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Admission Process

First-year students are admitted to the program by the University Honors Council on the basis of their high school standing, accomplishments and recommendations, only after they have been accepted into the University. Successful applicants are typically in the top 15 percent of their high school class, with combined SAT scores (evidence-based reading/writing and math) of at least 1250 and GPA of at least 3.5. Please note that for the Fall 2022 cohort, SAT/ACT scores are encouraged but not required.

The Honors Council is particularly interested in students who have participated in educational, social, cultural or other extra-curricular projects or activities, and whose applications suggest enthusiasm, a willingness to get involved, leadership, and the desire and capacity to produce quality undergraduate scholarship. 

You must be accepted to Eastern before applying to the Honors Program. You will need to enter your Eastern ID (found in the lower right corner of your acceptance letter) as part of the Honors Program application. An important component of the Honors application is the essay; you may choose one of the two prompts listed on the Application Essay Prompts page. Applications must be received by February 1; Apply to the Honors Program here.

Recommendations should be made by academic teachers who can personally attest to the student's academic performance and potential to succeed in an Honors Program in particular. These may be the same teachers you asked to write your letters of recommendation for general University admission, or you may choose different teachers who could better attest to these qualities. Teachers, please use the recommendation form which should be submitted by February 1.

Applications are reviewed by the Honors Council on a rolling basis through February and March. All students are typically notified of their program admission decision by the end of March.

Special Note for Continuing and Incoming Transfer Students:

Continuing Eastern and incoming transfer students may apply using the same application. The deadline for continuing/transfer students is April 15, and admission decisions will be made by May 1. Continuing and transfer students should seek two recommendations from their university professors who can speak to the applicant’s academic experience and potential for success in Eastern’s rigorous University Honors Program. Applicants should also answer the following essay prompt in their application essay: "An important component of Eastern's Honors Program is the Honors thesis, which will require you to complete a significant piece of original research or creative work. Please explain why you wish to engage in a project like this as an undergraduate."