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Honors Admission for Continuing Boise State Students

Students that have completed one or more semesters at Boise State may apply to the Honors College if they have completed a minimum of 15 college credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. They must complete an application essay and provide a clear record of extra-curricular experiences, activities, and achievements.

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How to Apply

Current Boise State students wishing to apply to the Honors College for the fall semester should submit a resume and essay to the Honors College by May 1; however, to be considered for Honors scholarships, they must submit their applications by March 1. Students wishing to apply for the spring semester should apply by December 15. Our application cycle runs from September 1 – May 1, and all applications received by the 15th of each month will receive a decision by the 15th of the following month. Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and your Boise State ID number on each page of your essay and resume.

You can submit your application by emailing

Required Application Materials


With as much detail as possible (there is no page limit), please produce a resume detailing your co-curricular activities and achievements over the last four years. Be sure to include length of your involvement in each activity (dates or number of hours served), explanations of duties, and leadership roles if applicable. Include the following heading on the resume (choose the one appropriate to your status) along with the four sections outlined in the bullet points below:

  • Extracurricular Activities and Leadership Positions (e.g.,Debate Club, Student Council Officer, Athletics, etc.)
  • Community or Volunteer Service (e.g., Special Olympics volunteer, Candy Striper, Habitat for Humanity, etc.)
  • Awards and Special Honors (e.g., National Honor Society, Boy’s or Girl’s State Representatives, etc.)
  • Employment or Internships (e.g., store clerk, summer camp counselor, daycare assistant, etc.)
  • View an example resume


Prompt: Through your resume, we will learn about your successes and achievements. For this essay, however, please tell us a story about a time you struggled. Limit your essay to 400 words and include the word count at the bottom of the page.

Scholarship Information

All applicants who are admitted into the Honors College are automatically considered for Honors Scholarships. These scholarships are merit based and will be awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability, civic engagement, and extracurricular activity. There is no separate scholarship application.

Scholarships administered by Boise State or other organizations will have other application processes and may have other deadlines.

Important Dates

  • February 15 – Financial Aid Priority Date
    Applications received after February 16th will be considered for fall admission to the Honors College but will not be eligible for scholarship consideration.
  • May 1 – Deadline for fall Honors admission
    Applications received after June 1st will not be eligible for the fall semester but will be considered for the following spring semester.
  • December 15 – Deadline for spring Honors admission