Admission to Honors Core Program

The Honors College

at West Chester University

Dr. Kevin Dean, Director
703 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2996
Fax: 610-436-2620

Admission to Honors College Program

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, who meet the following requirements, will have their admissions materials reviewed.  Based on this review, a select group of candidates will receive an invitation letter from the director with instructions to complete an online application.

  • Minimum SAT score of 1200 (a combination of the math and verbal scores; we do not use the writing score) and at least two of the following:
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.5
    • Top 20 percent of graduating class
    • Record of achievement in high school Honors/AP courses

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 mission), in preparation for an on-campus personal interview.  These interview sessions are held on select Saturdays in the Spring semester.  You will be assigned an interview date which you will find in your letter of invitation to apply.

Final Honors College admission decisions are made by the week of April 27th 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 2015 class are expected to attend Summer Orientation Session #7, June 25-26, 2015.  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 separately concerning summer 2015 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 Program.