Incoming Freshman

Applying to the Honors College

Note: The application process is one and the same for the Honors College, the Watauga Residential College, and all ASU Scholarships. Admission to the Honors College is highly competitive and earlier application is encouraged.  Application review will occur on a rolling basis in the fall.

  1. Complete your application for admission prior to the deadlines:  General Application (Common App is recommended) due on Nov 1st, with supporting materials due by Nov 15th
    1. Application for Admission
    2. Official High School Transcript
    3. Official Test Score(s): we accept both SAT and/or ACT
    4. Application Fee or Fee Waiver
    5. Other documents may be requested
  2. Complete your Application for Academic & Merit Scholarship Opportunities (this includes the Honors Application with its required essays and recommendations) by November 15.
    1. Two letters of recommendation 
    2. Four individual essays (prompts are provided in the application)
  3. Watch your email and your MyMountaineer portal for more information. Select scholarship applicants will be invited to visit campus and interview for potential scholarship awards during Scholars Day. This invitation-only event is held each February. 

Eligibility Requirements and Criteria for Evaluation

Incoming Freshmen applicants must complete an application for admission to Appalachian State University by November 1st.

Admission to The Honors College is by application only. Applicants typically have:

  • A high class rank.

  • A strong GPA.

  • Strong SAT or ACT scores.

  • Proof of leadership, service, and/or co-curricular activities; creative endeavors; and global awareness.

  • Excellent essays that show why they want to pursue an Honors education.

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • November 1 - Deadline to submit a General Application (Common App is recommended)  
  • November 15 - Deadline for students to submit all supporting materials including Academic & Merit Scholarship Opportunities application (this includes the Honors Application with its required essays and recommendations)
  • Late January - Invitations for Scholars Day mailed
  • February 24  - Scholars Day event (including scholarship interviews)
  • March 1 - Priority deadline to submit the FAFSA and be considered for need-based scholarships
  • April 1 - Scholarship recipients announced
  • April 15 - Accept your offered scholarship or ask for an extension

Tips for Applying

Here is some advice to help your Honors College and scholarship application be as competitive as possible:

  • Submit your application for admission well in advance of the November 1st deadline so you will have time to meet the November 15 deadline for all supporting materials including the Honors Application with its required essays and recommendations
  • Identify your recommenders and give them plenty of time to write a recommendation for you. Early communication with your recommenders will yield better letters. At least one of your letters should be from a teacher who can speak to your academic ability, intellectual curiosity and classroom engagement.
  • Create an application timeline calendar and include the application dates. Monitor the Admissions homepage for news of any changes to the application or notification deadlines.
  • Prepare a list of activities and recognitions. Include your leadership roles, involvement in outside activities and any participation with volunteer organizations. Have you started any clubs on your high school campus? Have you been recognized for your volunteer efforts? Click here to access the Common App and for advice on the list of activities (PDF, 36KB).
  • Learn more about specific scholarship programs for which you may be a good fit. 
  • Allow yourself enough time to formulate quality essay responses.
  • Monitor your scholarship application via your MyMountaineer Portal to learn what's been received and ensure that your scholarship application is completed by November 15

All incoming freshmen Honors students live in the Honors Community in Cone Hall. The only exceptions are for students living in another residential learning community (e.g. Watauga Residential College, ACES).