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Admission Requirements and Process

Students become members of the Duquesne University Honors College by following one of the pathways described below:

By Invitation

If you are a prospective Duquesne student who meets the academic requirements of the Honors College, you will be recommended by the Office of Admissions and will automatically receive an invitation to join.

The “criteria” for invitation to the Honors College is fluid, based on SAT or ACT scores, high school GPA, and other admissions data.  Students must also demonstrate a commitment to our humanities curriculum when accepting the invitation to join the University Honors College.

We begin sending out invitations in early December and continue on a rolling basis throughout the spring.

We require a response to our invitation by May 1 of the year you plan to enter Duquesne University. After May 1 we cannot guarantee a place for a student who does not respond by the deadline.

By Application

If you do not received an invitation to join but would still be interested in joining, please submit the Honors College Admissions Application.

This form should be mailed to the office of the Honors College.

Along with the form, required supporting documentation includes:

  • One letter of recommendation (from an academic advisor or a faculty member)
  • A statement of intent, in the form of an essay OR personal interview with the University Honors College Director
  • Official High School transcript

We will review your complete application and contact you with a decision within a reasonable period of time.


If you are not initially invited or accepted into the Honors College, you may reapply following the completion of your first semester at Duquesne. Dead line for current Duquesne students is the add/drop week of the spring semester.

Success Through Both Paths

There is no distinction made between students who join the Honors College by invitation or by application. Experience has shown that both groups contribute to the vitality of our intellectual and creative community. Our goal is to encourage participation from all students who have the ability and desire to expand the promise of their college education.

Costs and Credits

Honors College students pay the same tuition as other students in their schools or programs.

Many AP credits can count toward your Honors College Core classes or toward your other course requirements. Your academic advisor will help you determine where your AP credits fit. Read the Policy on Advanced Placement and Advanced Standing Credits.

Financial Aid

Because of solid academic histories, our students often receive significant financial support from the University or other funding sources. In addition, the Honors College offers an Integrated Honors Program Scholarship for outstanding students with junior status. Current students also have the resources of the Office of National Fellowships at their disposal.