First-Year Student Application Form
Priority Deadline: March 1
Program Purpose
This program looks carefully at each applicant and seeks individuals with a wide breadth of strengths.
An Honors Scholar is a curious and involved critical thinker dedicated to developing themselves
personally and professionally so that they may have a greater impact on the world. We offer
opportunities for you to engage in volunteerism, research and presentation/publication, study
abroad, fundraising, social and cultural engagement, and so much more. While our students are
bright and academically gifted, our program requirements go well beyond academics. As such, test
scores and GPA are not the only consideration when selecting new admits to the program.
Program Admission Guidelines
Generally, most applicants are able to demonstrate ONE of the following benchmarks:
a composite score of 28 or higher on the ACT or 1300 on the SAT (M+V) OR
graduation in the top 5% of high school class
However, ALL applicants who demonstrate considerable academic promise, drive, and commitment
will be considered for admission, and many applicants who meet or exceed these benchmarks may
not be admitted.
All students admitted to the Honors Scholar Program receive scholarship support from TWU, its
Foundation, and/or its partners. Thus, it is important to provide full and thoughtful responses in the
sections below since scholarship decisions will also be based in part on your application.
I. Personal Information
Last, First & Middle Name: Student ID:
Address, City, State, Zip:
Email Address: DOB:
Home Phone: Cell Phone:
Current High School: Intended Major:
Please select the semester in which you wish to enter the program:
Spring 2020
II. Academic and Extracurricular
A. List your most significant academic, extracurricular, or athletic distinctions or accomplishments.
Below, under “Area” please indicate academic, extracurricular, or athletic.
Type of Achievement, Award, or Position Held
B. List all college credits you have earned or will have earned by the time you would start the honors
program at TWU.
Type of Credit (Dual, AP, IB)
If your credits exceed the table above, please attach an additional breakdown of the remaining
courses and credits you anticipate completing. Preference is given to applicants who will have NO
MORE than 24 hours of credit toward the core curriculum requirements and NO MORE than 36 hours
of college credit overall at the time of enrollment. Students who exceed these guidelines by the time
of matriculation may have their offer of admission rescinded.
III. Your Interests and Experiences
A. Discuss a pursuit or interest of yours that you are passionate about, not related to your major or
career goals. What motivates you to pursue that interest? (75-100 words)
B. How interested are you in doing the following in college or sometime during your lifetime?
Use the following scale: 5 = Definitely! 4 = Very possible. 3 = Never considered it. 2 = Probably not. 1 = No way!
Trying new or exotic foods
Visiting museums
Attending plays or musicals
Learning to play an instrument
Traveling or study abroad
Learning a new language
Starting a business
Humanitarian or mission work
Working with animals
Mentoring younger students
Becoming active in politics
Mountain climbing
Playing intramural sports
Working for a nonprofit
Becoming a good cook
Becoming a leader in an organization
Pursuing an internship
Reading a non-fiction book for pleasure
Inventing something useful
Taking a college course just for fun
Which of the above MOST interests you and why? [75 words maximum]
Which of the above LEAST interests you and why? [50 words maximum]
IV. Essay
In a well-reasoned essay (approximately 250-500 words) that includes concrete examples, discuss the
one statement about education from those listed below that you most closely agree with and why.
Feel free to draw upon your own experiences to make your points, but do be specific and detailed.
A. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Aristotle
B. “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Mark Twain
C. A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.” Helen Keller
Please attach your essay separately when submitting your application. PDF and Word formats only.
V. References
Please provide the information requested below for two teachers/coaches/mentors familiar with
your abilities who may be contacted on your behalf.
Reference #1
Position & School:
Address, City, State, Zip:
Email: Phone:
Reference #2
Position & School:
Address, City, State, Zip:
Email: Phone:
Complete this application fully and return either by email (honors@twu.edu) or by mail to the
Office of Honors Programs at P.O. Box 425678, Denton, TX 76204.