Typically, students who have challenged themselves in the classroom by taking an honors and AP-level curriculum, maintained a high school average of 92 or above, and scored a 1950 or better on the SAT (or a 29 on the ACT) are good candidates for the Program. Extracurricular activities, involvement in community service, and leadership experience are also important. Admitted students who meet the criteria outlined above are invited to apply to the Honors Program.
Students may also apply for admission to the Program during the second semester of their freshman year or first semester of their sophomore year. The requirements for admission are as follows:
- Letter of application
- Minimum GPA of 3.500
- Letter of support from a Marist faculty member
- Interviews with the Director of Honors and one other member of the Honors Council
- Approval of the Honors Council
Transfer students who were enrolled in an Honors Program at their previous institution may apply by presenting a letter of application, a letter of support from a faculty member at their previous institution, and a complete transcript indicating the honors courses taken. In addition, the individual student will interview with the Director of Honors to assess his or her academic standing and to determine if any of the Marist Honors seminars have been satisfied by those taken at the previous institution. Final approval of the application must be granted by the Honors Council.