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Michelle Hodge

Honors College Criteria

You must be accepted to TAMUC for your Honors College application to be considered. The Honors College is intended for incoming freshmen in the Fall directly following their high school graduation. At this time, the Honors College scholarship is not available to international students.

  • Complete application and be accepted to the university (Apply Texas Application)

  • Complete the Honors College application, which includes an essay.  The essay is scored in terms of creativity, style, and grammar/syntax/spelling.  Essays will be scored on a 5 point scale and the essay score will be included in the Application Score described below. If a student earns an interview essays can be used to help shape the discussion and provide perspective on the interview responses. Essay prompts can be found within the online application.

  • In general, we are looking for students in the Top 10% of their graduating class, who have an ACT score of 27 or higher, and/or a combined math and verbal SAT score of 1200 or higher.  However, these are not concrete cut-off scores.  For example, a valedictorian with a 25 on the ACT should apply.

a.      Class rank (at the time of application), test scores (composite, not super scores) or test optional recorded lesson, and the essay rating (up to 5 points) are used to create an application score to determine if a student moves to the interview stage of the application process (If a student has taken both the ACT and SAT only the higher of the two composite scores will be used in the score calculation).  A student must have a total score of 50 or higher to receive an interview.  The following guidelines are used:

Honrs College Scoring Rubric

Interviews  - Students who qualify for an interview will be invited through your MyLeo mail account – please check that regularly.  You should hear from us within 2 weeks of receipt of your Honors College application. In the past, interviews have been conducted primarily on campus. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews may be conducted through an online video platform such as Zoom.

a.      A minimum of two interviewers will be present.  Interviews will be rated on the following dimensions:

i.      Application of educational skills – You are trying to show the interviewers that you’re a scholar and that you take your education seriously.  You can demonstrate this in a number of ways.  Use strong vocabulary, correct syntax, bring in academic concepts to your answers (e.g., reference a book that you’ve read), tie your responses to previous educational experiences, etc.

ii.      Ability to think critically and creatively – can you ‘think on your feet’ or do you provide trite and hackneyed answers?

iii.   Fit with university and Honors College –Are you interested in the Liberal Arts experience we foster within the Honors College?  Will you contribute to the Honors Community? Do you want to live and be active on campus?

Three rounds of decisions will occur. The first round of decisions will be made in early December. The second round will be made in mid-January. The final round will be done at the completion of interviews (approximately mid-March).

a.      The decision panel will include 4 individuals – Dean of the Honors College, Director of Honors Programming, Honors Academics Coordinator, and the Honors College Graduate Assistant.

b.      Decisions will be based primarily upon CR%, Test Scores or Test Optional Recorded Lesson, Essay score, and Interview score.  However, other information from transcripts may also be used – for example success in dual enrollment courses and AP exams.

Suggestions for Application Essays and Admission Interviews