Apply to the University Honors College Learn More Admission Requirements Honors College applications are evaluated holistically. Factors include:Ìı Academic profile Writing skill and critical thinking demonstrated in essay prompt responsesÌı To apply, complete the PSU application (all new students) or the Common App (new first year students only), the Honors College supplemental essay questions, and submit required documents. Profile of Current Honors StudentsÌı 800+ enrolled Honors Students 30% Nonresident 38% Transfer Students 30% First Generation College Students 34% Diverse Ethnic and Racial Backgrounds 3.82 Average High School GPA How to Apply: New Students PSU ApplicationNew First Year and Transfer students who have not yet applied to PSU may apply to the Honors CollegeÌıvia the PSU general application.ÌıIf you alreadyÌısubmitted the PSU application, . Common ApplicationNew First Year Students and Transfer applicants may apply for the Honors College while applying to PSU through the Common Application.If you alreadyÌısubmitted the application, follow the instructions sent to you via email to log in to your application portal and . Coalition ApplicationNew First Year Students and Transfer applicants may apply for the Honors College while applying to PSU through the Coalition Application.If you alreadyÌısubmitted the application, follow the instructions sent to you via email to log in to your application portal and . How to Apply: Current Students If you are currently enrolled in classes at PSU you can apply to the Honors College via this separate application. Admission Decision Notification The Honors College receives applications to reviewÌıonce the studentÌıis formally admitted toÌıà£à£Ö±²¥ĞãState University. Students who apply for the following fall term by January 1 will be notified with a decision by March 1. All other students will be notified with a decision within about 10 weeks of their admission to PSU;Ìısee below for specific admission notification dates.ÌıMissing GPA, transcripts, or test scores will delay the process.ÌıDue to the large volume of applications we receive, the Honors College cannot provide advanced notice of admissions decisions.Ìı Honors College admissions decisions are sent via email to the email address the student used to apply to PSU. Application status can also be à£à£Ö±²¥Ğã on the . Honors College Application Deadlines andÌıImportant Dates Below are important dates and deadlines for University Honors College à£à£Ö±²¥Ğã, refer to theÌıadmissions dates and deadlines for more information.ÌıApplications to the Honors College are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their Honors College admission decision within 10 weeks of their admission to à£à£Ö±²¥ĞãState University. Date Description October 15 Deadline to apply forÌıwinter termÌı January 1 Priority deadline to apply for fall term (first year and transfer applicants) February 1 Deadline to apply for spring term March 1 Notification of admission decision forÌıfall termÌıfor first year and transfer applicants who applied by the priority deadline June 15 Enrollment confirmation priority deadline for fall term admits August 1 Final deadline to apply to the Honors College for fall termÌı Winter and Spring Term Applicants First year and transfer students can apply for the Honors College to start in fall, winter, or spring terms. The deadlines for each of these terms is listed above. If you miss the deadline, please still apply. Your application will be considered for the following term. Current PSU students interested in enrolling in the Honors College should follow the instructions above to apply. If you are considering enrolling inÌıHonors in your Senior year, you must meet with Honors advisorÌıBrianna AveryÌıprior to applying, to review your plan for completing the senior thesis. Application deadlines are the same as those for Sophomores and Juniors. Application EssaysTo be considered for the Honors College, applicants must answer the following essay questions.ÌıThe minimum word requirement for each essay answer is 300 words; 500 words is the maximum. We suggest you write and edit your responses in a separate document and paste them into this application.For further information about the vibrant community, interdisciplinary curriculum, and research opportunities, visitÌıUniversity Honors College.ÌıHonors Application InstructionsYou are required to respond to question 1. You must also respond to either 2a or 2b to be considered for admission to the Honors College. Write a carefully composed, 300-500 wordÌıessay in response to the prompts.Question 1:ÌıDescribe a topic, activity, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. How did you come to develop this interest? What is the experience like when you are engaged with it? Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? What can we learn about you from this interest or passion?Respond to one of the following prompts:Question 2A:ÌıIn her essay, âPeculiar Benefits,â the African American writer Roxane Gay writes,âPrivilege is a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor.Ìı There is racial privilege, gender (and identity) privilege, heterosexual privilege, economic privilege, able-bodied privilege, educational privilege, religious privilege and the list goes on and on. At some point, you have to surrender to the kinds of privilege you hold because everyone has something someone else doesnât . . . . Privilege is relative and contextual. Few people in this world, and particularly in the United States, have no privilege at all. Among those of us who participate in intellectual communities, privilege runs rampant. We have disposable time and the ability to access the Internet regularly. We have the freedom to express our opinions without the threat of retaliation. We have smart phones and iProducts and desktops and laptops. If you are reading this essay, you have some kind of privilege. It may be hard to hear that, I know, but if you cannot recognize your privilege, you have a lot of work to do; get started.âFor this essay, show how you think with and respond to another writer. In a carefully crafted and well-organized essay of 300-500 words, describe what you understand Gay to be saying about privilege. Additionally, discuss what strikes you as significant about Gayâs understanding of privilege and why.ÌıQuestion 2B:ÌıIn the introduction to his book The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity, the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah states:"Thereâs no dispensing with identities, but we need to understand them better if we can hope to reconfigure them, and free ourselves from mistakes about them that are often a couple of hundred years old. Much of what is dangerous about them has to do with the way identitiesâreligion, nation, race, class, and cultureâdivide us and set us against one another. They can be the enemies of human solidarity, the sources of war, horsemen of a score of apocalypses from apartheid to genocide. Yet these errors are also central to the way identities unite us today. We need to reform them because, at their best, they make it possible for groups, large and small, to do things together. They are the lies that bind."For this essay, show how you think with and respond to another writer. In a carefully crafted and well-organized essay of 300-500 words, address the following questions: What do you think Appiah means by the "lies that bind" and how would you relate this to ways you think about identity?