How to Become an Honors Student

The top 10% of incoming first-year students will be invited to apply to USD's Honors Program. These students achieve the highest high school grade point averages and scholastic aptitude test scores upon entering USD. Honors applicants are expected to have an active interest in their own education and an appreciation for academic challenges.

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.