Joining Honors

Eligibility for the Honors College

Admission to the Honors College is space-limited. There are three ways to be eligible for applying to the Honors College:

***Due to standardized testing limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are waiving the SAT/ACT criterion below. Students who meet one of the other two criteria will be considered eligible to apply***

  1. Outstanding high school students will be invited to apply to the Honors College if they meet at least two of the following three criteria. Invitations are sent via email from the Radford University Admissions office. The final application deadline is typically in mid-March for high school students. If you believe that should have received an invitation, please contact
    1. SAT/ACT                             1100 SAT (combined V+Q) or 24 ACT
    2. High School GPA                  3.7 (weighted)
    3. College-level Courses            Earn a B or better in at least one AP/DE/IB course
  2. Freshmen who earn a 3.5 or better during the first fall semester are eligible to apply over winter break. These students will receive an automatic invitation to apply. After freshman year, students with a 3.5 or better can email to request permission to apply.
  3. Transfer students may also apply to join the Honors College. If you are interested, please contact the Honors College office ( Application deadlines are typically in mid-March for transfer students. The honors program at Northern Virginia Community College and Radford University have developed a specific pathway for transferring between our two programs. 


Profile of Typical Honors Freshmen

Because the Honors College is space-limited, many students who meet the minimum critera for honors cannot be offered an opening. In past years, new freshmen who have been admitted to honors typically wrote a thoughtful application essay and had qualifications consistent with the following ranges:

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
High School GPA 3.83 4.09
High School Rank 85 94
SAT (Q+V) 1070 1240
ACT (Composite) 23 27

Application Process

High school seniors who meet the minimum eligibility criteria should receive an "invitation to apply" email within a month after admission to the university. This letter includes a link to the application portal. The priority deadline for honors applications from high school students is typically in late January. The regular deadline is typically in mid-March.

New freshmen who earn a 3.5 GPA during their first fall semester should receive an "invitation to apply" email over winter break. This email includes the web address for the application portal. The deadline for these applications is typically in early January.

Transfer students interested in applying to honors should send inquiries to The director will assist you in determining whether you are eligible for honors and whether the program would fit your academic goals at Radford. The deadline for transfer applications is typically mid-March.

If you believe that you are eligible to apply, but did not receive an invitation, please contact our office ( for information about the application portal.