Students are selected for their ability and potential to help expand the scholarly community at Southwest. The two categories of admission are entering students and continuing students. An entering student is a recent (or soon-to-graduate) high school senior with a 3.0 GPA or a composite score of 21 or better on the ACT. High school valedictorians and salutatorians are automatically eligible for Honors participation. A continuing student must have completed all academic developmental courses and have at least a 3.0 GPA with 12 college-level credits. To remain eligible for the Honors advantage, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Eligible students interested in the opportunities the Honors Academy provides are encouraged to apply early. Early course selection offers the widest choice, assuring students they can take advantage of the entire Honors experience.
Selection to the Honors Academy is based on academic ability, creativity, and intellectual promise. Students may obtain an application at either of the Honors Academy offices, or e-mail the Honors Director, Associate Director, or Administrative Assistant. The complete application requires two letters of recommendation, from high school teachers, college professors, or community leaders. Letters of recommendation should be addressed to the Director and sent to the Union Avenue Campus, or e-mail letters may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.