Admissions/Applications FAQ

Our admissions and application policies and procedures generate the most frequently asked questions.  If you have questions during the admission and application process, please check here to see if your question has already been answered.  Simply click on a question to be directed to its answer.  If you don't see the answer to your question, please email us at ekuhonors@eku.edu.


What is EKU Honors?
EKU Honors is designed to give students a small, liberal arts experience with the perks of a larger institution.  Our classes are small, usually capped at 20 students, and typically team-taught with two professors, giving you an interdisciplinary look at a wide variety of topics.  Honors classes replace general education requirements, so students of all majors can be members of EKU Honors without worrying about delaying their progress toward their degree.  With a total of just under 500 students in EKU Honors, you will enjoy a close-knit community of students, faculty, and staff.

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Are there scholarships reserved for Honors students?
EKU Honors students are eligible for the Honors Presidential scholarship, which is worth $1750 per semester for eight semesters.  EKU does not stack tuition scholarships, so students receiving an EKU tuition scholarship of a higher value are not eligible for the Honors Presidential scholarship.  For more information about EKU tuition scholarships, please visit http://scholarships.eku.edu/

All EKU Honors students, regardless of tuition scholarship, receive the Honors Books-on-Loan Award.  This award allows students to receive books for all of their courses from the EKU Bookstore for eight semesters.  Students order and receive their books at the beginning of the semester and return their books at the end of the semester.  If you want to keep any books, you pay a reduced rate to the bookstore.

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What are the perks of being in EKU Honors?
Being in EKU Honors comes with several perks, including:

  • The Honors Books-on-Loan Award, which allows students to receive books for all of the courses from the EKU Bookstore for eight semesters
  • The Honors Presidential Scholarship ($1750/semester for eight semesters) for those students who don’t already qualify for a higher EKU tuition scholarship.  For more information on EKU tuition scholarships, please visit http://scholarships.eku.edu/
  • Priority registration for classes
  • Option to live in the Honors Living Learning Community in Burnam Hall

And many more!

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Will being in EKU Honors help me in the long run?  Will it matter if I’m thinking about going on to graduate or professional school?
We think – and our Honors alumni agree – that being a member of EKU Honors gives you valuable skills and experiences that will stay with you long after your time at EKU.  In recent research on Honors Scholars ten years after their EKU graduation, 75% of those alumni we were able to track down had gone on to earn an advanced degree.  Many of those who had not earned an advanced degree are in fields where such degrees aren’t necessary.  Almost half of our Spring 2015 graduates were accepted into and planning to attend graduate or professional school in Fall 2015, with several others planning on furthering their education at some point in the future.

Graduating as an Honors Scholar includes an Honors Scholar designation on your official transcript, which will be visible to all employers and graduate/professional schools.  In addition, many students find their Honors Thesis project to be a great topic of conversation at interviews.

Hear from our alumni themselves by visiting the Honors Alumni Spotlight Archive.

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How hard is it to get into EKU Honors as an incoming freshman?
We have a competitive application process that occurs each year.  We typically receive anywhere between 200 and 300 applications, and we strive to build a class of 110-120 incoming freshmen each year. 

Admission to EKU Honors is a competitive process.  Students with a strong academic background who show the potential for excellence in college coursework are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must submit an online application, which includes a résumé, an essay, and a letter of recommendation by the application deadline, which is by 5:00 pm EST on the second Monday of January each year. Each application is holistically reviewed by a team of Honors faculty and staff, who take into consideration each part of the application, as well as unweighted high school GPA and ACT scores.  The Fall 2016 incoming freshman class had an average unweighted high school GPA of 3.88 and an average ACT of 29.1.

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Can I visit EKU Honors?  How do I plan a visit?
Of course!  We would love to meet you, talk with you more in-depth about EKU Honors, answer any questions you may have, and give you a tour of our facilities.  Please visit http://honors.eku.edu/visit to get started.

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When is the application deadline?
Applications close at 5:00 pm EST on the second Monday of January each year.  All parts of your application must be received by EKU Honors by the deadline.

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I haven’t been accepted to EKU yet, and the deadline is soon.  What should I do?
You must be accepted to EKU before you can apply to EKU Honors.  It is your responsibility to plan ahead to ensure that you allow EKU enough time to process your application and send you your EKU ID number before the EKU Honors deadline.  Please remember that EKU closes in late December each year for a period of 7-10 business days, and applications are not processed during this time.

If you are waiting on your official acceptance from EKU, you are welcome to work on the parts of the Honors application (résumé and essay) and save them to upload to your application.  You may also request your letter of recommendation at this time; however, your recommender will not be able to submit your letter without your EKU ID number.

If you have not been officially accepted or received your EKU ID number by December 30, please email ekuhonors@eku.edu with your situation.  We will do our best to work with you as long as you contact us prior to the application deadline.

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I don’t know my EKU email address.  How do I apply?
You will need to log into EKU Direct using your EKU ID number.  There are instructions for how to access EKU Direct, including what your initial PIN number is, at the top of the EKU Direct page.  Please visit http://it.eku.edu/support/mymail-students for information on obtaining your EKU email address.

