AU Honors Program

Admission to Program

The Honors Program is a cohort-based program. Freshman enrollment in the program is competitive and by invitation. Students apply their senior year of high school by participating in Academic Honors Day at Anderson University, held each November. The applicant’s file is reviewed by the Faculty Selection Committee and includes the applicant’s transcript, SAT or ACT scores, and an interview at Academic Honors Day. Successful applicants have achieved combined SAT math and critical reading scores of 1200 (or equivalent ACT scores) and GPAs of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.


The Anderson University Honors Program provides an intellectually enriched learning community for highly motivated students. While the Honors Program is not a formal major or minor, students enrolled in the program must complete a series of Scholars courses.

These include:

  • Scholars core course seminars
  • Scholars Thesis: research and independent study

Upon graduation, honors scholars will have completed 23 credits within the curriculum of the Honors Program. Seventeen of these credits are applicable to the university’s Liberal Arts Program curriculum.