How To Join Us

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These are the steps for applying to the Honors College::
▼   1 - Read About Who May Apply

We are looking for students who are fascinated by new ideas and experiences, and who want to be part of a community of like-minded students and faculty. Often this means that our applicants will have an ACT Composite score of 27 or above (or SAT equivalent), a high school GPA of at least 3.5, and status as a first-year college student. But for those who offer unique perspectives or less traditional backgrounds, we can be a bit flexible about these benchmarks—email honors@southalabama.edu to let us know if you are outside of these parameters, but still interested in the Honors College. And if you meet these requirements, you may also reach out to us, but you also can just go ahead and apply! Either way, read on…

▼   2 - Apply to South

Apply to South using the link below:

APPLY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA

It is best to apply by November 15, though you may apply later.

▼   3 - Apply to the College

Apply to the Honors College via the JagSpot system after you are accepted to the University. You must submit these materials by December 15 for first and full consideration—but you want to get started at least two weeks before this to give your recommenders time to write and submit their letters. The Honors College will consider applications after December 15, but only on a rolling and space available basis.

Through the JagSpot Honors College Application you will arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to the University.  These should come from teachers or other people who know you well and are able to an objective evaluation of your abilities and intellectual curiosity.

You also will submit a short (500-word) essay around the one-word prompt provided in the application.

APPLY TO THE HONORS COLLEGE

▼   4 - Interview

Interviews may be required during the month of February.

▼   5 - Accept

The Honors College will send you its decision in March or April. If you receive an offer and choose to accept it, you will begin with the Honors College at the start of the Fall Semester.