Admission Criteria

High school students entering WCU

Students must be accepted to WCU to prior to acceptance to The Honors College. Admission to The Honors College is very selective. Students must meet at least one of the following criteria for consideration. The more of the criteria the student meets, the more likely he/she is to be accepted.

  • minimum 1310 SAT - if taken after March 2016
  • minimum 1870 SAT (three part) or 1240 SAT (two part) - if taken prior to March 2016
  • minimum 30 ACT
  • minimum 4.2 weighted cumulative HS GPA
  • minimum 3.8 unweighted cumulative HS GPA
  • Ranking within the top 10 or top 10% of one’s high school class

The Honors College generally sends out notices of acceptance about two weeks after an Office of Admissions notification date. Students are screened at admission. There is no need for a student to do an Honors College application. Students are notified through the mail.

First-year, first-semester students enrolled at WCU

First-year students at WCU who complete at least 15 hours of WCU credit in the fall semester, and maintain a GPA of at least 3.5, are eligible to apply to join The Honors College for the spring term. To apply please complete The Honors College application form  and submit it to the Honors College office.

Students transferring to WCU

Transfer students must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA (on at least 15 credit hours) at their most recent, previous institution. Transfer students must apply to The Honors College to be considered. To apply please complete The Honors College application form  and submit it to the Honors College office.

Students who are transferring from a NC Community College, who have honors student status and credits at the CC, may transfer in some credits with honors-designation in cases where the NC Community College and WCU have an articulation agreement.  Please contact The Honors College office for more information.

Students already enrolled at WCU

Students already enrolled at WCU who have achieved a 3.5 or above cumulative GPA are welcome to apply for Honors admission. To apply please complete The Honors College application form  and submit it to the Honors College office.

Please contact The Honors College Office at 828.227.7383 for more information.

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