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Welcome to The Mahurin Honors College's Application!

The MHC Application Is Open for Fall 2023 Applicants!


  • Do you graduate from high school in the spring of 2023? 
  • Are you someone who wants to pursue more and do more during college?
  • Is the thought of "Ascending Toward Excellence" something that excites you?

If any of the above questions relate to you...then this is the application page for you.  The Mahurin Honors College (MHC) is here to help WKU scholars Ascend Toward Excellence.  This means we take a personal interest in you and your future.  Our scholars are found around campus, from gifted biologists to talented musicians.  We want to see you succeed, and are willing to guide you along the path.  

All scholars interested in applying to The Mahurin Honors College (MHC) must first be admitted to WKU for general admission. Remember to complete your WKU Application for Admission early. Learn more on the admissions website.
Begin your MHC application here! 
We welcome all first-time first year applicants to view if they are eligible.  Click here to find more about who we are looking for and about our holistic application review process. 
Want to know what our application looks like prior to applying?  This is the spot for you.  We even give some helpful suggestions to help you in completing your application, including essay prompts, a short answer, and the involvement summary.
Are you a current WKU scholars, community college scholars and transfer scholar?  The MHC may be a great fit for you!  We have created an admissions process specifically with you in mind. 
In full transparency, MHC scholars are charged a membership fee, which is used to support intellectual and social programming, scholarships and additional resources for MHC scholars.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start? 

All MHC applicants must be admitted to WKU first.  Following admission, we encourage you to review the chart above, including the components and suggestions section.  Once you are admitted to WKU and are ready, you can begin your MHC application!

What deadline should I pick?

We know that having multiple deadlines can be confusing, but we know scholars can find out about us late, and we want to make sure they have the chance to apply. 

To the question, the simple answer is pick the soonest deadline!  We are limited to the amount of scholars we can enroll in a given year.  Typically the number is between 300 and 325.  We offer acceptances based on the confirmed enrollment data we have on file. So lets say 500 apply by the priority deadline and of those, 250 accept their enrollments, we would only have 50-75 spots to offer to those who complete by the secondary deadline.  

Some Data based off of Fall 2022:

  • December 1 - Priority Deadline
    • The majority (60-70%) of incoming MHC scholars applied via the Priority Deadline.  This is not early acceptance, but rather this allows you to have the best opportunity 
  • February 1 - Secondary Deadline
    • 20-30% of incoming scholars applied via the Secondary Deadline.
  • July 15 - Final Deadline to Apply for Fall 2023

In summation, if you are reading this before December 1, you should apply by the priority deadline so you have a full chance to be admitted.  If you are reading this between December 1 and February 1, we encourage you to apply by the secondary deadline.

I have submitted my application...what now?

Great question!  We encourage you to come visit campus with our VIP Visits.  You and your family will get an individual tour with our HonorsToppers along with an admissions meeting.  



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Admissions Questions?

Zack RyleZack Ryle
Assistant Director,
Enrollment and Brand Management




Laura KingLaura King
Admissions Counselor




Important Links

Welcome to Admissions

This page will introduce you to The Mahurin Honors College's Admission Process.

Schedule a Visit

We would love to see you and your family on campus.

Admissions Eligibility

Eligibility requirements for those pursuing admission to The Mahurin Honors College.

Application Components and Suggestions 

This page details the sections of our application, including essay prompts and the involvement summary.

Current and Transfer Admissions Requirements

This page details the requirements for both current WKU students and transfer students wishing to apply to The Mahurin Honors College.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

This page details some of the scholarships offered through The Mahurin Honors College as well as those at Western Kentucky University.

Membership Fee

Further clarification is given on the fee for Honors, as well as some FAQ's related to the fee.

Meet our Ambassadors

The HonorsToppers are the official ambassadors for The Mahurin Honors College.  These students lead the VIP Visits for each prospective student/family.

H4 - Honors First-Year Retreat

This page will include all information relevant to our first-year orientation retreat, H4.

Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 8/31/22