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Application Process

The University Honors Program at California State University, Long Beach, aims to recruit students who are not only academically high-achieving but also those who are planning to be meaningfully engaged in the CSULB campus and its surrounding communities. Honors students are leaders, stewards of their environment, global citizens, creative thinkers, and risk-takers in their education.


Candidate Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (4.0 or higher recommended for President’s Scholarship consideration)*
  • Strong ACT and/or SAT scores are desirable
    • Recommended scores for the Engineering Honors Track - SAT-M  (≥650 old OR ≥ 680 new) and SAT-V( ≥ 600 old OR ≥ 550 new), or ACT Math ≥ 31 and ACT Reading ≥ 27
  • Ability to complete the unit requirements of the selected Honors Plan
  • Newly admitted University Honors students who are accepted into on-campus housing will be placed in Honors House (Los Cerritos Residence Hall), subject to space availability

*Even if not all criteria are met, under special circumstances, applicants may be evaluated for admissions consideration by the Honors Program Director

Timeframes & Deadlines

Applying for Fall Program Admittance

First Round with President’s Scholarships consideration (First year and transfer students)

Second Round (First year, transfer, and continuing CSULB students)

Applying for Spring Program Admittance

First Round (transfer and continuing CSULB students)

What You Will Need

  • Your CSULB ID Number- This is your 9-digit student number that is provided to you on your admissions letter
  • Unofficial Transcripts- Saved in PDF format
  • SAT/ACT Scores (if First Time Freshman)
  • Recommender Contact Information- The teacher or professor who is writing a letter of recommendation for you  
    • Please note: Your recommender will receive an email to submit a letter of recommendation for you online, after you submit your University Honors Application.  Letters from a teacher or professor who can speak to your promise or potential in your chosen field are strongly recommended. It is suggested that you submit your application at least a week prior to the deadline to give your recommender ample time to submit their letter of recommendation for you. 
    • More details regarding the recommendation letter and information to provide to your recommender can be found on our Letter of Recommendation Page. 
  • Personal Statement

Personal Statement

Prompt for Personal Statement

In your essay, please explain how you think being part of the University Honors Program at CSULB will enhance your undergraduate experience; discuss how your unique background (personal, community, academic, extra-curricular, or other experiences) has inspired your choice of major; and consider describing your dreams, triumphs and challenges, leadership experiences and/or goals.

This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the University Honors Program. Take time to thoughtfully reflect upon what you will write. A personal statement is personal so there is no one right essay style, but here are some guidelines:

  • DO exercise critical thinking by providing a carefully considered statement: avoid clichés, quotations from others (we want to hear from you!), and grandiose claims.
  • DO provide specific examples of your points: avoid vague generalities and unsupported assertions.
  • DO proofread and edit carefully: avoid distracting your readers with preventable writing mistakes.
  • DO use 12-point font and one-inch margins and write a maximum of two pages, double spaced (approx. 500 words).
  • DO insert your full name and the date in your document header.