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Honors College

Honors College Admissions

Incoming freshmen with a score of 29 or higher on the ACT or a score of 1330 or higher on the SAT are invited to apply to the Honors College.

Honors College Application

Prior to applying to the Honors College, students must first apply and obtain provisional acceptance to MC in admissions. 

Begin the 2022-2023 Honors College application by completing the following form. Information regarding additional application requirements are described below.  


Application Requirements

A. Recommendation Letters: You should request a letter of recommendation from two recommenders who can comment meaningfully on your academic qualifications, your leadership abilities, and your character strengths. These letters should not come from relatives.  Letters should be emailed from the recommender directly to  Recommenders should be asked to include the student's name in the subject line.  Additional information for recommendation letter writers can be found here.  

B. Resume: You should submit a resume of no more than two pages that outlines your academic and extracurricular involvement and achievements during high school.

C. Two Essays: You should respond to each of the following prompts in a separate essay of no more than 700 words.  Your essays will be evaluated based on a combination of content, organization, creativity, and substance. Please do not include your name in the text of your essays.  Essays should be submitted as MS Word or PDF files using the following format for the file names: Last Name_First Name_Picture or Last Name_First Name_Trouble. 

1.     “A picture is worth a thousand words” refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single picture.  If you could submit a selfie from anywhere in the world that would tell us about your beliefs and passion, where would you take this photo?  What insight would this photo provide about you?

2.     In the aftermath of World War II, Dartmouth President John Sloane Dickey proclaimed, “The world’s troubles are your troubles…and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix.” Which of the world’s “troubles” inspires you to act? Analyze the major components and causes surrounding this “trouble” and propose a potential solution.  How might your course of study with the Honors College at MC prepare you to address it? 

Completed Honors College applications, including all of the documents listed above, are due by December 6, 2021Please advise your recommenders of this due date.   

Application documents (excluding recommendation letters) will be submitted electronically via the MC Student Application Portal.  

Recommendation letters should be submitted by your recommenders directly to  Submissions should be in either MS Word or PDF format and include the student’s name in the subject line of the email.  

Interview Process

Upon review of all completed applications, selected applicants will be invited to participate in the Honors College interview process.  Interviews will take place in late January and early February.  While on-campus interviews are preferred, we understand that travel may prevent some students from scheduling a campus visit.  In such cases, an online interview will be scheduled via Zoom in late January or early February. Further, this year once again presents us with the unpredictable nature of the Covid-19 pandemic. On-campus interviews will be held with the safety of incoming students, their families, and the MC community in mind.

Interviews for the Honors College will be conducted on January 27, 2022, January 31, 2022, and February 3, 2022. Applicants to the Honors College will be interviewed in a panel format by Honors College faculty members. For on-campus interviews, a dinner will be held on the evening of your HC interview at 6:30 p.m., and all competing scholars and their accompanying family are invited to attend.

Honors College applicants are strongly encouraged to also compete in the Select Scholars Competition; the two competitions are not mutually exclusive. Students also participating in this competition will have an additional interview with the Admissions Committee on the following day. Please see the Select Scholars Competition page for additional information and requirements.

Additional Questions

If you have any questions or problems with the application process, please contact Dr. Erin Norcross, Director of the Honors College, at 601.925.3936 or email