Eligibility Requirements

The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College is proud to welcome all students, incoming freshmen, current students at SHSU, and incoming transfer students who are all welcome to apply if they fit the below-listed requirements. Admitted students must be full-time SHSU students enrolled in face-to-face courses rather than online courses. 

The requirements for admission to the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College are as follows: 

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Incoming freshmen, if you feel that you are eligible to join, but your standardized test scores fall below the minimum requirements, you are encouraged to apply. SAT and ACT scores are only one of the many requirements considered during the selection process. You may want to include an explanation in the form of a cover letter outlining why you believe that you should be considered a potential candidate. 

For current and transfer students, the freshman or sophomore status requirement means that you must have at least four full semesters to complete at Sam Houston State University. For example, a current or transfer student admitted Fall 2023 must be a full-time student enrolled in face-to-face classes for at least Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Fall 2024, and Spring 2025 semesters. 

If you have any questions at all about your eligibility, please contact us at (936) 294-1477 or honors@shsu.edu.

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The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College

Academic Building IV Suite 202 | Box 2479 | Huntsville, Texas 77341-2479

Phone: (936) 294.1477 | Email: honors@shsu.edu