Honors Program

Honors Program Admission Requirements

Admission into the Honors Program is selective and attempts to build a community that has the characteristics of a selective admission college or university within the larger population of Shawnee State.

The following sections explain how to gain admission into the program:

Admission as a Freshman

Incoming freshmen students who have applied for or have accepted admission at SSU may be offered admission in the Honors Program under the following criteria:

  • Evidence of significant scholarly achievement in high school (GPA of 3.5 or higher);
  • Or a score of at least a 26 (composite) on the ACT or combined 1,220 on the SAT;
  • Complete a one-page essay answering the following questions: 1) Why do you want to be a part of the SSU Honors Program;and 2) What do you hope to gain from the experience? (Required)
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be from teachers, coaches, school counselor, youth leaders, employers) (Optional)

For consideration, submit materials by March 1.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer students may qualify for admission into the Honors Program with a minimum GPA of 3.3 at another institution of higher education.

Transfer students who have taken relevant Honors courses at other institutions may request that up to 9 hours of appropriate classes be applied to the Honors Program at the discretion of the Program Director. At least 9 hours of Honors coursework must be completed at Shawnee State.

Admission Requirements for Current Students

Any Shawnee State student with a minimum GPA of 3.3 may be admitted into the Honors Program.

How to Apply to Honors Program

You can apply to the honors program online by first logging into MySSU, using the username and password provided by the university. Your username is your student ID number and your default password is your full 4 digit year of birth + 2 digit month + 2 digit day, without any spacing in between.

Once you are logged in, visit the following link to access the application page: https://myssu.shawnee.edu/ICS/Academics/SSU_Honors_Program_Application.jnz

Honors Program

Contact Information

Mich Yonah Nyawalo,
Director, Honors Program 

Department of English & Humanities
Massie 422

Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

(740) 351-3480 

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