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Apply to the Honors Program

Applications for Cohort 16, beginning in Fall 2021, are now open and due by February 1st, 2021. If you have any questions about your application, feel free to contact us at or Application decisions will be emailed out by the end of March.

Apply Online (First Year Students)

What Makes a Strong Honors Candidate?

Students often ask how they might stand out as a strong candidate for the program. Our program is not just for students who have taken multiple AP or Honors courses and/or have a high GPA. We look for students who are curious, creative, and persevering. We want to know what makes applicants and our students unique!

A few qualities that help applicants stand out:

  • Desire to improve and grow
  • Passionate about something important to them (activism, sport, volunteering, crafting, painting, music, etc.)
  • Interest in being active in the Honors community
  • Abilitity to recognize mistakes and think about ways to better address them in the future