The Carthage Honors Program admits fewer than 10 percent of the students who enter Carthage each year. Outstanding students are invited to join the program based on their academic performance, or on the recommendation of their admissions representative or a faculty member.
“I chose the Honors Program because I wanted to be around driven, like-minded students. What I got was a huge extended family of people who push me to be a better person and classes that stretch my mind and imagination.” — Jenna Leazott ’18
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Students generally enter the Honors Program in the first semester of their freshman year. However, we also actively recruit highly talented and motivated students who have completed at least 16 credits of balanced course work (at Carthage or elsewhere). These students may enter the Honors Program in the second semester of their freshman year or as sophomores. While it is rare for students to complete the entire Honors curriculum when entering the program after their sophomore year, interested students should discuss their options with the Honors Program Director.
The following norms for admission to the Honors Program are offered only as guidelines. Highly motivated and ambitious students who do not meet particular criteria are encouraged to apply for consideration through the Honors Program Director.
First Year Students
Invitations to apply to join the Honors Program will go primarily to students who present outstanding high school credentials (ACT scores, GPA, or class rank, for example), and/or excel in Carthage’s competitive scholarship competitions. Additional students will be invited to apply upon the recommendation of an admissions representative. Admission into the Honors Program is handled on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply to Carthage early.
Students admitted to the Honors Program during their first or second year of study at Carthage typically have maintained at least a 3.25 Carthage GPA, have demonstrated excellence in one or more courses, have been recommended for the Honors Program by one or more instructors, and have been interviewed by the Honors Program Director. Students will be asked to complete a written application.
The Carthage Honors Program does accept outstanding transfer students. Individuals admitted to the Honors Program as new transfer students typically have maintained a college GPA of at least 3.25, have demonstrated excellence in one or more courses, have been recommended for the Honors Program by an admissions representative, and have been interviewed by the Honors Program Director.