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Apply to the Honors Program

The Honors Program is seeking members who exhibit academic talent, extra-curricular involvement, independent thinking, leadership potential, and a sincere passion for learning. If you believe you exemplify these traits and meet the eligibility requirements, we invite you to apply.

The Honors Program welcomes applications from incoming first-year students, current Drexel first-year and second-year students, and transfer students.

All applications are reviewed and scored by the Honors Program Application Review Committee. This is a highly competitive program and all decisions are final; however, students may apply more than once as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

Incoming First-Year Student

Successful applicants to the Honors Program are students who have a proven record of strong academic performance, deep involvement in extracurricular activities, and leadership throughout their time in high school, and aspire to similar challenges while at Drexel University.

The 2018-19 application for incoming students is currently available. Applicants will be getting communications via email and the Discover Drexel Portal.

If you have any general questions regarding applying or access to the application, please reach out to the Drexel Admissions Office at enroll@drexel.edu.

Current Drexel Student

Current Drexel students in their first or second year at Drexel are eligible to apply to the Honors Program. Current students cannot apply to the Honors Program after their second year at Drexel. Please refer to the various Honors Program plans of study as well as the Program requirements to ensure you are able to complete the Program.

When we review current Drexel student applications, we are looking for students with strong records of positive achievement in activities or studies outside the typical classroom setting, such as creative work, research, community or government service, entrepreneurship and athletics. In addition, eligible current Drexel students should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. In some instances, students with GPAs slightly below 3.2 may be considered for admission if they offer comparable examples of extracurricular activities and academic accomplishments. Applicants should also maintain a record of conduct befitting an Honors Program student.

Applications for current Drexel students are collected and reviewed once per academic year. Completed applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed and scored by the Honors Program Application Review Committee. All decisions are final.

Application Requirements for Current Drexel Students

The Honors Program Application must be submitted using the online form. The online form will be available in the Winter term.

The fully completed application and supplemental materials must be received by the Honors Program Office by the last business day of the Winter term. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure all components of their application are submitted successfully. The Honors Program will not contact you if your application is incomplete.

Decisions are made in Spring term by the Honors Program Admission Committee. Students will receive a decision via email by the end of May. All decisions are final.

Transfer Student

Transfer students must have a minimum of 7 remaining academic terms at Drexel to be eligible to apply to the Honors Program. Please refer to the various Honors Program plans of study as well as the Program requirements to ensure you are able to complete the Program.

When we review transfer student applications, we are looking for a strong record of engagement demonstrating positive achievement either within a previous Honors Program or in activities or studies outside the typical classroom setting, such as creative work, research, community or government service, entrepreneurship and athletics. In addition, eligible transfer students should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. In some instances, students with GPAs slightly below 3.2 may be considered for admission if they offer comparable examples of extracurricular activities and academic accomplishments. Applicants should also maintain a record of conduct befitting an Honors Program student.

Transferring Honors Credits

Transfer students who participated in an Honors program at their previous college or university may be eligible to transfer Honors credits towards our Honors Program graduation requirements. A maximum of 9 Honors credits from any college or university may be considered by the Drexel Honors Program for transfer.

These credits are solely for the use and purpose of fulfilling the Honors Program requirements, not your major requirements. Questions about transferring credits towards degree completion should be directed to your major academic advisor.

Applying as a Transfer Student

If you are interested in joining Drexel University’s Honors Program as a transfer student, please email us at honorsprogram@drexel.edu for more information about the application process, transferring Honors credits, and Program requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my application be evaluated?

The Honors Program Application Review Committee evaluates each application based on academic credentials; active membership and leadership in extra-curricular activities; evidence of strong writing skills, creative thinking, and attention to detail; and evidence of a sincere desire to join the Honors Program. We are also looking for evidence that students understand what it means to be an engaged, successful student in the Honors Program.

Can you explain why my friend with a lower GPA was accepted and I was declined?

While GPA and other academic scores are a strong consideration during the application review process, we are seeking students who are also actively involved in interests outside of the classroom, show development of leadership, and share an inquisitive nature who will ultimately benefit from the Honors Program’s cross-disciplinary curriculum.

How many students are accepted into the Honors Program each year?

While Honors Program students make up about 15% of Drexel’s undergraduate population, each year’s percentage varies by the application pool. There is no set quota.

I submitted my application online, but forgot to include something, what should I do?

Send an email with your specific question to honorsprogram@drexel.edu. Depending on the material you omitted, we can either add the information for you or we may ask you to resubmit your entire application.

I applied and was declined for the Honors Program, is there an appeal process?

No, we do not offer an appeal or re-evaluation process to declined students. Each application is carefully evaluated and scored by the Honors Program Application Review Committee members. We receive thousands of applications from the best and brightest students nationally and internationally and we, unfortunately, are not able to accept them all. However, you are invited to reapply as a current Drexel student as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

I am an incoming first-year student having trouble submitting the online application, what should I do?

Send an email with your issue to the Drexel Admissions Office at enroll@drexel.edu.