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.  

 

 

 

Prospective Students

Requirements for prospective students.

  • No application necessary
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 1300 SAT
  • Minimum 29 ACT

New applicants to the University do not submit an application to the Honors Program.  Invitations from the Honors Program will be sent to students based on the strength of a student's application to CUA.

Academically, the two following requirements must be fulfilled.  (1) A 3.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.  (2) In addition, a minimum combined score of 1300 for both the SAT Math and SAT Critical Reading sections OR an ACT score of at least 29. 

Home-schooled Students 

Home-schooled students have been some of the most successful Honors students.  Prior course-work will be evaluated in addition to SAT or ACT scores. 

Current Students

Requirements for current students.

  • Application required
  • 3.5 GPA
  • One's current standing must be either:
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore

Current students seeking admission into the Honors Program must submit an application to the Honors Office.  An interview with the Honors Program Director is also required.  This will be scheduled after the application is received.

Applications may be submitted during either the fall or spring semester of your freshman or sophomore year.  However, students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to the Honors Program in order to take advantage of all the benefits, especially Honors courses. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.  Refer to the timelines below to see when you can apply!.

  • Deadlines
    • Fall semester: November 1st
    • Spring semester: April 1st

Academically, students must have achieved a minimum 3.5 GPA after the completion of one semester of full-time enrollment at CUA in order to be considered for the Honors Program.  (Freshmen during their first semester may apply as soon as mid-term grades have been posted.

Please complete the application.

 

Transfer Students

Requirements for transfer students.

  • Application required
  • 3.5 GPA

Transfer students seeking admission into the Honors Program do not recieve automatic consideration.  The student must submit an application to the Honors Office.  An interview with the Honors Program Director is also required. 

Academically, students must have achieved a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Applications considered on a rolling basis until the following deadlines:

  • Fall semester- November 1
  • Spring semester- March 1

Please complete the application.