USA Honors College Application

The University of South Alabama Honors College offers a curriculum of interdisciplinary excellence designed to stimulate the analytical and critical thinking of exceptionally qualified and highly motivated students. The USA Honors College challenges each student through discussion, research, creative scholarship, intercultural engagement and the arts in an effort to create the feel of a small college environment in the midst of the opportunities provided by a large urban university.

The USA Honors College provides its students with opportunities for scholarship support throughout their four years of enrollment. These scholarships are designed to foster student success and encourage students to participate in enhanced intellectual experiences.

A limited number of scholarships are awarded competitively and are eligible to students of the USA Honors College once admission is complete. Additional scholarships may be available as the student progresses through the Honors College​ .

Students must complete the application by December 15th for first and full consideration. The Honors College will consider applications after December 15th, but only on a rolling and space available basis.

First-time freshman, who meet the December 1st priority deadline, have a qualifying score on the ACT/SAT and have at least a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA, will automatically receive the USA Freshman Admissions Scholarship that matches their profile. USA Honors College scholarships may be awarded in addition to this aid.

Students receiving University scholarships will have the award credited to their tuition and fees due each semester. Annual University scholarships are split between Fall and Spring semesters.

Any awards or scholarships funded by USA are considered institutional aid. Some examples of institutional aid are admission-based scholarships, departmental awards, employee tuition assistance, housing benefits and athletic scholarships. USA reserves the right to adjust aid if a student receives multiple scholarship awards or exceeds the institutional maximum.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a copy of your résumé, which should include the following:

    - Education
    - GPA (weighted & non-weighted)
    - Research Experiences (if applicable)
    - Work Experience (if applicable)
    - Honors and Awards
    - Extracurricular Activities (include volunteer and leadership experience)
    - Hobbies and Special Skills
    - Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or other special coursework (if applicable)

    Note: AP, IB, honors, and awards are not required for admission.
    Research and work experience (as well as other listed items) are not necessary for admission.

    Do not include punctuation in the file name.
  2. For your essay, we ask you to present a perspective based on just one word. This year the word is “tension.” In 500 words or less, please present your perspective on "tension".

    Essay will be evaluated on the basis of:
    1. Creativity
    2. Relevance to the topic;
    3. Development of the perspective or position in the essay;
    4. Focus and organization;
    5. Clarity and precision of ideas;
    6. Fluency in writing and language;
    7. Facility with conventions of standard written English (grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and mechanics).
  3. What major did you list on your application to South? Have you changed your major since your original application? How sure are you of this major? What other major or majors are you also considering, and why? Be aware, it's okay to be undecided! If you are, please note that as well.
  4. Provide, in a few sentences, your "statement of intent" for the Honors College. You may address this question in any way you like. Possible questions to address are: why you want to be in the Honors College, what activities in the Honors College appeal to you, or what you hope to contribute to the Honors College community.
  5. Please tell us about any special personal or family circumstances that are relevant to your need for financial assistance (please note: this response will not be shared with the admissions committee).
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