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Honors Admission for High School Students

Incoming freshmen may apply to the Honors College if they have a 3.5 unweighted, cumulative high-school GPA, show strong performance on ACT or SAT examinations, complete an application essay, and provide a clear record of extra-curricular experiences, activities, and achievements.

How to Apply

Students who applied to Boise State using Apply Idaho will need to submit their Honors College application materials through our Apply Idaho Honors Application Form.

All other incoming students must apply to the Honors College through the Admissions application portal.  Students who have already started or submitted the application for admission to Boise State can apply to the Honors College by logging back into their admissions application with the username and password they created. We send our Honors admission decisions electronically, so students that opt out of receiving messages to their personal email must watch their Boise State email for notifications.

Our application cycle runs from September 1 – May 1. All applications received by the 15th of each month will receive a decision by the 15th of the following month.

Required Application Materials

Honors College applications will only be considered complete once a student has uploaded both a resume and an essay to the Honors College Application section of their Admissions application.


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

  • December 15 – Early Action & Out-of-State Scholarship Deadline
    Apply to Boise State and the Honors College by December 15th to receive early admission to the Honors College.  Honors applications will take approximately three weeks to process. Out-of-state students should apply by December 15 to be eligible for other Boise State scholarships.
  • February 15 – Financial Aid Priority Date
    Applications received after February 16th will be considered for admission to the Honors College but will not be eligible for scholarship consideration.
  • May 1 – Final 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 – Final deadline for spring Honors admission