Prospective Freshman

Applying to the Honors College

The Honors College at George Mason University is a small college within a large research university. Begin your college experience by attending intimate seminar classes with a small cohort of students. Enjoy access to such resources as faculty mentors, Honors academic advising, and extracurricular programming.

Students may apply for the Honors College when they complete their George Mason University online application or through Mason's supplement to the Common Application.

Mason students walking on campus

Honors College students are innovators and change-makers.

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Required Documents: Applicants must submit a supplemental essay. The essay topic can be found in our application, or in Mason's supplement to the Common Application and should be 650 words or less.

Although not required, the Honors College strongly suggests that students provide:

  • At least one letter of recommendation from an academic teacher from a core subject (Math, English, Science, History, etc).
  • A résumé or list of activities if you feel that you have additional information past what you are able to enter in your application.

Submit all supporting documents as part of your Mason online application or the Common Application Do not submit additional copies directly to the Honors College.

Admissions Standards: Honors College applications are reviewed holistically. We take into consideration the following: rigor of your high school coursework, your GPA, class rank, 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.

Applications submitted after the November 1 priority deadline are considered on a space-available basis.

How will I be notified?

Students who apply to the Honors College by the November 1 deadline will be notified along with notification of admission into the university. Students who apply late will be sent decisions on a rolling basis through April 1.