The Honors Program Admissions Committee will give priority consideration to applicants based on academic excellence.
Lower Division applicants are generally graduating high school seniors. The Admission criteria to the Lower Division for the 2013-2014 academic year is:
Students are expected to complete a college preparatory curriculum in high school. High schools vary in the advanced courses they offer. Honors applicants are expected to complete the most rigorous curriculum available at their high school. Applicants who participate in the Post-Secondary Educational Opportunity Program are expected to have completed the standard high school college preparatory curriculum in addition to their college work.
Preferred applicants will have 4 years of high school English, 4 years of high school mathematics including pre-calculus and in some cases calculus, at least three years of natural science (usually biology, physics and chemistry), at least three years of social science courses, three or more years of a foreign language, with additional classes in the visual or performing arts. There will be students admitted who have not met all of these criteria; however, it should be noted that a student without high school physics, for example, is generally not prepared for a college level course in the subject. Preference in admission to the Honors Program will be given to students whose high school transcript indicates they are prepared for a wide variety of possible college majors.
Upper Division applicants must apply during their sophomore year in college and will be admitted to Cleveland State for their junior year of college. The admission criteria to the Upper Division for the 2013-2014 academic year is:
Preferred applicants will be on track to graduate in two years (for those whose major is in a four year program). College transcripts will reflect a rigorous course of study both in the students preferred major and in his or her choices for general education and elective courses. Students should have made good progress toward completion of general education course requirements and lower division prerequisites for courses in the major.
The Honors Program is both a scholarship program and an academic program. Students who are not prepared to complete the academic requirements for Honors in their major are not eligible to participate in the Program or to receive an Honors Scholarship. The upper division honors program typically requires three to four semesters to complete. To complete the admission process, successful applicants must work with their designated honors faculty advisor to complete an academic plan that will result in their graduation in their chosen major with honors.
If an eligible student applies to Honors Program as a rising junior and is NOT awarded an Honors scholarship, the admissions committee can decide to invite the student to participate in Honors without scholarship support. Such a student would receive University honors distinction on their final diploma. To receive honors distinction without scholarship, the student must meet the following criteria: