Honors Program FAQs

I missed the February 15th "priority application" deadline. Is it still worth applying?

Yes. Applications will continue to be considered until the class is filled. Even when the class is filled we will consider applicants for our waiting list, so please apply.

What standards are used to decide who is accepted?

The Honors Committee considers prior academic success, your extracurricular activities, and the honors essay that you submit. There is no single definition of an honors student, so if you are interested, please tell us why you think we should consider you.

How do I apply to the Honors Program?

To apply to the program, you must:

  1. Apply to SNHU
  2. Indicate your interest in the Honors Program, either by ticking the box on the application form, or by responding to an invitation to apply, or just by sending the Office of Admission a letter letting us know you want to be considered.
  3.  Submit the Honors Program Application, including a one-to-two page, double spaced Honors essay which answers the following question:
    What do you enjoy learning, and why?
  4. [for the finalists] participate in a phone interview

How soon will I get a response?

That depends. A few students may be accepted quickly, but most will have to wait at least many weeks (or a few months) to hear back from us, and others longer to get a definite response. We will not create a formal waiting list until May, so if you have not heard back from us before that you may be informally wait listed.

Who are our current students?

The class of 2009 (the students who started in 2005) had an average SAT score (verbal and math) of 1220 and an average high school GPA of 3.72 (the comparable middle 50% figures for the student body as a whole were 900-1060 and 3.0). Our current group of Honors students as a whole had an incoming SAT combined of 1150 and GPA of 3.55 out of 4. The majors of the freshmen include advertising, convention and event management, culinary arts, education and psychology. A maximum of 15 freshmen are accepted into the program each year.
    Recent Honors students have produced a documentary film on rock climbing (as her senior thesis), been awarded a full scholarship to Hofstra Law School, completed a historical novel set in 1770s New England, and founded the SNHU debating society. Another is currently the Student Government president-elect.

Why study honors?

Students go to University for all sorts of reasons. Some want to get away from their parents and grow up, some are most interested in training for a career, and some others just drift on from high school. An Honors program is not intended for any of those students.
Rather, an Honors program is for those students who want to make the most out of the learning opportunities offered by a university environment. These able students see college as a time of exploration of the whole person—the life of the mind as well their social and personal lives. Our mission statement describes our goal: The Southern New Hampshire University Honors Program offers especially motivated students a challenging curriculum which fosters independent thinking in the company of like-minded individuals. Guided by faculty mentors, participants strive for academic excellence.

Is the SNHU Honors program like taking Honors courses in high school?

No, it’s not. High school honors level courses are essentially the same as the “advanced” or “college-prep” level class in a discipline, but a bit more challenging. At SNHU a standard class is capped at 30 students. Most Honors sections are capped at 15, and so are frequently taught as seminars even when the content is introductory. To exaggerate slightly, the Honors program creates a distinct college within the university, rather than just a group of harder-than-normal classes that some students take. We seek to create a different experience, not just different classes.

What should I do next?

To apply, see above where the essay topic is described. Send your essay to the Office of Admission at SNHU to be considered for admission to the Honors Program. If you have further questions please email Honors Director Andrew Martino at A.Martino@SNHU.edu.  If possible, include the word “honors” on the subject line of your message. New questions and answers may be added as your ideas come in.