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The Mahurin Honors College's Application Components

The priority deadline for high school seniors is December 1.

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

The Mahurin Honors College Application for Admission includes several components. Each are listed below with specific information and tips to complete the application. If you are ready to begin your online application, click the button below:

Start The Mahurin Honors College's Application

This application displays a portion of the personal and academic information that you completed for the general application to WKU.

  • Validate the information displayed by clicking Save and Continue.
  • If any information displayed is incorrect, contact the WKU Office of Admission at 270-745-2551 or admission@wku.edu to request an update before submitting the application.

This is not your AP English essay.  This isn’t your activities summary portion on this application.  This is the writing portion.  We want to get to know the real you!  Write something super creative, or analytical…whatever fits you best. Don’t take these questions literally, or do…really it’s up to you.  Who are you? What do you believe?  What are your big dreams?  All we ask is that you are real and authentic.  Our goal at The Mahurin Honors College is to help each scholar achieve their big dreams…and this is the start.  You have our permission to think outside the box and have fun!


Discuss two (2) separate prompts from the following list succinctly, but with enough detail for the selection committee to fully evaluate your writing ability (4,000 characters max, including spaces and punctuation for each essay). It is recommended that you write and edit your essays in a text editor (like Microsoft Word) and paste them into the appropriate text boxes.  The web form times out after 10 minutes.

  1. They always say hindsight is 20/20.  If that is true, the year 2020 has sure brought a lot of lessons for us all.  What are the top 5 lessons you have learned so far in 2020 and how has each lesson shaped your view and plans for the future?
  2. We are interested in getting to know “the academic you” and “the academic you” that you aspire to become. Let’s imagine you are entering The Mahurin Honors College in the Fall of 2021, and a fictional grant is awarded to you for the amount of $100,000 for costs outside the classroom.  This grant is not allowed to be used on tuition, meals, and housing.  How would you spend that money to further develop your academic self?  In other words, how would you use this money to support your “Big Dream?” 
  3. Create a short video (maximum of 4 minutes) that shows us who you are. What does your day look like? Who are your people? Let us into your world. (please include the YouTube link in your answer.)
  4. During the next four years, each Mahurin Honors College scholar will be faced with different opportunities and challenges.  No two roads have been the same to get to The Mahurin Honors College, and no two roads will be the same leaving either. We know that some MHC students will struggle with living away from home, while others may encounter difficulties with coursework or conflicts with roommates. Describe a situation in which you have experienced difficulty, overcome adversity, or faced an ethical question. Explain how you coped with the situation and what you learned from it.  (We would ask that you please refrain from coronavirus responses, unless you had to overcome an unique adversity related to the virus.)
  5. Create your own essay prompt! Give us a prompt, any prompt you want, and write about it. Please refrain from using Common App or other existing prompts. 

New for the Fall 2021 application...a Short Answer!

You have 280 characters to complete the short answer prompt below.  As with the essays, we recommend working on the entry in a Microsoft Word document (or similar program) and copying and pasting the text into the box.  We want to see


  • Describe yourself in a tweet! This is your chance to be creative, but remember, you are limited to 280 CHARACTERS. Hashtags are welcome!

The Mahurin Honors College seeks applicants with a variety of interests and experiences, evaluating applicants into the following four areas:

  • Activities
  • Work Experiences
  • Volunteer Services
  • Honors & Awards


  • Summarize your activities, experiences, and awards. Maximum of 10 responses per component.
  • Limit your responses to activities and awards completed within the past four years. If you were involved in more than 10 activities, list only those you feel are the most relevant and significant experiences.
  • If you choose not to list any activities, simply return to the main menu. These components are not required. You may complete as many or as few as you choose.

At any point, you can save your application and continue the application at a later date.

Once all sections are completed to your satisfaction, you can click the Submit Application button.  You should only do this once your entire application is completed to satisfaction. Once submitted, you will not be able to go back and change any information.


Admissions Questions?

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

Futher 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 7/30/21