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Admission Process

Register for the Honors Information Session - Monday, December 11

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.

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. 

A complete Honors Application includes three elements:

  • Honors Application. Click here to apply to the Honors Program; please note that you must first apply to Eastern and activate your application portal (following the login instructions you were emailed after submitting your University application).
  • Essay. You may choose one of the two prompts listed on the Application Essay Prompts page
  • Two Teacher Recommendation Forms. These should be submitted by academic teachers who can personally attest to the your 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 should complete Eastern's Honors Recommendation Form.


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:

The application for continuing and transfer students is available here. 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."