Honors Students

Kansas State University

Do you accept transfer students in your Honors Program/College?


How do transfer students apply to your Honors Program/College?

Transfer students apply to the University Honors Program (UHP) through the K-State application portal. You will be invited to complete a short supplemental application for the Honors Program when you begin the university application.

If you are applying to K-State through the Common App, the same supplemental UHP application will be available in that portal.

Priority deadline for fall start is Dec 1.

How selective is your program when it comes to transfer students?

The UHP offers automatic acceptance of transfer students who (1) are currently enrolled in a collegiate honors program or college and (2) have a GPA of 3.5 or above from their transfer institution. In lieu of the regular application process, students who fit these criteria will be prompted to indicate that they have participated in in Honors and to provide a list of Honors courses, completed or current, which will later assist them in determining what UHP requirements can be completed by way of transfer. Once they have submitted this information and their GPA has been verified, they will receive notification of their acceptance.

Transfer students who are not in a collegiate honors program or college, will likely be admitted if they have a 3.5 GPA at the institution they are transferring from, presuming that they also provide a quality application essay.  Students who do not have a 3.5 from their transfer institution, will not be accepted in the program. In that instance, they can apply to our program again after their first semester at K-State if they earn a 3.5 in that first semester.

If a student is finishing high school when they apply, we will consider them as a high school senior applicant rather than as a transfer applicant, no matter how many dual credits they have completed.

Does your institution offer a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship? If so, how much may transfer students count on? What are the restrictions?

Yes, $500 non-renewable.

Are transfer students eligible for honors-specific scholarships or awards?

The UHP does not offer any specific scholarships.

What are your Honors Program/College completion requirements?

In addition to holding a 3.5+ GPA at the time of graduation, UHP students will be required to complete requirements in four distinct categories:

  • a one-credit Honors First-Year Seminar course
  • four courses eligible for honors credit (12 credit hours)
  • three Co-curricular Experiences (no credit expectations – internships, study or service abroad, undergraduate research experiences, work as a TA or tutor for a course, participate on an academic competition team, or additional honors courses)
  • an honors Project

Do you accept community college honors course credit or experiences toward completion of your Honors Program/College?

Yes – Students may transfer honors courses from another accredited college or university to fulfill some of the Honors Program requirements. At a minimum the following must be completed at K-State:

  • at least two courses or co-curricular experiences
  • the honors project
  • the UHP 189: Honors First-Year Seminar requirement (may be satisfied through the transfer of HON 100 or HON 250 from JCCC)

Want to read more? You can find this policy at the bottom of the KSU Honors Requirements website. If you are planning to transfer honors credit, you must meet with honors to finalize what will be accepted.

Does your Honors Program/College offer a seminar or track specific to transfer students? How do you support transfer students in your program?

Requirements and supports in the program are the same regardless of when you come in. We are always happy to meet with students individually to offer advising to transfer students but we don’t differentiate that in any way currently (the same would be true for students who were not transfers).

When do you recommend applying?

Priority deadline for fall start is Dec 1 – applications will be reviewed after that time.  Students can still apply after the priority deadline but will receive later notification than those who apply by Dec 1.