shutterstock_119491876  What is the Honors College?

It may be best to conceptualize the Honors College as a small, selective liberal arts college at the heart a major national research university.

As a member of a close community of 1300 scholars, Honors students have access to all of the resources a university with approximately 33,000 students representing 150 countries, 6,500 faculty, 5 campuses, 5 libraries, a tier 1 law school, and a prime location near the US capital and major world city, Washington, DC, can offer and more.

Once here Honors students participate in a four year curriculum that not only fulfills their general education requirements through a variety of interesting multidisciplinary courses that range from discovering the wonder of Chinese art to examining the constitutive components of the European Renaissance to exploring the intricate origins of life, students are able to complete those university requirements in a faster period of time with opportunities for further advanced study within the Honors curriculum as they matriculate.

A strong curriculum rife with opportunities for research and experiential learning prepare Honors graduates exceptionally well for success after Mason. Recent alum have pursued a variety of paths upon graduating including attending top graduate and professional schools, employment with major private sector professional firms, and working with key government agencies to name a few.

Put simply, George Mason’s Honors College offers an exceptional education with outstanding access to key regional, national and international resources necessary to help prepare our students to achieve their dreams.

Additional benefits of the Honors College include:

  • Students can access engaging discussion based classes with 25 students or less taught by senior faculty like our Robinson professors
  • Each student receives individualized, one to one academic advising from an Honors College faculty member and has priority registration for course selection
  • Guidance in pursuing postgraduate fellowship and scholarship opportunities


How do I Apply?

To be considered for admission to the Honors College curriculum and/or the University Scholars Program, you must submit your freshman online Mason application no later than November 1. Within the online Mason application, you will have the option of indicating your interest in one or both programs by checking a box.

Required Documents

You must submit a supplemental essay as prompted within the application.  Essay topic can be found in the online application, and should be 750 words or shutterstock world imagefewer.

Optional Supplements

In addition to the required essay, we strongly recommend that applicants submit the following:

  • At least one letter of recommendation from an academic, core area teacher.
  • Resume or list of activities.

*Please note: if you are already submitting these documents as a part of your online application to Mason, you do not have to submit additional copies to the Honors College.  Applications are reviewed within the same online system.

Admissions Standards

All applicants are reviewed holistically, taking into consideration the following: rigor of your high school coursework, your GPA, your class rank, your test scores (if submitted), your response to the required supplemental essay, your demonstration of commitment to community service and leadership and any other information provided in your application.

Admissions to the Honors College curriculum and University Scholars program is competitive and the standards may vary from year to year, varying with the applicant pool.  There is not minimum GPA or test score required.

Late applications (submitted after the November 1 priority deadline) are typically considered, but on a space-available basis.

Admissions Notifications

If accepted to the Honors College and/or the University Scholars, you will be notified via mail. This mailed notification will be sent separately from your admissions decision to the university. If you applied by the November 1 deadline, you can expect to receive the Honors College notification no later than mid-late January, and the University Scholars notification no later than early February. Only students invited to the program will receive notification. If you apply late, those decisions are sent on a rolling basis through April 1.

 Admissions Appeals

The Honors College accepts appeals from denied students, on a space-available basis. To appeal your decision, please carefully read and complete the Honors College Appeals Form. Note that all required documents must be submitted no later than April 1, 2015. Appeals completed after April 1, 2015 will not be considered.