Join the Cohen Honors College

Submit your Honors application

Admission Requirements

There are no minimum ACT/SAT or GPA requirements for admission to the Cohen Honors College.

So how do we determine acceptance? A holistic review of each applicant. We want to learn about you -- how your involvement and experiences have shaped you, your family and community. We look for evidence of qualities such as a creative approach to solving problems; urge to make a positive impact on the community and in the world; open-minded embrace of diversity in backgrounds, values and perspectives; and the willingness and ability to take on intellectual challenges.

While we do not require a minimum ACT/SAT or GPA, we do consider your scores as part of our review with greater emphasis being placed on your essay and resume. We know some students will not have test scores or will have scores delayed due to testing date cancellations this year. Students without an ACT/SAT score are still encouraged to apply.

Honors applications are reviewed monthly November 1 through August. Application for each semester is available up to one week before the first day of classes for the semester. To be considered for the Honors College Merit Scholarship, high school seniors must apply by November 1 and transfer students must apply by February 1. You will receive notification of our decision by WSU email.

Who Can Apply

Any new incoming WSU student including freshman and transfer students, and current WSU students. Students who transfer to WSU having completed all or part of an Honors Program at a community college should speak to the Honors College Advisor about having those credits counted toward University Honors.

Application Components

As part of your application, you will be required to submit the Activate Your Resume Essay and a polished resume.

Activate Your Resume Essay

This essay is a critical piece of your application to the Cohen Honors College. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you beyond your resume and academic record.

Select one item that you list on your resume, and tell the story behind it. Write approximately two pages. Writing significantly less or more than two pages will have a negative impact on your application.

You may use “I” in this essay, and we encourage you to be creative, but remember this should be an organized essay that demonstrates your ability to write clearly, think critically and reflect on your experience. Enjoy writing your essay, and we’ll enjoy reading your essay.

Consider the following questions and choose ones that are most interesting to you and will help you write. You don’t have to answer all of them in your essay.

  • What does the item you chose tell us about you?
  • What led up to this experience?
  • How did others help you?
  • What happened during this experience that was meaningful to you? Is there one specific memory you have of that experience? Tell us that story.
  • What did you learn from this experience?
  • How might this experience prepare you to do more meaningful work in the Cohen Honors College?

For more help writing your essay, check out this advice from Undergraduate Admissions Officers on Purdue’s Online Writing Lab


Your resume should be polished and give us a picture of your life experience as well as your work experience. You may include travel, volunteer work, paid work, creative work, family responsibilities, athletics, music and other experiences. 


You will have the option to include a short essay (500 words or less) with additional information you would like to share that may be helpful as your application is reviewed for admission.

Maintaining Eligibility

To remain in good standing in the Cohen Honors College, you must do the following:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and take at least 3 Honors credits each year (that's one Honors class per year), AND
  • Enroll in and successfully complete at least 12 credit hours at WSU each semester (fall and spring)

Note: If students have fewer than 24 hours remaining in their degree program, enrollment exceptions may be granted on an individual review based on a written request. 

Are you ready to join the Cohen Honors College?

Submit your Honors application


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