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Eligibility and Requirements

Are you an incoming transfer student interested in joining the Honors College?


Do you meet the eligibility requirements?


Automatic Admission Eligibility

Were you in the Honors College or Honors Program at your previous university?

If you were in the Honors College at Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, or Houston Community College AND have a transfer GPA of 3.75 or above, please submit the ONLINE APPLICATION and an official college transcript. Omit the two letters of recommendation, essay, and resume.

If you were on the Dean's List or Chancellor's List at Blinn College AND have a transfer GPA of 3.75 or above, please submit the ONLINE APPLICATION and an official college transcript. Omit the two letters of recommendation, essay, and resume.

Accepted Transfer Honors Students

Have you been accepted to the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College? Welcome to Honors!


Remember that you can transfer up to 12 Honors credits completed at your previous college. To transfer your Honors credits, please send an unofficial college transcript to HONORS@SHSU.EDU, include your name and Sam ID, and list the Honors credits you completed. All Honors credits seeking to be transferred must be approved by Honors College Dean, Kimberly Bell. 

Interested in how you can graduate with Honors? View our HONORS GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS.

Scholarship Opportunities

Bearkat Transfer Scholarship

The Bearkat Transfer scholarship is automatically awarded by the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office on a first-come, first-serve basis. No application is required other than applying for admission to Sam Houston State University!  LEARN MORE HERE


The Scholarship Team in the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office coordinates and administers Sam Houston State University scholarship programs for all student classification levels.  SHSU utilizes a streamlined application, Scholarships4Kats.  This application dramatically simplifies the process for students by importing key information from their student data record and allowing them to be automatically considered for all relevant scholarships. LEARN MORE HERE

McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to provide talented low-income/ first generation and ethnic minority undergraduate students with effective preparation for doctoral study. The McNair program at Sam Houston State University encourages graduate studies by providing opportunities for undergraduates to define their goals, engage in research, and develop the skills and faculty mentor relationships that are critical to success at the doctoral level. LEARN MORE HERE


Part of the benefits of being in the Honors College are the special events during the semester. These events range from fun, relationship building dinner and outings to serving the community as a whole. View HONORS COLLEGE EVENTS.

Please view our Honors Transfer Student exclusive events below!

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Transfer Student Ice Cream Social

The Honors College Transfer Student Ice Cream Social is an event open to all Honors students who were accepted to SHSU as transfer students. The purpose of this event is to encourage the growth and unity of the Honors transfer community by providing Honors specific information that students may have missed during their transition to SHSU. Students can expect to hear about Honors College Requirements, Honors Student Ambassador Program, Honors Student Advisory Council, the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and more.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

2PM - 3PM

Peabody Library

Sam Houston State University

Registration for this event is FREE and available HERE.*

*Important Notice: After submitting your registration, please ensure that you receive an Order Notification email, this email serves as confirmation that your RSVP came through successfully. If you don't receive an email, your registration did not go through. For questions, please contact the Honors Office at 936-294-1477 or via email at