Honors Admissions


High-achieving new students, as well as current students and transfers, are eligible for admission to PennWest Edinboro Honors College.


How to Join the Honors College.

High school seniors applying for admission to PennWest Edinboro will automatically be offered a seat in the Honors College if they meet the following criteria:

Current Edinboro or transfer students applying for for Honors College admission consideration must have earned a minimum college GPA of 3.40. 

The Honors College Admissions and Scholarship application is provided below.  You must complete this form if you fit one of the following descriptions:

All applications are reviewed by the Honors College Director and the students who serve on the Honors College office staff.  In the decision-making process, your writing sample (see checklist below), extracurricular activities, and leadership positions are weighed very heavily.

Types of Honors College Scholarships.

Only incoming high school graduates admitted to the Honors College are eligible for renewable Honors College Academic Scholarships or one-time Housing Waiver scholarships. These awards are in addition to the automatic one-time $1,000 Honors College Award Scholarships.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships of up to $1,000 per year are offered to Honors College students. They are renewable for four years as long as you maintain a minimum GPA of 3.50.

Housing Waiver

A Housing Waiver scholarship is equivalent to one-half the cost of a room in the Highlands or Towers residence halls (approximately $3,000). The Housing Waiver Scholarship is for the freshman year only and is nonrenewable.

The application deadlines for Honors College admission and Honors scholarship consideration are November 1 Early Action, February 1 Priority Deadline, and April 1 Final Deadline.  By April 1, most if not all of the Honors scholarships will have been awarded.  However, exceptional late-arriving applications could result in an Honors scholarship offer if an earlier recipient chooses not to accept his or her award. 


Please review the following checklist before starting your application:


Honors College Admission and Scholarship Application

By filling out this application, you are applying for both admission to the Honors College (unless you have already been automatically accepted) and Honors College scholarship consideration.

(*) denotes required information.

Applicant Information
(e.g. 814-732-2000 or (814) 732-2000)
Academic Information
(e.g. Spring 2024 or Fall 2024)
Academic and Extracurricular Resumé

(e.g. Resumé_John_Doe.pdf)
(e.g. Essay_John_Doe.pdf)


Contact Us

Honors College
Butterfield Hall, 3rd Floor
310 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
Email: honors-edn@pennwest.edu
Phone: 814-732-2981

Dr. Lenore Barbian
Associate Director
315 Butterfield Hall
Email: lbarbian@pennwest.edu
Phone: 814-732-2981