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Honors College Admissions

Centennial and Honors Award recipients are automatically admitted to the Honors College, must participate in the Residential Honors Program, and must remain members in good standing of the College.

Presidential Award recipients (both freshmen and transfers) are automatically admitted to the Honors College and only need to contact the Honors College to accept their admittance. 

Other Freshmen

Other entering freshmen may apply for admission if they have a composite ACT score of 24 or higher (or equivalent on other entrance exams). 

After their first semester in residence, students may enter the Honors College on the basis of a GPA of at least 3.30 after 15 semester hours of credit, 3.50 after 30 semester hours of credit, or 3.70 after 60 semester hours of credit. Only transfer students may enter the Honors College after the sophomore year. 

To apply, send the following to the Director of the Gordy Honors College:

• honors application available at Honors College Forms

• at least one letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak to the student’s academic record and ability to complete an honors curriculum

Entering freshmen who are interested in a spot in the Honors Residential Program should indicate this on the application.

Other Transfer Students

Students who transfer to MUW at the beginning of their junior year may apply for admission to the Honors College if they have at least a 3.70 GPA on sixty transferable hours. Only transfer students may enter the Honors College after the sophomore year. No student may enter in the senior year. 

Accepted transfer students must take the Transfer Honors Curriculum.

To apply, send the following to the Director of the Gordy Honors College:

• transfer application available at Honors College Forms 

• at least one letter of support from an individual who can speak to the student’s academic record and ability to complete an honors curriculum

Application Submission

Materials may be sent by e-mail or regular mail to Kim Whitehead, Interim Director of the Honors College. Send e-mail applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Send mail applications to:

Gordy Honors College
Mississippi University for Women 
1100 College Street
W-Box 1607
Columbus, MS 39701