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Applying to the University Honors Program

The University Honors Program welcomes students from all majors to apply for admission. While most students join as first-year students, current SLU students and transfer students are also invited to apply.

Beyond examining a student's academic record, the Saint Louis University Honors Program seeks students who are intellectually curious and who seek opportunities to take rigorous coursework and conduct original research.  The Program considers the following when evaluating applicants:

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

Regardless of student type, all students are required to answer the following prompt as their personal statement:

The University Honors Program invites students to reflect critically on questions related to professional and academic goals, responsibilities to themselves and their communities, and an overall sense of what makes for a good life. This process of discernment often begins with an honest self-assessment — embracing certain parts of our identity and, occasionally, challenging the labels placed upon us by our families, communities, and society more broadly. For this essay, we invite you to respond to the following prompt (500 words maximum): “Although I am _____, I am not _____.”

The personal statement is the best means for you to share who you are with our admissions committee, so be creative and strive to write authentically. Don’t just try to write what you think we want to hear or what you think “an honors student” should say. We look forward to reading your essay.

Submit letters of recommendation directly to the University Honors Program. Applications will not be reviewed until all materials have been submitted.

If you have a question about the process, contact an honors staff member at 314-977-3951.

How to Apply

Incoming Freshmen

Incoming freshmen can find information on applying here.

Current Students

Requirements:

  • At least one semester at Saint Louis University; students can apply during their first semester at SLU in anticipation of meeting entrance criteria. 
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Fewer than 45 completed credit hours (not including enrolled hours)

Application Materials:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation that comment on your academic potential, range of interests, commitment to academic excellence and leadership potential. The most persuasive letters will come from faculty members, advisers or other professionals qualified to speak to your academic abilities. At least one letter must be from a current SLU faculty or staff member.


Timeline:
Oct. 15: Deadline to apply for spring semester
Dec. 20: Acceptance notification for spring semester
Feb. 16: Deadline to apply for fall semester
April 1: Acceptance notification for fall semester

Transfer Students

Transfer students can request honors credit for up to 12 credit hours of previous honors coursework from an accredited higher education institution outside of SLU. You will need to take at least four upper-level courses at SLU, including the honors senior seminar and the honors capstone.

Requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Fewer than 45 completed credit hours 


Application Materials:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation that comment on your academic potential, range of interests, commitment to academic excellence and leadership potential. The most persuasive letters will come from SLU faculty members, advisers or other professionals qualified to speak to your academic abilities.

Timeline:
Oct. 15: Deadline to apply for spring semester
Dec. 20: Acceptance notification for spring semester
Aug. 1: Deadline to apply for fall semester
Aug. 15: Acceptance notification for fall semester

International Students

Requirements:

  • GPA equivalent to 3.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • English proficiency score of at least 90 on TOEFL (IBT) or 7.0 on the IELTS

Application Materials:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation (can be the same as those used for general admission)

Timeline:

Oct. 15: Deadline to apply for spring semester
Dec. 20: Acceptance notification for spring semester
Aug.1: Deadline to apply for fall semester
Aug.15: Acceptance notification for fall semester

Madrid Students

 The application process for the SLU Madrid campus is managed at the St. Louis campus but you can contact  Jaime Ortiz, Assistant Dean for Academic Advising at the SLU Madrid campus, with questions.

Requirements for prospective students:

  • High school GPA of 3.8 or higher
  • ACT score of 30 or SAT score of 1330 (equivalent scores on other national exams will be considered)

Requirements for current students:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • 45 credit hours or less


Application Materials:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation (If you are applying as a first-year student, you may use your letters of recommendation from your general admission file. If you are a current Madrid student, at least one letter of recommendation must come from a current SLU faculty or staff member).


Timeline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. You’ll be notified of acceptance within four weeks of applying.