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Ready to take the next step and apply to the University Honors Program? This page contains all you need to know to complete the process, whether you are a prospective Saint Louis University student, a current Billiken, transferring from another university or attending SLU-Madrid.

If you have a question about the process, contact an Honors admission counselor at 314-977-3951.

Eligibility Requirements and Considerations
To participate in the Honors program, incoming students must apply after being accepted into SLU but prior to enrolling. Current students who have earned less than 45 credit hours are also welcome to apply. To learn more about the separate admissions process into the University Honors Program, click on the section below that best describes you.

Students must reach the minimum GPA and ACT requirements in order to be considered for admission. In addition to the minimum requirements, the admission committee also evaluates applicants on the following:

  • Extraordinary academic ability as demonstrated through stellar performance in challenging courses
  • Clear articulation of the reasons for seeking admission into the UHP and a compelling description of potential contributions to the program
  • Distinctive, diverse, and extensive leadership experience
  • Well-rounded involvement with school or community

Please feel free to review samples of the scoring rubric used to evaluate traditional (i.e. high school) and current undergraduate applicants for admission to the University Honors Program.  

Incoming SLU Freshman Students:

Eligibility
The University Honors Program seeks applicants committed to academic excellence, leadership and service. Therefore, we invite prospective students to apply for admission to the Honors program who have:

  • Achieved a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8
  • Earned an official test score of at least 30 on the ACT or SAT of at least 1330 (math+critical reading)
  • Possess an outstanding academic record in a rigorous high school curricula

Application Process
Your application to the University Honors Program and to the Scholars programs is made in addition to your general SLU freshman admission application, and only complete applications will be considered for admission. The application consists of three components:

  1. The electronic application form for the University Honors Program. 
  2. A short, 500-word personal statement on the following question: 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?
  3. Two letters of recommendation that should comment not only on your academic potential but also on your range of interests, commitment to academic excellence and leadership potential. Letters of recommendation for the University Honors Program should be submitted with your general Saint Louis University freshman admission application.

The materials from your general SLU freshman admission application will also be reviewed. This includes your high school transcript, official test scores and the secondary school report.

Deadlines and Notification
The deadline to have all of your materials submitted to the Saint Louis University Office of Admission for Fall 2015 admission is Dec. 1, 2014. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions regarding their application by March 1, 2015.

Important Notes

  • Your applications will not be reviewed until all of your materials have been submitted. 
  • The Presidential Scholarship program and the University Honors Program have separate application processes, so an application for a Presidential Scholarship does not substitute as an application to the University Honors Program. To be considered for both, you must complete both.
  • If you miss the Dec. 1 deadline as an incoming freshman, you may apply as a current student during your first semester.

Current SLU Students:

Eligibility
The University Honors Program seeks applicants committed to academic excellence, leadership and service. Therefore, we invite current students to apply for admission to the Honors program who have:

  • Completed at least one semester at Saint Louis University
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Accrued fewer than 45 credit hours (not including enrolled hours)

Application Process
Only complete applications will be considered for admission. The application to the University Honors Program consists of three components:

  1. The electronic application form for the University Honors Program. 
  2. A short, 500-word personal statement on the following question: 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? 
  3. Two letters of recommendation that should comment not only on your academic potential but also on your range of interests, commitment to academic excellence and leadership potential. The most persuasive letters will come from SLU faculty members, advisors or other professionals qualified to speak to your academic abilities.
    • Submit your letters of recommendation directly to the University Honors Program via email, mail or fax

The materials submitted with your general application to SLU may also be reviewed as part of the admission process.

Deadlines and Notification
Application deadlines for current students are as follows:

  • Spring enrollment: Oct. 15, with acceptance notification by Dec. 20 
  • Fall enrollment: Feb. 16, with acceptance notification by April 1

Important Notes

  • Your applications will not be reviewed until all of your materials have been submitted.

Transfer Students:

Eligibility
If you plan to enroll at Saint Louis University after attending another college or university, you can also apply to the University Honors Program. We seek applicants committed to academic excellence, leadership and service. Therefore, we invite transfer students to apply who have:

  • Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Earned fewer than 45 credit hours.

