Apply to Honors College

Interested students are invited to apply for admission to the Honors College. The priority deadline for fall admission is February 15. Late applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled for the incoming cohort.

Admission to the Honors College is selective. All students who are in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school or who have SAT/ACT scores in the top 10% of test-takers are encouraged to apply. Students may apply to the Honors College as incoming first-year students, transfer students, or as second-year APU students. APU President’s Scholarship recipients are strongly encouraged to apply for admission. Trustees’ Scholarship finalists are automatically accepted to the Honors College and do not need to complete the application if they checked the Honors College box on the Trustees’ Scholarship application.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Honors College application, in addition to the general APU Admission application, by February 15. The Honors College online application cannot be saved, so please be prepared to finish the entire application at one time. Essay prompt options are provided below to allow applicants time to complete the essay before starting the online application.
  2. Secure two letters of reference from teachers in different academic core courses (or two individuals who can speak of the applicant’s academic preparation). To do this, download the Academic Reference (PDF) form and complete all fields on the first page. Save a copy of the PDF and send it to both of your chosen references.
  3. Secure one letter of reference from a pastor/church leader (an individual who can comment on the applicant’s Christian commitment and service). To do this, download the Pastor/Church Leader Reference (PDF) form and complete all fields on the first page. Save a copy of the PDF and send it to your chosen reference.

Essay Prompt

Write and submit an essay responding to one of the following quotations:

  1. “Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” – Abigail Adams
  2. “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” – Woodrow Wilson
  3. “The mystery of human existence lies not just in staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Format and Evaluation Criteria

The essay should be typed. Text should be double-spaced with one-inch margins at the top, bottom, left, and right. Preferred font size is 10- or 12-point. All paragraphs should be indented five spaces. Essays should not exceed three pages. Essays will be evaluated based on thoughtfulness and clarity of written expression.