Honors Program

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The Honors Program is open to students in all majors. Most Honors students apply for and are admitted to the program before entering as first year students, although a limited number may be admitted later as Thesis Scholars.  There are no extra costs associated with enrollment in the Honors Program.

  • In general, students must display potential for Honors work in high school through good grades (a typical Honors student's high school GPA is 3.7 or above), college preparatory curriculum, high ACT scores and participation in school and community activities.
  • Successful applicants typically score a 27 or above on the ACT and rank in the top 15% of their class.  Others with special experiences, talents or academic interests are encouraged to apply - all applications are reviewed for achievement and potential.
Program Admission:
  • New and prospective students may apply to the Honors Program in any of the following methods:
  • Current USD students and transfer students should contact the Honors Program offices to visit about their options as either a University or Thesis Scholar.