Admission to Honors for Current Syracuse Students

Honors students are committed to developing themselves as scholars and professionals who carry forward the principles of innovation and imagination. Successful Honors students who get the most out of the program are those who want to explore their research interests, and welcome the challenge of completing the thesis project.

A high GPA is not a guarantee of admission to Honors. We also read application essays carefully for writing quality, and a clear indication that your academic and professional interests are a good fit for the program. Honors requires a challenging Thesis be conducted in your major during your Junior and Senior year.  We look for students who are seeking to prioritize in-depth research, creative, or professional works as part of their undergraduate careers.


Program Eligibility

A current SU student interested in applying to Honors must have a minimum cumulative GPA that reflects the cum laude graduation GPA for the school or college of enrollment.

Cum laude for schools or colleges:

  • School of Architecture: 3.2
  • All other schools and colleges: 3.4


Admittance Later in Your Undergraduate Career

To ensure that sufficient time remaining at SU to complete the Honors requirements, if you plan to apply to Honors after your first year, please discuss admission with an Honors advisor before you apply. Please contact us prior to filling out an application so that an advisor can assist you in learning more about Honors and creating a plan to complete the Honors requirements.

  • Email:
  • Phone: 315-443-2759

Application Process and Deadline

Honors accepts applications from current Syracuse students for admissions twice annually.  Students can apply to Honors for the Fall semester or Spring semester prior to their Junior year.

  • To apply for admission in the Fall semester, the deadline is June 15th, with admissions decisions communicated by the end of June.
  • To apply for admission in the Spring semester, the deadline is December 15th, with decisions communicated in the first week of January.
  • All admissions decisions are communicated via email to your Syracuse University email address.

Interested? Apply Now

Access the application for admission below.