The Catholic University of America

Honors Admissions Requirements

McMahon Hall

The University Honors Program is highly selective. In choosing each year's honors class, we look for students who possess a natural curiosity, genuine interest in learning, high energy, leadership abilities, and good grades in high school.

A separate application to the Honors Program is not required for incoming freshmen. Acceptance into the program is based on the contents of the freshman application for admission to the University.  





Academically, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • SAT of at least 1300 (excluding Writing score) or ACT of at least 29.
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Home-schooled students are evaluated based on coursework completed and SAT or ACT results. Many of our most successful Honors students have come from a homeschool environment.

Transfer students must contact the Honors program in ordered to be considered for the program as they are not given automatic consideration. Second-semester freshmen and sophomores at CUA may apply for admission to the program by submitting an application and interviewing with the program director.  A minimum 3.5 GPA after the completion of one semester of full-time enrollment at CUA is required in order to be considered for the Honors Program. Download the application for current and transfer students.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the following deadlines:
Spring semester- March 1
Fall semester- November 1