Honors College

Admission to the Honors College is separate. Students who seek admission to the Honors College must also apply for undergraduate admission.

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General Honors (Incoming Freshmen)

Application Deadline: February 1

Admission to the Honors College is competitive. Successful applicants are offered admission based on a combination of performance on standardized tests (ACT/SAT), high school academic record, evidence of creativity and leadership, and relative strength of the applicant pool.

Generally, the minimum criteria for consideration are 27 ACT (combined SAT score of 1210*) and a 3.5 core high school grade point average (as calculated by the Office of Admissions).** 

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*The written portion of the SAT is not considered in evaluation for Honors College admission.

**Core GPA is calculated with the student’s grades earned in coursework that is part of the college preparatory curriculum (CPC). Core GPA is computed on a four-point scale; thus, weighted grades earned in AP, advanced or honors classes are not calculated into core GPA. (Consideration is given to applicants attempting AP, advanced or honors coursework, but primary emphasis is on core grade point average.) 

Senior Honors (Transfer Students & Native USM Students)

Application Deadline: May 1 (fall applicants)  |  November 1 (spring/summer applicants)

Admission to Senior Honors is competitive. Successful applicants are offered admission based on academic record, demonstrated interest in conducting research, strength of letter of recommendation, writing skills and relative strength of the applicant pool. The minimum criteria for consideration are 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average and completion of at least 40 credit hours.