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The Mahurin Honors College Eligibility Requirements

The Mahurin Honors College welcomes all first-time freshman applicants to apply! The MHC uses a holistic application review process, and each application is considered based on the following components: 

  • Strength of writing samples
  • Level of involvement
  • Academic quality
    • GPA from sending high school.

Note: As of August 1, 2021, The Mahurin Honors College no longer requires ACT or SAT scores for admission consideration. While the MHC will no longer will require these scores for our admissions process, it is important to note that to be eligible for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship, you must have above a 31 ACT score (1420 SAT score) on file with WKU.  Additionally, the top academic merit award requires BOTH a 3.8 or higher GPA AND a 30 or higher ACT (or corresponding SAT score).


Priority Application Deadline: December 1 of a student's senior year.

All first-time freshman applications must be received by 11:59pm Central Time on December 1 for Mahurin Honors College priority admission consideration.


Rolling Admission

The Mahurin Honors College accepts applications for the freshman class year-round.  However, applications submitted after the December 1 Priority Deadline will be considered as space permits, as the freshman class cohort is limited to approximately 300 students.

The final deadline for applications is July 15 of the year a student would attend (rising freshmen in college).  Should you wish to apply after this deadline, please contact us at honors.admissions@wku.edu.


Honors Course Eligibility

First-time freshmen who are accepted into The Mahurin Honors College or who have been placed on The Mahurin Honors College's Waiting List are eligible to take any course with an Honors designation.

First-time freshmen who are not accepted into The Mahurin Honors College may still enroll in Honors courses in their first semester at WKU if they have a high school GPA of a 3.5 or higher. 


Reapplying to The Mahurin Honors College

Students who are not admitted as a first-time freshman may reapply at the end of the fall semester upon receipt of final grades. For more information on applying as a current WKU student, please call The Mahurin Honors College at 270-745-2081 and ask for the Admissions Counselor.

Admissions Questions?

Elizabeth GannonElizabeth Gannon
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 WKU and Transfer Student 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 9/13/23