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Applying as a Transfer Student

Students who are transferring to EKU are eligible to apply for EKU Honors as part of our annual application cycle. Applications will open in early August, and the deadline is always the second Monday of January each year. Please click here for specific information about deadlines for the upcoming application cycle

If you are currently in good standing in another honors program or college and are transferring to EKU, you are eligible to automatically transfer to EKU Honors. Please see the next section (Automatic Transfers) for more information. You do not need to complete an application during the application cycle. Automatic transfers may begin EKU Honors in the fall or spring semester. 

If you are not currently involved in an honors program or college at your institution and are transferring to EKU, you may apply during the upcoming application cycle as a transfer student. Transfer students may only begin in EKU Honors during the fall semester. We do not open applications for the spring semester.

Please note: EKU Honors is only available to students who are attending classes on the Richmond campus of EKU. We do not offer online classes or classes at our regional campuses.

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Automatic Transfers

Honors students transferring to EKU in good standing from another honors program or college are automatically accepted into EKU Honors. If you fit this description, please email with the semester that you plan to begin at EKU and attach a copy of your unofficial collegiate transcript. You should also have your honors program/college director or dean send an email to stating that you are in good standing in your program or college.

All emails regarding automatic transfer must be received by EKU Honors prior to the first day of classes of the semester in which you plan to begin at EKU and begin in honors. Honors transfer credit allowance will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the honors director. Typically students may transfer up to six credits of honors coursework toward their EKU Honors coursework requirements.

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Application Requirements and Process

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.  

You must apply and be accepted to EKU before you begin the EKU Honors application process. Please plan ahead - it will take some time for your EKU application to be processed. You cannot plan to apply to Honors the day after you submit your EKU application. 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 cumulative college GPA. The average cumulative college GPA of current EKU and transfer students is 3.70-3.80.

There are no priority decisions made in the application process. The selection committee will review all applications received by the application deadline equally, regardless of when they were submitted. All decisions will be made at once; there are no rolling decisions. EKU Honors does not accept late applications. Once the application cycle is complete, we will not review late applications or make late decisions, and we do not utilize a wait list for transfer student applications. Decision letters are typically mailed in mid-February.

Are you ready to apply?  Click here to get started!

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Transfer Student Honors Curriculum

Transfer students accepted into EKU Honors complete the Honors Transfer/Current Curriculum (often abbreviated within EKU Honors as the "TRCE" or "trace" curriculum). Transfer students are required to complete 18 hours of Honors coursework as they complete the university's general education and university requirements. Check out the Honors TRCE curriculum information sheet for more information.


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