Admission to Honors for High School Applicants

We aim for a diverse and representative group of students who will excel at Syracuse University. The Renée Crown University Honors Program is an all-University program, and those invited to join the program as incoming first-year students roughly represent the proportion of undergraduate students enrolled in each SU school and college.

Because we provide our students with excellent advising, small classes, and opportunities to engage directly with some of the best professors and instructors at the University, we can only admit a small number of incoming first-year students each fall; many excellent students may not be accepted to enter at the start of their freshman year.

If you are an incoming first-year student and you think Honors sounds right for you, we strongly encourage you to apply to the program. We seek students with broad intellectual curiosity and a commitment to exploring their field of study deeply, fostering global awareness, improving their communication skills, and pursuing civic engagement.

Your First Year in Honors

During your first year in Honors, you will live in the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC) or another LLC of your choice that you request on the housing application. The Honors LLC is located in Sadler Hall, which is next to the Stadium and close to the Barnes Center, our state-of-the-art health and wellness center. You may learn more about residential life via the Housing Office and the Office of Student Living.


Sadler common area
Sadler Dining Hall
Honors students in van for a trip
honors LC kayaking
Sadler Dining Hall
Sadler open double

For current high school seniors who will be coming to Syracuse, we will open up the application for Honors in the Spring of 2022 for entry in Fall 2022.

If you are wanting to get started working on your application to Honors, the best approach would be to start thinking about our essay prompts.  Honors requires an application essay of no more than 650 words on ONE of these essay prompts.

1. How would participating in the Honors Program enhance your undergraduate experience?

2. Which Honors Program opportunity are you the most excited about?

You must have been accepted to Syracuse University and have a valid SUID (9 digit number) in order to apply to the Honors Program.