Eligibility

There is no separate application to be considered for the Honors Program. All students who apply to Saint Leo University will be considered for the program, and will be notified by letter of their status.

Admission is selective, and neither acceptance by the University nor a grant of scholarship is a guarantee of admission to Honors.

The Honors Program seeks to admit students who demonstrate academic accomplishment, and commitment to Saint Leo's core values of excellence, community, respect, personal development, responsible stewardship and integrity.

How can I join Honors?

  1. As an incoming freshman to Saint Leo University: The minimum requirements for admission to the Honors Program are: a high school GPA of 3.5, and an SAT score of 1150 or the ACT equivalent of 25. If a student has the equivalent GPA but does not meet the SAT or ACT requirement, they may petition to apply to the Honors Program by writing an essay and taking a separate examination administered by the Honors Director. These students may also be required to submit a letter of recommendation confirming their aptitude for independent and collaborative work.
  2. As an incoming transfer student to Saint Leo University: Students who transfer from another National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)-recognized Honors program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 are automatically eligible for admission. Junior transfer students holding an A.A. or A.S. degree who have a minimum GPA of 3.75 are invited to join the Honors Program for the final two years. The two-year Honors curriculum for qualified junior transfers consists of the following courses: HON 350, HON 351, HON 498 and HON 499.
  3. As a non-honors student at Saint Leo University: Students who complete the first semester or freshman year at Saint Leo's campus with a minimum GPA of 3.75 may seek recommendation by a faculty member to join the Honors Program, but they must double up on Honors core courses during their sophomore year.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Honors Program, a student must meet all University graduation requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, must also achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in Honors classes, and must complete a senior project with a grade of B- or better.

Any student who receives a grade of less than a B- in any two Honors core courses (excluding English Honors courses) may no longer register for Honors courses or receive further Honors benefits.