1700 Honors College

Suite 200, Centennial Hall
100 Auburn Avenue


Larry Berman, Founding Dean

Sarah L. Cook, Associate Dean

Jeffrey Portnoy, Associate Dean, Perimeter College


The Honors College was established in 2011 and evolved from the College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program which began in 1975. A major goal of the College is to enhance the quality of undergraduate education and create transformational learning experiences. The Honors College serves eligible students studying across all GSU colleges with undergraduate programs of study including the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, College of Arts and Science, College of Education and Human Development, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Lewis School of Nursing, Perimeter College, and School of Public Health.

The Honors College provides the advantages of a small, highly-selective college with the breadth of programs and opportunities of a large research university. The College is open to incoming freshmen, transfer students, and currently enrolled students who meet eligibility requirements. Honors students take small, seminar-based classes and develop mentored relationships with outstanding faculty members. Honors sections of a number of regular courses, many of which meet core curriculum requirements (Areas A – E), are offered throughout the academic year. In addition, students in the Honors College can enroll in upper division courses, special interdisciplinary courses, and research and write an honors thesis. Students in the college may earn honors recognitions that are noted on their diplomas and transcripts, and pursue additional opportunities such as internships and study abroad experiences to enrich the quality of their education. Honors students may also take advantage of dedicated facilities, a dedicated librarian, priority registration, merit scholarships, graduate and professional school advising, national fellowship and scholarship advising, special travel and study abroad opportunities, and specialized housing in the Honors Living Learning Community in the University Commons.


Admission to the Honors College is competitive and limited to the top 5-8% of the bachelor degree-seeking fall freshmen class. Entering freshmen should have an outstanding high school grade-point average combined with excellent SAT or ACT scores and a record of meaningful community service, leadership, and extra-curricular activity. High school students who are jointly enrolled will also be considered.

Currently enrolled and Perimeter College transition students must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 based on a minimum of 12 credit hours completed at Georgia State University to be considered for admission to the Honors College. Transfer students must have 30 hours completed. All applicants are required to obtain a recommendation from a faculty member or staff who can speak to the applicant’s academic performance. Applicants who have completed more than 60 hours will be required to provide additional information and may be required to interview with the dean or associate dean.  The application cycle is as follows:

Applications for spring semester will open in mid-December with the release of fall semester grades, and will close on February 1. Applications for fall semester will open in early May with the release of spring semester grades, and will close on July 1. Applications to the Honors College by students from other institutions will also be evaluated during these application periods. Students who do not meet these academic requirements in full but wish to pursue honors work should contact the Honors College staff.

See corresponding section XXXX for more information.