All students must first earn admission to Kennesaw State University before KSU Journey Honors College will consider their honors application.

To ensure quality of experience, KSU Journey Honors College is unable to serve strictly Online Learners at this time.

Which Type of Student Are You?

  • First-year students applying for admission to KSU Journey Honors College must have a KSU-calculated high school GPA of 3.5 to be eligible to apply.

    Admission to the KSU Journey Honors College is competitive and is based on a review of the applicant’s academic preparation with particular attention paid to the application essay. The essay portion of the application is very important to us because it gives us a sample of your writing, helps us get to know you better, and helps us assess your fit for the KSU Journey Honors College. The reviewers will be looking for the following in your essay: originality and creativity; strong point or argument; demonstration of curiosity and potential for engagement; evidence of care, effort, and clarity; and appropriate essay organization, grammar, and language.

    *First-year students who do not meet the minimum criteria for admission or who are not accepted based on their initial application may apply to KSU Journey Honors College after their first semester at KSU. At that point, they are evaluated as current KSU students and must attain a KSU adjusted GPA of 3.25 and have 12 or more earned college credit hours.

    **The Department of Psychological Science has specific eligibility criteria for Honors Students. Please review the criteria.

  • Eligibility for students who are graduating from high school and who participated in KSU's Dual Enrollment Program is based on how many college credit hours were completed:

    • Students who have earned fewer than 12 college credit hours and have a KSU-calculated high school GPA of 3.5 or greater are eligible to apply.
    • Students who have earned 12 or more college credit hours and have a KSU GPA of 3.25 or greater are eligible to apply.

    Admission to the KSU Journey Honors College is competitive and is based on a review of the applicant’s academic preparation with particular attention paid to the application essay. The essay portion of the application is very important to us because it gives us a sample of your writing, helps us get to know you better, and helps us assess your fit for the KSU Journey Honors College. The reviewers will be looking for the following in your essay: originality and creativity; strong point or argument; demonstration of curiosity and potential for engagement; evidence of care, effort, and clarity; and appropriate essay organization, grammar, and language.

  • Incoming and continuing Dual Enrollment Program (DEP) students are encouraged to apply for KSU Journey Honors College.

    • Continuing dual enrollment students who have earned 12 or more college credit hours and have a KSU GPA of 3.25 or greater are eligible to apply.
    • Continuing dual enrollment students who have earned fewer than 12 hours and have a KSU-calculated high school GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply.

    Admission to the KSU Journey Honors College is competitive and is based on a review of the applicant’s academic preparation with particular attention paid to the application essay. The essay portion of the application is very important to us because it gives us a sample of your writing, helps us get to know you better, and helps us assess your fit for the KSU Journey Honors College. The reviewers will be looking for the following in your essay: originality and creativity; strong point or argument; demonstration of curiosity and potential for engagement; evidence of care, effort, and clarity; and appropriate essay organization, grammar, and language.

    *Please note:

    • All courses taken by DEP students must be approved by a DEP advisor and their high school counselor.
    • If an Honors section of an approved course (e.g., ENGL 1101/H01 or HIST 1111/H01) is available, then the student may take the Honors section rather
    • than a regular section. Honors sections are smaller and are typically seminar-style. (The "H" in the section number code designates that it's an honors section.)
    • Courses with a HON prefix (e.g., HON 3000: Honors Colloquium) and the HON 1100: Introduction to Honors courses are not covered by Dual Enrollment funding.
    • DEP students may participate in non-course related Honors Discoveries (book clubs, etc.) to meet the Honors Learning Experience requirements. Any associated fees are not covered by Dual Enrollment funding, and the student would need to pay these expenses out of pocket.
  • Students with a transfer GPA of 3.5 and

    *The Department of Psychological Science has specific eligibility criteria for Honors Students. Please review the criteria.

  • Students with a KSU adjusted GPA of 3.25 and 

    *The Department of Psychological Science has specific eligibility criteria for Honors Students. Please review these criteria here.

    Honors Reinstatement

    If you have previously been a member of KSU Journey Honors College and either withdrawn or been dismissed, you may apply for reinstatement.

Honors 2023 Essay Prompts

Pegs

Students applying to PEGS will complete the following PEGS essays:  

Question 1: Please tell us about an exceptional experience that you have had outside of school. You might describe your experiences in community service, peer groups, athletics, arts, or anything else that captures your time and attention. What have you done that exemplifies your approach to leadership and engagement? Please note that the minimum word count for this essay prompt is 200 words. 

Question 2: Please describe why enhancing your global competency is an important component for your education at Kennesaw State University and your career past KSU. If possible, please include your previous or hopeful future international experiences. Please note that international experience is not required to be considered for the PEGS program. The minimum word count for the essay is 200 words. 

The KSU Journey Honors College seeks students that have a vision of their personal, academic, and professional success and a drive to take advantage of available resources and opportunities to reach their goals. This requires students to understand who they are and how they will use their talents to succeed. Describe two things you want everyone to know about you, things that are central to who you are and what you want to do in this world. How do these personal insights coincide with your academic and career goals, and how do you intend to take advantage of KSU Journey Honors College to achieve these goals? 

(400 to 500 words in total suggested)

Ancient and Modern Classics 

Students applying to Ancient and Modern Classics will complete the following essay: 

In your opinion, why should we even read classic books? 

The KSU Journey Honors College seeks students that have a vision of their personal, academic, and professional success and a drive to take advantage of available resources and opportunities to reach their goals. This requires students to understand who they are and how they will use their talents to succeed. Describe two things you want everyone to know about you, things that are central to who you are and what you want to do in this world. How do these personal insights coincide with your academic and career goals, and how do you intend to take advantage of KSU Journey Honors College to achieve these goals? 

(400 to 500 words in total suggested)

WellStar Tom and Betty Philips Elite Honors Nursing Scholars

Students applying to the WellStar Tom and Betty Philips Elite Honors Nursing Scholars cohort will complete the following essay: 

Tell us about a time when you took responsibility for a mistake you made.

The KSU Journey Honors College seeks students that have a vision of their personal, academic, and professional success and a drive to take advantage of available resources and opportunities to reach their goals. This requires students to understand who they are and how they will use their talents to succeed. Describe two things you want everyone to know about you, things that are central to who you are and what you want to do in this world. How do these personal insights coincide with your academic and career goals, and how do you intend to take advantage of KSU Journey Honors College to achieve these goals? 

(400 to 500 words in total suggested)

2023 Honors Application Deadlines

STUDENT TYPE APPLICATION DEADLINE APPLICATION
First-Year Students            May 30, 2023 Apply Here
Dual Enrollment Students May 30, 2023 Apply Here
Transfer Students May 30, 2023 Apply Here
Current KSU Students May 30, 2023 Apply Here