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University Honors Program

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Admission Requirements

There are three ways a student may enter the University Honors Program:

  • Incoming students are invited to apply to General Honors on the basis of high school class standings, ACT composite score, and/or SAT scores. Normally, students should be in the upper ten percent of their high school classes, and have a composite ACT score of at least 24, and/or strong SAT scores, and a GPA of 3.5 or better. However, if not all of these criteria are met, a combination of them may be evaluated in addition to a letter of recommendation and a personal interview with the Honors Program Director.
  • Any student who maintains a 3.5 or better overall GPA at California State University, Long Beach, in 12 or more units of coursework is eligible to participate in General Honors with a letter of recommendation from an instructor and a personal interview with the Honors Program Director. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or above in 12 or more units at California State University, Long Beach, normally will be granted automatic acceptance into the Program upon application.
  • CSULB students not meeting the designated criteria may petition for admission to General Honors. Students are required to submit letters of recommendation from two instructors familiar with their work. These exceptional cases will be reviewed by the Director and the University Honors Program Advisory Board. Students are encouraged to petition if they have a good explanation for not meeting the basic requirements and/or a strong motivation to participate in the Program.
  • Transfer students may enter General Honors provided they have a minimum equivalent of a 3.5 average in all course work at the accredited institution from which they are transferring.

Qualified students may enter General Honors as late as their junior year. Where Honors transfer agreements have been negotiated with a community college (such as with Long Beach City College) up to 12 transfer units will be accepted as meeting the requirements of the CSULB University Honors Program. Otherwise a waiver of some of the required Honors credits (not more than 6) may be granted by the Director and the University Honors Program Advisory Board.