Acceptance into Honors College is based on your intellectual curiosity and potential, on your passion for reading, writing and thinking across the disciplines, and on past achievement.

How to Apply to the Honors College

To apply, first-year students should complete the Honors portion of Adelphi’s application or the Common Application. Students are welcome to upload evidence of their best academic writing.

Sarah Joy Gallardo and another honors student talking at a table in the UC

Join our vibrant community of curious and engaged students.

Our Admissions Committee bases acceptance into the Honors College on a wide range of criteria. It looks specifically for candidates who have demonstrated intellectual curiosity and high achievement in high school.

While no single factor is decisive, the initial screening criteria include:

  • Class Rank (when available)
  • Cumulative GPA (incoming class average is 4.05 on a 4.3 scale)
  • Standardized test scores are OPTIONAL for Honors College applicants
    • In 2019, the last year all students submitted scores the SAT average was 1388
    • In 2019, the last year all students submitted scores the ACT average was 31
  • Letters of Recommendation (from your teachers)


After a holistic review of the application, the Honors College will invite a promising applicant to an interview on Zoom. This interview gives applicants a chance to learn more about the Honors College and offers them the opportunity to share their own intellectual achievements and passions. The interview is a key factor in the final admissions and scholarship decision. In the interest of fairness all interviews will take place virtually and none will be conducted on campus.

After the interview, students will receive a letter notifying them of acceptance or rejection.

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