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Application for Honors College

The application should take you half hour to an hour to complete - you will be able to save and continue later if you so wish.

You will need the following before starting the application:

  • Have already applied to Pittsburg State University - you will need your PSU ID
  • High School Counselor information - name, phone, and email
  • Reference information (two references) - name and email
  • Photocopy of ACT or SAT verification sheet
  • Written Essay (Microsoft Word or PDF) - see essay prompts below

Start application

Deadline for submission is January 15th.
All material must be received by this date.

See application instruction video

Evaluation Process

A committee of five faculty members and two current students in the Honors College will review each qualified application against a 100-point rubric with points as follows:

  • 40 points - Academic Record to include ACT, GPA, and Transcript Analysis
  • 25 points - School Activities, Community Service, Employment, Honors and Awards
  • 20 points - Essay Evaluations (10 each)
  • 10 points - Letters of Recommendation
  • 5 points - Discretionary

NOTE: Once the Honors College application is submitted, we will make one (1) attempt to email your High School counselor and the two (2) references. We will provide information and instructions how to submit the material online. You will be notified each time a submission is made. There will be three (3) submissions - two (2) references and one (1) official copy of transcript.

It is important that you follow up with your references. Sometimes emails cannot be delivered or they get delivered in Junk email folders.

Essay Prompts

Academic Essay

In this short essay, please discuss your current academic and professional goals as you prepare to enter college.

Instructions: Your academic essay should be up to 300 word in length. Please use Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced with 1 inch margins.

Personal Essay

Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

Instructions: Your personal essay should be up to 300 word in length. Please use Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced with 1 inch margins.

Individual/Creative Perspective Essay (Optional)

If you feel there is something visual that might help the committee know more about you please feel free to submit it. Only one file can be uploaded and it must be a one-page word document or PDF (no videos please).