Freshmen Honors Admission

Applicant Criteria

In order to be considered, freshmen applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Composite ACT score of at least 30 or a combined SAT score of at least 1390 if SAT taken after March 2016
  • High school GPA of 3.8 or better

You’ll need the following to apply:

Completed application for admission to Saint Louis University
Online application for the University Honors program
Personal Statement
Strong leadership and involvement in high school
Two letters of recommendation (can be the same as those used for general admission)

An online application for the University Honors Program is available in conjunction with the SLU application

Completed applications should be submitted by Dec. 1. Decisions will be sent in early March. You will need to confirm your intention to join the honors program via a link sent with the acceptance. 

Personal Statement Prompt

Students need to respond to the following personal statement prompt as part of their application:

SLU honors students develop their ability to ask and answer questions effectively through rigorous coursework. As a Jesuit honors program, we also provide opportunities for critical reflection and personal exploration. With this in mind, identify a question that you would like to answer for or about yourself by the end of your college career. Why is that particular question important to you?

Program Requirements

Students in the University Honors Program complete a minimum of 24 units of honors credit to earn an honors distinction on the transcript. Credit hours can often be used toward both your major and the honors program.

In order to remain in good standing the with the University Honors Program, students must stay actively engaged with the program, complete honors coursework each semester and maintain a 3.5 GPA.  Failure to maintain the GPA or satisfactory levels of engagement may result in dismissal from the program, after a warning probation period of one semester.   

Students who meet all of the requirements graduate with an honors distinction on their transcripts, an award above the Latin honors that is granted to all students with a 3.5 or higher.