Application and Requirements

Application Requirements

Fall 2023 Application Deadline - May 8, 2023

Entering freshmen are invited to apply to the Honors Program after they have been admitted to JSU and are assessed based on grade point average, ACT or SAT scores, resume, and recommendation from an academic subject teacher.

Unconditional Admission*

  • High school GPA of B or higher (3.0 GPA)
  • ACT composite score of at least 25 or SAT Total score of at least 1210

Provisional Admission*

If no ACT or SAT score exists, entering freshmen must have an initial English Ed Ready score of 71 or above. The deadline to complete the English Ed Ready for Honors consideration in the fall semester is June 30.

*Any offer of admission is conditional until receipt of final high school transcript and official (not self-reported) test scores.

Apply To Honors Program!

Transfer students are invited to apply to the Honors Program after they have been admitted to JSU and are assessed based on grade point average, resume, and recommendation from an academic subject teacher at the prior college/university. Transfer students may opt to be provisionally admitted and submit a recommendation during their first semester at JSU from a faculty member. If the transfer student enrolls in the fall, the recommendation is required by Thanksgiving Break. If the transfer student enrolls in the spring, the recommendation is required by Spring Break.

Unconditional Admission*

  • 12 hours+ hours completed at college/university
  • 3.50+ transfer grade point average

*Any offer of admission is conditional until receipt of all college/university transcript(s).

Apply To Honors Program!

All JSU students, including those who do not qualify for the Honors Program as an Entering Freshman or Transfer Student, are invited to apply to the program after completing one full-time semester at JSU. Applications should be submitted by the last day of classes (Academic Calendar) to be assessed for the subsequent semester. Current students are assessed based on grade point average, hours earned, and recommendation from a JSU faculty member.

Unconditional Admission*

  • 12+ hours completed at JSU
  • 3.25+ JSU grade point average

*Any offer of admission is conditional until final grades are posted.

Apply To Honors Program!

Please contact the Honors Program directly at 256-782-5696 or at honors@jsu.edu if you have questions regarding your eligibility.

Requirements for Honors Program Members

A typical Honors student should present writing skills at least adequate to the demand of society at large and evidence of involvement in extracurricular and academic organizations.

In order to remain in good standing as a member of the Honors Program, and graduate with distinction of Honors Program Graduate, students must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Students must successfully complete one 3-hour Academic Honors course and one 1-hour University Honors (UH) Participation course in the first semester of the program. 
  2. Students are required to maintain satisfactory progress in completing the requirements of the Honors Program curriculum by successfully completing three 1-hour University Honors (UH) Participation courses by the end of the fourth semester in the program.
  3. All students must maintain a minimum of a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Students whose GPA falls below the minimum are given one semester to correct the deficiency or be suspended from the Honors Program.
  4. Students must successfully complete 24 or more hours of Honors credit by the time of graduation. These hours are not additional to your degree program. A grade of “B” or better in Honors courses is required to earn Honors credit.

Students who do not successfully maintain good standing (satisfactory progress and GPA) will be suspended from the Honors Program. Students may be reinstated after one semester upon attaining the minimum GPA. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Honors Program when good standing is attained.

Students that receive the JSU Honors Scholarship have alternative requirements for completing the Honors Program.

In order to remain in good standing as a recipient of the JSU Honors Scholarship, and graduate with distinction of JSU Honors Scholar Graduate, students must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Students must successfully complete two 3-hour Academic Honors course and one 1-hour University Honors (UH) Participation course in the first and second semesters in the program. 
  2. Students are required to maintain satisfactory progress in completing the requirements of the Honors Program curriculum by successfully completing three 1-hour University Honors (UH) Participation courses by the end of the fourth semester in the program.
  3. All students must maintain a minimum of a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Students whose GPA falls below the minimum are given one semester to correct the deficiency or be suspended from the Honors Program.
  4. Students must successfully complete 30 or more hours of Honors credit by the time of graduation. A grade of “B” or better in Honors courses is required to earn Honors credit.
  5. JSU Honors Scholarship recipients must attend two Honors Program meetings per month.
  6. JSU Honors Scholars must complete 7 service hours each semester.

The JSU Honors Scholarship is contingent upon maintaining membership in good standing in the Honors Program. Dismissal from the Honors Program will result in a loss of Honors scholarship funding.