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Admission Criteria

High school students entering WCU

Students must be accepted to WCU to prior to acceptance to Brinson Honors College. Admission to Brinson Honors College is very selective. Students must meet at least one of the following criteria for consideration. The more of the criteria the student meets, the more likely he/she is to be accepted.

  • High School weighted GPA of 4.2 minimum
  • High School unweighted GPA of 3.8 minimum
  • High School class rank in the top 10%
  • ACT score of 30 minimum or SAT score of 1370 minimum

Note: Students entering WCU as new incoming first-year students will not be considered for admission to Brinson Honors College if their high school unweighted GPA is below 3.5, regardless of test scores or class rank.

Brinson Honors College generally sends out notices of acceptance about two weeks after an Office of Admissions notification date. Students are screened at admission. There is no need for a student to do a Brinson Honors College application. Students are notified through the mail.

Students already enrolled at WCU

Students already enrolled at WCU who have earned at least 15 hours of WCU credit and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above are welcome to apply for Honors admission. The deadline to apply for admission in the fall semester is July 31st, and the deadline to apply for admission in the spring semester is January 5th. To apply please complete the Brinson Honors College Online Application for Current WCU Students.

Students transferring to WCU

Transfer students must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA (on at least 15 credit hours) at their most recent, previous institution. Transfer students must apply to Brinson Honors College to be considered. To apply please complete the Brinson Honors College Online Application for Transfer Students.

Transfer students from Honors Programs at select NCCC's may transfer to Brinson Honors College with up to twelve hours of honors credits. Contact the Brinson Honors College office or consult with your Honors advisor to ensure your credits transfer.

Transfer students from another four-year NCHC institution where the student was an Honors student in good standing in that institution's Brinson Honors College or Honors Program, and who have been accepted to Brinson Honors College at WCU, are eligible to apply for up to 12 hours of Honors credit from their previous institution to count toward the 27-hour requirement for the Honors Degree. A list of NCHC member institutions can be found on the NCHC website. Transfer students who would like to bring in honors credits from their previous institution should contact their Honors advisor to start the review process and to ensure that the transfer is properly acknowledged and credited.

Please contact the Brinson Honors College office at 828.227.7383 for more information.

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