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Apply to the Honors College

Admission into the Honors College requires an exceptional high school transcript, excellent written expression, involvement in his or her local community and strong standardized test scores. Above all, Honors students exemplify the relentless pursuit of knowledge, and have a dedication to their studies that goes above and beyond expectations.

Application process

  1. Complete the College of Charleston Undergraduate Admissions Application using the online system. On the regular application, check the box indicating that you want to apply to the Honors College. If you have already applied to the College of Charleston, but have decided to pursue an Honors application, you must email to request that we add you to our system.
  2. Complete the Honors College Essay on the application, or type “I will submit this at a later date via email” into the text space. The application will not let you proceed until you have typed something in the submission area. If you complete the essay on your application, it will be added to your record automatically.
  3. Send your letters of recommendation and resume to If you have already sent these documents to the Office of Admission, you MUST notify the Honors College so we can locate them on your record. Failure to do so may result in delayed processing/review of your application. We cannot guarantee the processing for any letters of recommendation submitted by any other means (including Naviance/Docufide/Parchment or Script-Safe).
  4. The Honors College will notify you once we have received your application, and periodically you will receive on missing requirements. We will also notify you once your application is complete.
  5. You will be notified by regular mail once the Honors College has made an admissions decision. Please be advised that the Honors College makes decisions only after the Office of Admission has returned a decision on your application. Letters are mailed beginning in late December and continue through the spring semester. 

You cannot check your status online, so if you have questions concerning your status at the Honors College, please email us at or call us at 843.953.7154.


The following materials are required for admission to the Honors College and should be sent to


These should be sent directly from your high school to the Office of Admission. If you have completed any college courses while enrolled in high school, please request the college send an official transcript to the Office of Admission as well.


Scores must be sent directly from the CollegeBoard or ACT to the Office of Admission. The Office of Admission and Honors College do not accept scores from high school transcripts. Subject tests are not required. SAT Code: 5113, ACT Code: 3846


In evaluating essays, our Honors Committee pays particular attention to not only the mechanics of your writing, but the clarity and precision with which you convey your ideas. Keep in mind, too, that you are not bound by a traditional five-paragraph essay. Feel free to think outside the box, and be yourself.  Prepare a 500-800 word response to one of the following prompts and then cut and paste your response into the appropriate space within the online application. You can also submit your response to, if your essay is not complete at the time of submission

  1. Though many pressing issues of the day have a global scale, they are most often felt and engaged on a local level.  Describe a problem of global proportions that also has local implications. Explain in specific terms how you would work to address this problem on a local level, and why you believe your solution would be effective.
  2. Imagine taking a college course that was unconstrained by traditional subject areas – a class in which you could read anything, go anywhere, and produce something truly remarkable at the end.  What would your dream course be called? What readings, assignments, and activities would be required and why?  What would your final project be?
  3. “The important thing is not to stop questioning.  Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein. Write about an aspect of the world that has engaged your curiosity and led you to ask questions. Explain the actions you have taken to learn more about the issue and the strategies you have used to address any concerns you have about the issue.


One letter should come from a teacher in a core subject area (math, English, science, social science or foreign language) and should focus on your classroom performance and intellectual engagement. The second letter should come from a second core-area teacher, or a college or guidance counselor. If a counselor is writing on your behalf, their recommendation should focus on providing context for your academic environment. Both recommenders should indicate how long  and in what capacity they have known.


The resume should serve as an outline of your extracurricular involvement throughout high school. Though there is no specific format, it is prudent to highlight experiences that demonstrate leadership and a commitment to public service.  Activities that occurred before entering high school should be excluded. We also recommend you limit yourself to 1-2 pages.