By Jasmine Lozoya
Promotions Team Member
Like many universities, Texas State is proud to provide students with a superior academic experience. With different academic groups, organizations and living and learning experiences, the Honors College is a standout in the ability to supply students with additional educational courses, research opportunities, scholarships, fellowship possibilities and community engagement.
Located at Lampasas Hall, Honors College delivers a safe collegiate space for students of all diverse backgrounds and majors. The building is full of tables to study at, games to play with friends, instructors that can provide extra support and even a secret hammock space to relax after a big exam.
Their motto is “Open. Engaged. Impactful.” and that is what sets them apart from most living and learning experiences here on campus. The atmosphere is very accepting, aimed at pushing students to become their best selves. They host many activities and even an academic course fair in order to create an engaged community within themselves. Lastly, all the positive efforts put into Honors College allow for an impact on every student. The environment is incredible and that changes many students’ scholarly experience.
Due to the college’s competitive and academic-focused nature, you will have to apply and hold certain criteria to be considered. For incoming freshmen, you must meet or exceed the following: top 10% of high school graduating class, ACT composite score of 27. SAT score of 1270 (math + verbal), and or an AP Capstone. If you are a current Texas State student or a transfer student, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.25.
The application process consists of logging into the Honors College portal which can be located on their website, submitting your resume, and writing an essay out of the three questions provided for you: a research interest, personal story, or topic of your choice. Applications are open year-round, and you only have to apply once to be set for life. However, if you are a freshman, you must be admitted by March 1 to request preregistration for the Fall term. Transfer students can receive pre-registration benefits after one semester. Lastly, current TXST students must be admitted by September 1 or February 1 of each term.
Don’t let all that scare you away from the opportunity of a lifetime. They offer over 200 additional courses that you can hand-select to your interests and likes, many of which can be applied to your basic coursework on your degree audit. Also, students can minor in Honor studies or even have a specialized focus on their Capstone research program. If that’s not enough, as I mentioned above you also get pre-registration benefits that allow you to register for your classes before your allotted classification group (freshmen, sophomores, etc.) which is just another little bonus.
I highly encourage you all to submit your application and sign up for their weekly newsletters. The Honors College is an extremely active and engaging college; they have activities for you to do, a way for you to meet new people, and different opportunities for you to test out your creative and intellectual side almost every week. This program is an amazing opportunity provided by Texas State and gives you one more outstanding mark to add to your resume.
Feel free to explore their website to access details about the full range of courses they provide and any supplementary information.
Website Link: Texas State Honors College Catalog
For the latest updates on the events they’re organizing, make sure to follow them on their social media channels.
Instagram and Twitter: @txsthonors
Written by: Danielle De Lucia