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Application and Admission

Students may apply to the Honors College as incoming first-year students, transfer students, or as currently enrolled APU students. Students who have received Trustees’, President’s, and Dean’s Scholarships are also encouraged to apply for admission to the Honors College. Freshman participants are selected from the top 10 percent of APU applicants on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership ability, and exemplary character.

The Honors College application requires the high school grade-point average and SAT or ACT scores. In addition, the applicant is required to submit responses to selected essay questions on the application form. The completed application and the essay responses are reviewed by the APU Honors Council to determine admission into the Honors College.

Transferring and Secondary Admission

Students who have a minimum 1210 SAT score or 27 ACT score and a minimum college or university cumulative 3.50 GPA may apply for admission to the Honors College. Students who have a cumulative 3.75 GPA or higher will be considered for admission without limitation; however, no more than five students having a cumulative GPA of 3.50–3.75 may be admitted to the Honors College annually. All transferring honors students and secondary applicants must satisfy the following minimal admission standards: those transferring 25–46 units must include 9 college honors credits and those transferring more than 46 units must include 12 honors units. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits will not be considered for satisfaction of the minimum transfer admission requirement. A minimum of 9 honors units must be completed at Azusa Pacific University to qualify for graduation as a distinguished Honors scholar. Honors credits earned through study abroad will not count toward the required 9 Honors units in residence.

Students who are not among those admitted to the program may submit a Petition to Enroll (PDF) to the Honors College office requesting permission to register in an honors course on a space available basis. Permission must be granted before starting the course.

In addition to completing the application and reference forms for admission to the university, a candidate must apply to the Honors College.