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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 February 15. 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 in person at our office in Driscoll Hall or 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. 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


Read these excerpts from essays written by Honors graduating seniors reflecting on their academic experience and their expectations of college. The positions represented by these excerpts are both valid even though they contradict each other. Please write a 500-word essay that responds to BOTH excerpts. Use one paragraph to analyze the first excerpt’s point of view, a second paragraph to analyze the second excerpt’s point of view, and a third paragraph to express your own point of view.

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.
  • June 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