Honors College

Admission Requirements

Honors College admission criteria for entering freshman are enrollment in a bachelor’s degree program, an ACT composite score of 26 or higher (SAT equivalent of 1230) on a single attempt, and a 3.5 high school Grade Point Average. Following their acceptance to Marshall University, qualified students are offered admission to the Honors College on a rolling basis. The deadline for accepting the Honors College offer of admission is stated in the offer letter. Qualified transfer students from other four-year honors colleges or programs or second-year Marshall students, having a 4.0 GPA at Marshall and a minimum 24 ACT (or 1160 SAT) from a single attempt, who have no more than 30 credits, may petition the dean for admission.

Academic Policies

To remain in good standing with the college, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30. Additional academic policies are in the college policy handbook on the honors college website.

Graduation in Honors

Students who wish to graduate from the Honors College must complete 24 credits of honors experiences. Though these credits are in addition to their college and departmental major requirements, many courses substitute for general education requirements. The 24 credits must include:

  • FYS 100H First Year Seminar-Honors, 3 credits
  • HON 200 Second Year Seminar, 3 credits
  • At least two interdisciplinary HON 480 Special Topics seminars, 3 credits each
  • An accepted combination of honors-designated departmental courses, additional HON 480 courses, and/or other approved honors experiences.

Students must earn a C or better in a course to receive honors credit. The official transcript will state that the student has graduated with University Honors through the Honors College.


Dr. Nicki LoCascio, Dean
Dr. Brian A. Hoey, Associate Dean