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:
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and 3.5 GPA
OR 1100 SAT or 22 ACT and 3.75 GPA
OR 1050 SAT or 21 ACT and 3.9 GPA
OR 3.9 GPA and no test score (test optional for 2022)
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:
You have beenautomatically acceptedinto the Honors College andwish to apply for Honors College Scholarship consideration.
You are a high school senior who wasnot automatically acceptedinto the Honors College. You have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.50 and have not taken the SAT or ACT.Filling out the application form for Honors admission consideration will also place
you in consideration for an Honors scholarship, should you be accepted into the Honors
You are a high school student with a GPA below 3.50 and/or a standardized test score
below 1100 (SAT)/22 (ACT). Filling out the application form for Honors admission will
also place you in consideration for an Honors scholarship, should you be accepted
into the Honors College.
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 Scholarshipsor one-time Housing Waiver scholarships. These awards are in addition to the automatic
one-time $1,000 Honors College Award 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.
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:
I have applied, or intend to apply, to live on the Honors Living-Learning Floor in
Highlands 1. (This is optional. You are not required to live on the Honors floor.)
I meet one or both of the minimum admission requirements: 1100 SAT/25 ACT; 3.50 GPA.
(Students who fall slightly below these numbers can still apply.)
For my writing sample, I have included one of the following:
A high school research paper of between five and 10 pages
A 500-word typed essay developing my ideas about one of the topics listed below. (Applicants
are strongly encouraged to exceed the 500-word minimum.)
Some say social media is superficial, with no room for expressing deep or complex
ideas. We challenge you to defy these skeptics by describing yourself as fully and
accurately as possible in the280-characterlimit of a tweet. Complete the 500-wordessay by exploring the meaning behind your description of yourself.
Pick one creative work - a book, film, play, graphic novel, TV show, painting, album
of popular music - any piece of artistic expression that changed your life. Did it
alter how you see the world or other people? Help you understand yourself better?
Make you want to follow in that artist's footsteps? Something else? Explore its effect
Nelson Mandela believed that "what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have
lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine
the significance of the life we lead." Describe a way in which you have made or hope
to make a difference.
I have my resumé handy that contains my extracurricular activities, community service and leadership
experience, which is required for the application. You will be asked to upload the
file below.Note for Resumé Uploads:Please name your file "Full Name - Honors Application." If you need to resubmit a
file, please add the version number to the end of the file name (ex. v2, v3, etc.).
If you try to resubmit the file with the same name, it will not submit.
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