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Eligibility and Admission

  • To be considered for admission in to the Honors Program, an entering student must have a minimum ACT super score of 26 or an SAT score of 1230-1250 and a minimum high school GPA of 3.50.

  • Current students who are not part of the Honors program and have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.50 are encouraged to apply. 

  • Honors students will be selected from eligible applicants.


  1. Fill out a standard Northwest admission application.

  2. Compose an Honors essay outlining what you have done, what you hope to gain, and why you want to be part of the Honors program and save it as a Word document. 

  3. Submit the essay either as an attachment to, or via snail mail to:

    Dr. Elyssa Ford
    Director of the Honors Program

    Northwest Missouri State University
    Valk 106
    800 University Drive
    Maryville, MO  64468-6001

Requirements For Continuation In Program After Admissions

Honors Students must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA each semester to be considered members in good standing. Grade audits will be performed each semester. If an honors student's cumulative GPA is below 3.5, they will be placed on probation for the next semester. If students on probation finish the following semester with a Northwest cumulative average below a 3.5, they will be placed on provisional status and lose their early registration benefit. Students on provisional status will remain within the Honors Program and retain the ability to participate in Honors Courses and Honors Experiences while working to improve their cumulative GPA. Once a student's cumulative GPA is once again raised to a minimum of 3.5, they will automatically be re-admitted back into the Honors Program as members in good standing. A student on provisional status may not graduate as having completed the Honors Program or receive honors recognition 

Graduation Requirements

  • To graduate with Honors, a student must:

    • complete at least 12 hours of credits in honors courses or in combination with Honors Credit Agreements (HCAs),

    • complete 3 honors experiences with having at least one experience in each category and 

    • maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA. 

  • All Honors courses will be taken in the Northwest Missouri State University's Honors Program

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