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Approximately 40 freshmen are selected each year to enter the Honors Program. Admission to the program typically requires a high school grade point average of 3.6 or above. Students must also have a combined SAT score of 1200 or better or, if the student has taken the ACT for admission, a 27 or above is usually required. Lower SAT/ACT scores may be offset by an outstanding GPA and vice versa.

To apply to the Honors Program you should first have applied to and been accepted by Shepherd University. You should then fill in and submit the online Honors Program Application from our Forms page. As part of the application you will be asked to write a short essay. Specific requirements for the essay are on the application form. Application deadline is February 15. We look forward to hearing from you.

In order to graduate from the Honors Program, students must complete 28 credit hours of Honors courses including a senior project (3 hours of directed readings and 3 hours of senior project). All other Honors credits are acquired through electives. In order to remain in good standing with the Honors Program, students must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in all Honors courses taken.


Shepherd University | Honors Program | P.O. Box 5000 | Shepherdstown, WV | 25443-5000 | 304-876-5244 | 800-344-5231