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Did you get my application?  What about my recommendation letter?
Once you submit your application, you will automatically receive an email to the email address you entered – which must be your EKU email address.  You will also receive an email once your recommendation letter has been submitted.  Please check for these emails before you contact our office asking if we’ve received your application or recommendation.

Please note that only applicants may contact EKU Honors to ask about the status of their application or recommendation.  Parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, and others who inquire about an application will be asked to have the student in question contact our office.

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Who can write my recommendation letter?
Your application letter should be written by someone who can speak to the qualities that we are seeking in a potential EKU Honors student.  Recommenders are asked to describe your aptitude, motivation, work ethic, creativity, and capacity for independent thought.  We typically receive recommendation letters from high school teachers or guidance counselors.

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How many recommendation letters should I have?
EKU Honors will only accept and review one recommendation letter per applicant.  If multiple letters are submitted, we will only review the first letter submitted.

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How does my recommender submit their letter?
When you apply, you will enter your recommender’s name and email address.  As soon as you submit your application, an email will be sent to your recommender with instructions on how to submit the recommendation letter.  For this reason, it’s very important that you enter your recommender’s name and email address correctly.  It’s also important that you don’t wait until the last minute to submit your application so that your recommender has time to submit their letter before the deadline.

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I can’t submit my application, or my recommender can’t submit their letter.  What’s wrong?
The application and recommendation forms close at 5:00 pm EST on the day of the application deadline.  Nothing can be submitted after that time.

If you receive an error message when trying to submit your application before the deadline, please email ekuhonors@eku.edu with a screenshot of the error you receive.  We will do our best to help resolve the issue.

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I missed the application deadline!  Do you accept late applications?
We do not accept late applications.  Applications, including all materials, must be submitted by the application deadline.

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When will I find out if I’ve been accepted?
We typically send out decisions in mid-February.  We will send a letter via USPS to the address that you enter on your application.  We will send a letter to each applicant, regardless of the decision.  We will not release application decisions via phone or email.  We’ll post to social media when we send our letters out, and if you’ve not received notification from EKU Honors by March 1, please email ekuhonors@eku.edu.

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Do you have a wait list or rolling admissions?
We review all applications at one time after the application deadline, and we make our admission decisions at one time.  All students who apply to EKU Honors, regardless of when they apply, will receive a decision letter at the same time (typically mid-February).  We do not have a wait list for applications or for students who were not accepted.

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I’m a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist.  I heard I’m automatically accepted.  Do I need to do anything?
Congratulations on your accomplishments!  We do accept National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists, but you do have to let us know you’re interested in joining EKU Honors.  Please see http://honors.eku.edu/NMFSF to complete the acceptance process as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist.  You must complete this process by the application deadline (the second Monday of January each year).  National Merit Finalists or Semi-Finalists who do not inform EKU Honors of their interest by completing the acceptance process by the application deadline are not accepted into the program.

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I’ve been accepted – what’s next?
Congratulations!  Please be sure to follow the instructions in your acceptance letter.  You must confirm your acceptance via email to reserve your place in the program.  Students who do not respond by the May 1 deadline will lose their place in EKU Honors.

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I got an acceptance letter, but I haven’t heard anything from Honors since then.  What’s going on?
In order to reserve your place in EKU Honors, you must respond with the information included in your acceptance letter by May 1.  We will confirm all responses with an email from our office.  We will also send reminder emails to those students who have not responded to our acceptance letter periodically up until May 1.  These emails will be sent to your EKU email address.  If you have not heard anything from us, please make sure you are checking your EKU email, and double-check your application confirmation email to ensure you entered your email address correctly.

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Why wasn’t I accepted?
Our applicant pool continues to grow and become more competitive each year, and we are limited in the number of incoming freshmen we can accept each year.  We have a holistic application process that includes the review of each student’s résumé, essay, and letter of recommendation by the selection committee, and no one thing necessarily propels a student to the top of the list, nor does any one thing necessarily leave a student out of EKU Honors.

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I’m transferring to EKU, and I’m a member of the honors program or college at my current institution.  Can I automatically transfer into EKU Honors?
Yes – we would love to have you in EKU Honors!  Please visit http://honors.eku.edu/transfer-students#2 for information on how to automatically transfer into EKU Honors.

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I’m transferring to EKU, and I’m a member of Phi Theta Kappa.  Does that mean that I can automatically transfer into EKU Honors?
Automatic transfers are reserved only for those students who are members of an honors program or college at their current institution.  While we commend you for your academic achievements and selection to Phi Theta Kappa, this does not qualify you for automatic transfer.  However, you are welcome to apply as a transfer student during our next application cycle.  

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I applied for EKU Honors as a freshman and wasn’t accepted.  Can I apply again as a current EKU student?
Absolutely!  Just apply as a current EKU student during our next application cycle.

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I’m a current EKU student, and I never knew EKU Honors existed when I first came to EKU.  Can I join Honors as a current student?
Of course!  Just apply as a current EKU student during our next application cycle.

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I got an email from “HonorSociety.org” inviting me to join.  Is this EKU Honors?
The website “HonorSociety.org” is not associated with EKU Honors.  Joining HonorSociety.org and paying the $50 fee does not make you a member of EKU Honors.  You must go through our application process.

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