Application Process
Only complete applications will be considered for admission. The application to the University Honors Program consists of three components:

  1. The electronic application form for the University Honors Program.
  2. A short, 500-word personal statement on the following question: 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?
  3. Two letters of recommendation that should comment not only on your academic potential but also on your range of interests, commitment to academic excellence and leadership potential. Letters of recommendation for the University Honors Program should be submitted with your general Saint Louis University admission application.

The materials submitted with your general application to SLU may also be reviewed as part of the admission process.

Deadlines and Notification
Application deadlines for transfer students are as follows:

  • Spring enrollment: Oct. 15, with acceptance notification by Dec. 20 
  • Fall enrollment: Aug. 1, with acceptance notification by Aug. 15

Important Notes

  • Your applications will not be reviewed until all of your materials have been submitted. 
  • Transfer students may request Honors credit (not to exceed 12 credit hours) for previous honors-level coursework. Decisions about awarding such credit are made at the discretion of the Honors program director at the time of admission.
  • Most transfer students will take a minimum of four courses at the upper-level at SLU, depending on decisions about transfer of prior work. Honors work completed at SLU must include the Honors senior seminar and the Honors capstone.

International Students:

Eligibility
The University Honors Program seeks applicants committed to academic excellence, leadership and service. We invite prospective international students to apply for admission to the Honors program who possess an outstanding academic record in a rigorous high school curricula, with the equivalent grade point average of at least 3.8 on a 4.0 scale (see here for country conversions) and a minimum English proficiency score of 90 on the TOEFL (IBT) or 7.0 on the IELTS.  Additionally, a 500-word personal statement is required for admission to the program.

International students interested in admission to the Honors Program are also encouraged to include a standardized test score (ACT or SAT) along with their application for admission to the university.  We understand not all students will have the ability to take the ACT or SAT, but the score serves an important purpose in the assessment of prospective students, if available.

Application Process
Only complete applications will be considered for admission. The application to the University Honors Program consists of three components:

  1. The electronic application form for the University Honors Program. 
  2. A short, 500-word personal statement on the following question: 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?

The materials submitted with your general application to SLU may also be reviewed as part of the admission process.

Deadlines and Notification
Application deadlines for international students are as follows:

  • Spring enrollment: Oct. 15, with acceptance notification by Dec. 20  
  • Fall enrollment: August 1, with acceptance notification by August 15

Important Notes

  • Your applications will not be reviewed until all of your materials have been submitted.

Madrid Students:

Saint Louis University students studying full-time on the Madrid campus are eligible to participate in the University Honors Program. Similar to students enrolled at SLU's Saint Louis campus, interested students may apply prior to enrolling at SLU or as current students.

Eligibility for Prospective Students
SLU-Madrid invites prospective students to apply for admission to the University Honors Program who have:

  • Achieved a high school GPA of 3.8
  • Earned an ACT composite score of 30 or an SAT score of 1330, as well as individuals educated outside the U.S. with outstanding achievement on national examinations

Individuals are also encouraged to apply who do not meet the test score and/or GPA requirements but demonstrate strong potential through writing samples and letters of recommendation.

Eligibility for Current Students 
SLU-Madrid invites current students to apply for admission to the University Honors Program who have:

  • Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Earned fewer than 45 earned credit hours 

Students who were not accepted to the University Honors Program as incoming students and now meet the eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process
Only complete applications will be considered for admission. The application to the University Honors Program consists of three components:

  1. The electronic application form for the University Honors Program. 
  2. A short, 500-word personal statement on the following question: 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? 
  3. Two letters of recommendation that should comment not only on your academic potential but also on your range of interests, commitment to academic excellence and leadership potential. The most persuasive letters will come from SLU faculty members, advisors or other professionals qualified to speak to your academic abilities. 
    • Submit your letters of recommendation directly to the University Honors Program via email, mail or fax

The materials submitted with your general application to SLU may also be reviewed as part of the admission process.

Deadlines and Notification
Applications from current students are reviewed on a rolling basis, with applicants notified within four weeks of submitting a complete application.

Important Notes

  • Applicant files are not reviewed until all materials have been submitted.
  • The application process is managed by the St. Louis campus, but interested students should contact Madrid Honors advisor Jaime Ortiz with any questions about the program.