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Admissions Process

The Honors Program admits talented and dedicated students who are looking for an enriched Honors education, who are academically high-achieving, who express an interest in problems and questions out of their major, and who show a potential for undergraduate research. As part of its process, the Admissions Office sends invitations to admitted students whom they believe best reflect the values of the Honors Program.

Students may also apply for admission to the Program during the second semester of their first year or first semester of their sophomore year.  The requirements for admission are as follows:

  • Letter of intent
    • Students should submit a letter of intent (short essay), including why they are interested in the Honors Program and why they would be a good fit for the Honors community. New applicants should review the Honors Program section of the Marist website to gain a better understanding of the program’s values and requirements.
  • Resume: students should follow standard resume protocols for typical information to be included, and also incorporate the following as much as possible:
    • Major awards and honors
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Leadership experience
    • Service-related activities
    • GPA
  • Letter of support from the student’s academic advisor
    • Students must review their application with their academic adviser to ensure the 18-credit Honors Program requirements fit into their four-year plan. Please note that students who did not take Honors first-year seminar or Honors writing for college are required to take additional Honors seminars to make up those credits.

Admission Application for Current and Transfer Students

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, individual students will interview with the Director of Honors to assess their 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.