How to Become an Honors Student

The Office of Admissions and the director of the Honors Program review the records of high school seniors and identify and invite students to apply for admission. The selection is based on involvement in community, school and leadership activities, and evidence of a sustained desire to do excellent academic work. First-year students who do not enter the Honors Program at the beginning of their undergraduate career may apply for admission mid-year.

Fall Admission

In evaluating the records of high school seniors, we seek to choose students who have the ability and motivation to excel in the Honors Program. Attention is paid to those who will most benefit from the Honors curriculum. Involvement in community, school and leadership activities and evidence of a sustained desire to do excellent academic work are the most important indicators of a potential Honors student's ability to succeed in the program. The above are used as guidelines, not absolute criteria, in selection of Honors students. Each applicant is reviewed to recognize individual strengths.

To learn more about the Honors Program, check out our Honors Program Brochure.

Mid-Year Admission

Students who do not enter the program in the fall semester can apply for mid-year admission to the Honors Program. The most important criterion for admission is the student's academic record at USD. Students are generally not admitted to the program after their third semester, unless satisfactory arrangements can be made to ensure that they will be able to complete the Honors curriculum by May of their senior year.

Transfer Students

Transfer students follow the mid-year admission procedures. A maximum of 13 Honors units taken at another college or university may be counted toward the USD Honors diploma.