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Incoming Freshmen

How to Apply as an Incoming Freshman

To apply for admission to the program and to be considered for Honors Program scholarships, students must first submit an Application for Admission. Approximately 48 hours after submitting an online admissions application, students will be able to access the My Scholarships application through their Admission Status Check Page.

To apply to the University Honors Program, please complete the My Scholarships application, including the Honors Program essay and the request for a reference. Please check this guide for step-by-step directions.

Admission Requirements for Freshman Applicants

The University Honors Program seeks scholars interested in research, change agents interested in engaging local and global communities, and individuals seeking to explore their curiosity and express their creativity.  Participation in the University Honors Program is not a reward for past achievement; rather, we examine past achievement to better understand the potential in the individual applicant. Essays, grade point averages, test scores, a reference from a teacher, and a record of seeking challenges and taking on responsibilities help us better understand the whole person behind the application.

While students must meet Georgia Southern University’s minimum entrance requirements, test scores and GPAs do not determine an acceptance or bar entry into the program.  Students admitted to the Program in previous years typically earned higher than a 3.5 high school GPA and scored higher than 1200/25 on the redesigned SAT/ACT.  Admission is competitive as we have many more strong applicants than available spaces in the Program.

The University Honors Program offers opportunities on both the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses, and this application is for students who wish to participate in the program on either campus and compete for its scholarships.


Incoming freshmen to the University Honors Program are considered for scholarships. Approximately 20% of Honors Program students have scholarships awarded by the Program, but many more have scholarships awarded by other entities on campus.  To receive an honors scholarship as an incoming freshman, a student must also interview at one of the university scholarship events (see the Office of Admissions site for details).

The University Honors Program offers scholarships at three award tiers: $10,000/year, $5,000/year, and $1,500/year.

Each award is a four-year (eight semesters) award, and recipients retain their award as long as they remain in good standing with the University Honors Program.

Application Deadline

There is one deadline for admission into the Program and consideration of scholarships.

Application Deadline is February 1, 2021.  Students who apply by this deadline will be considered for program admission and the University Honors Program Scholarship.

Last updated: 8/26/2020