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Admission

Admission to the FHSU Honors College is open to highly qualified high school seniors, transfer students, and current FHSU students. Below are listed the basic requirements for admission into the FHSU Honors College.

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The 2018-2019 application deadline for the Honors College is Friday, March 8, 2019. We strongly urge eligible students to apply at the earliest possible moment, as the selection process is highly competitive and there are a limited number of slots available each year. The admissions committee can act upon and offer a slot to a qualified student at any time in the year. Thus, it is highly possible all available slots in a given year may be taken by the deadline. Due to the nature of the admission process, the standardized test score which is submitted on the application will be the score the admission committee uses when awarding the Honors College Scholarships. Higher scores may not be resubmitted once the application has been turned in. Again: we urge you to apply early in order to guarantee consideration for this program! Enrollment in the Honors College is carefully balanced by the admissions committee and is highly competitive to ensure quality and space requirements are upheld and retained. This is a highly selective program-it is anticipated that only a maximum of 35 seats will be available this year. Attainment of a high standardized test score and/or GPA will not guarantee admission. The admissions committee looks at the full range of submitted materials carefully to ascertain student potential and interest. Of particular importance is the quality of the written content on the application. Submissions that are too brief in length, do not have exemplary-to-perfect spelling/grammar/punctuation, and do not creatively showcase the personality, attributes, and accomplishment of the writer will not maximally be successful.

Incoming Freshmen Applying for the Honors College:

  1. A minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Those being considered for the FHSU Regents Scholarship MUST demonstrate a high school cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher.
  2. An ACT score of 28 or higher, or an SAT score of 1310 or higher. Those considered for the FHSU Regents Scholarship MUST demonstrate an ACT score of 32/SAT 1450 or higher. Those considered for the Honors College Tier 1 scholarship must demonstrate an ACT score of 31/SAT 1420 or higher. Those considered for the Honors College Tier 2 scholarship must demonstrate an ACT score of 30/SAT 1390 or higher.chillin in the quad
  3. All applicants must respond to the following short answer prompts. Answers should be 250 words or less. 
  • What leadership experience has had the greatest impact on you? 
  • What are two goals you have and how will that FHSU Honors College help you achieve them? 
  • One in four children live in poverty, while one in three children live on the poverty line. What do you think is the best way to address this issue? 
  • Is there any additional information not covered in the application that you feel the admissions committee should know? 
  1. Resume that lists applicant awards, work, academic, co/extra-curricular, and community service experience/leadership. Special detail should be included relating to leadership experiences of significant impact and scope.
  2. Contact information for a person who can speak specifically and clearly to the student's strengths, achievement in a particular organization, academic major service project, and character, professionalism and personal integrity.
  3. Applicants who are scholarship eligible (30+ ACT/1390+ SAT) need to submit a URL of a video interview no longer than 3 minutes in length, answering the following questions: 
    • Student's name and high school
    • Three traits/characteristics about themselves
    • Why they feel they are a good fit for the Fort Hays State University Honors College
  4. Applicants may also submit a URL for original creative work, research, and/or accomplishment.

For Current FHSU Students and Transfer Students for the Honors College:

  1. A minimum total college (includes all institutions) cumulative GPA of 3.5. High school ACT/SAT scores should also be submitted, though they will not be scored by the admissions committee in the same manner as is the case with high school applicants.
  2. All applicants must respond to the following short answer prompts. Answers should be 250 words or less. 
  • What leadership experience has had the greatest impact on you? 
  • What are two goals you have and how will that FHSU Honors College help you achieve them? 
  • One in four children live in poverty, while one in three children live on the poverty line. What do you think is the best way to address this issue? 
  • Is there any additional information not covered in the application that you feel the admissions committee should know? 
  1. Resume that lists applicant awards, work, academic, co/extra-curricular, and community service experience/leadership. Special detail should be included relating to leadership experiences of significant impact and scope.
  2. Transcript verifying cumulative GPA.
  3. Contact information for a person who can speak specifically and clearly to the student's strengths, achievement in a particular organization, academic major service project, and character, professionalism and personal integrity.
  4. Applicants who are scholarship eligible (30+ ACT/1390+ SAT) need to submit a URL of a video interview no longer than 3 minutes in length, answering the following questions: 
    • Student's name and high school
    • Three traits/characteristics about themselves
    • Why they feel they are a good fit for the Fort Hays State University Honors College
  5. Applicants may also submit a URL for original creative work, research, and/or accomplishment.

All Honors College students must maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA to remain in the Honors College in good standing, and a 3.5 cumulative GPA to maintain their scholarship. Failure to reach a 3.3 cumulative GPA in any given semester will cause a student to be placed on probation for the following semester. If the student fails to regain the required 3.3 cumulative GPA, after the completion of the probationary semester, the student will be removed from the Honors College. If a scholarship recipient maintains a 3.3-3.49 GPA, they will lose their scholarship but will retain membership in the Honors College. 

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