutive Fall/Spring years remaining at Mount Saint Mary’s University. This requirement is to assure successful completion of the requirements of the Honors Program.