The Honors College
at West Chester University
Dr. Kevin Dean, Director
703 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
For entering first year college students ONLY
Honors College membership is comprised of students with outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and community service. Membership in Honors is competitive with a maximum of 40 seats offered each fall. Current membership includes students from 36 different academic majors. These accepted students live on the seventh floor of Allegheny Hall. Click Here to see a Virtual Tour of Allegheny Hall!
Incoming, accepted first year students are invited to complete an online application to the Honors College if they demonstrate a:
Review of qualified candidates begins in late November. Only candidates who have been accepted to the university will be reviewed. Qualified candidates will receive by regular mail an invitation to apply for an on campus interview.
A committee reviews the Honors application (consisting of essays describing involvement in co-curricular activities, commitment to leadership development, and fit with the Honor College philosophy). Personal interviews are conducted on Saturdays in the spring semester: 2/1, 2/22, 3/8 and 4/5.
Given competitive enrollments in recent years, interested students should apply to the university and receive acceptance by early January to receive full consideration. (A separate form is available through the Admissions office for students interested in Honors who wish to be considered for scholarships.)
Final Honors College admission decisions are made by the week of April 21st and a waiting list is established. No seats may be guaranteed/held until a deposit is paid to the university.
Candidates offered a seat in the fall 2014 class are expected to attend Summer Orientation, a two-day event to be determined. The extended second day is hosted by the Honors College and honors entering students will receive our orientation packet in e-mail. The office of New Student Programs will contact entering students seperately concerning summer 2014 orientation dates.
Many Honors students have success with AP examinations. Exam scores should be communicated to the Honors College office as soon as they are available as they often positively impact graduation requirements. Please review the transfer credit instructions from the Registrar's Office website.
Students not admitted into the Program as first year incoming students and who are interested in the Honors College should review requirements for the Honors Seminar Certification Program or the Honors Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership and Civic Engagement.