Saint Joseph's has recently implemented a test optional admission policy for all applicants applying for the Fall 2014 Semester. This policy also impacts the admission procedure to our Honors Program.
If you submit test scores with your application: Admission to the Honors Program requires a minimum high school GPA of 3.75 and a score of at least 1300 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT. If you meet these requirements on your application, you will receive a letter that includes your next steps to enroll in the SJU Honors Program. Students very close to, but not meeting, these standards may choose to contact Samantha Pitcher in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to request admission to the program, and a decision will be made on an individual basis.
If you are a test-optional applicant: You will need to submit a graded, academic, writing sample from your junior or senior year of high school by the application deadline that you prefer. If a grade is not on your writing sample, we will accept a letter of verification from your teacher that includes the grade. Writing samples may be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Saint Joseph’s University, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131. Please not that samples will not be returned.
To graduate with General Honors, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Successful completion of General Honors requires at least eight semesters of General Honors work. These eight semesters consist of two semesters of team-taught interdisciplinary courses, two one-semester courses in Philosophy or Theology, and four semesters of other Honors courses.
Departmental Honors requires two consecutive semesters of independent study, during which students are responsible for following the administrative procedures laid out in the university catalog. Candidates appear before an examination committee before the conclusion of the full examination period and deliver a report of their research findings. A copy of the completed project is filed with the Honors Director and the appropriate department chair.
University Scholar candidates must register for a minimum of six research credits per semester. The procedures for applying for University Scholar status are the same as Departmental Honors and are laid out in the University catalog.
Students completing both General Honors and either Departmental Honors or University Scholars requirements will graduate as Honors Graduates.