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All interested students must complete the Weber Honors College application by the posted deadline.

 


Yes, you can apply to the Weber Honors College even if you haven't yet been admitted to SDSU. We encourage all interested students to apply to the Weber Honors College EARLY, and before the January 15 priority consideration deadline.

 


Fall 2017 Priority Consideration Deadline: January 15, 2017

Given the competitive nature of the application process, we strongly urge all interested students to apply to the Weber Honors College by 11:59pm on January 15. Applicants will be notified of their Weber Honors College admission decision in mid-February.

 

Each year, the Weber Honors College awards approximately 10 scholarships to incoming Honors freshmen.  To apply for these scholarships you must first complete your application to the Weber Honors College by the January 15 deadline.   After you submit your Weber Honors College application, you will receive an email with a link to the Weber Honors College Scholarship Application.  You must complete the Weber Honors College Scholarship Application by 11:59pm on January 23, 2017 in order to be considered for these scholarships. 

 

Fall 2017 Final Deadline: March 30, 2017

After January 15, applications will be accepted and evaluated on a space-available basis until 11:59pm on March 30. A limited number of applications received after January 15 will be admitted into the Weber Honors College. Applicants will be notified of their Weber Honors College admission decision in mid-April.

 


Each year, we receive approximately 1,600 applications.


Each year, approximately 300 freshmen enter the college.


Each year, approximately 100 sophomores and juniors (including transfers) enter the college.


Typically, the average SAT (math + verbal) is approximately 1305, the average ACT is approximately 29, and the average high school weighted GPA is approximately 4.14.


Typically, the average cumulative GPA of continuing SDSU and transfer applicants is 3.75.


The most populated majors in the Weber Honors College are Business, Biology, Kinesiology, and Psychology.


There are 80 different majors represented in the college student body, including Engineering and Nursing.

The Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies is the unique Honors curriculum that you will take while you are at SDSU. It is made up of 16 total units. Three of these units count towards General Education requirements. All the Honors classes are interactive and discussion based, and enrollment is capped at 25. Depending on when they are admitted, students can complete the curriculum in two, three, or four years (students typically enroll in at least one Honors class per academic year).

The Honors Minor includes a unique offering of courses dedicated to interdisciplinary inquiry. The minor provides the ideal avenue for students to become intellectually well rounded. The integrative nature of the coursework invites students to reach beyond the boundaries of their academic major and join in scholarly conversation with students and faculty from disciplines other than their own.

Yes, all Honors students are required to complete a credit-bearing study abroad experience. You may choose from short-term study tours, summer abroad programs, or semester-long and year-long exchanges. The university offers a number of affordable study abroad options and Honors students are eligible to compete for study abroad scholarships.

Typically, students take one Honors class each academic year.

First time freshmen and transfer students in the Honors College are required to take HONOR 100 (1 credit) and HONOR 113 (3 credits) in the first Fall semester they participate in the Weber Honors College.

No, honors classes are not categorically defined by more work or harder assignments. Quality rather than quantity separates Honors courses from non-Honors courses. Honors classes do not offer merely more of the same material as their non-Honors counterparts; instead they show greater breadth and integration, and are discussion-based. Honors students often do better in their honors courses than in their non-honors courses, partly because of the quality of the instruction, partly because of the personalized mentoring students receive from professors, but mainly because of the power that comes from putting curious, engaged, and motivated students together.

No, the Honors Minor will not prevent you from declaring other majors and minors. You can declare up to three majors and two minors at SDSU. Courses taken for the Honors Minor may not be counted toward the major or another minor requirement, but may be used to satisfy preparation for the major and General Education requirements. 77% of Honors students graduate in four years or less, many with double majors and double minors.

Many of our incoming Honors freshmen arrive with college credit earned through AP tests, concurrent enrollment credit, or an IB experience. These credits may count toward some of your General Education requirements; however, these credits cannot be used toward completion of the Weber Honors College requirements. Honors classes are not interchangeable with any course work done in high school, therefore AP, IB, or community college credits do not waive any of the Honors requirements. Once admitted to the university, look over your Unofficial Transcript in WebPortal (this will be updated in the summer before you register for Fall classes) and see what classes are fulfilled by your AP credits. AP credits are also discussed in the General Catalog. If you have further questions, please contact the Office of Advising and Evaluation in Student Services West-1551, (619) 594-6668, or visit the Office of Advising and Evaluations.

Yes, all freshmen Honors students must live in the Honors Residential College located in Zura Hall. Students who enter the Weber Honors College as sophomores, juniors, or transfer students are not required to live in Zura Hall. 

 

Beginning Fall 2017, all out-of-area Weber Honors College freshmen are required to live on campus for two years as part of the SDSU Sophomore Success Program.  To learn more about the SDSU Sophomore Success program, click here.  Local area Weber Honors College freshmen are not required to live on campus their second year but those who want to can opt to live in the sophmore Honors living-learning community (located within an independent apartment style residence hall) on a space available basis. 

You can change your major once you start the Fall semester. Advisors are available for each individual major and are listed at http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/advising/directory/index.html These advisors will answer questions regarding prerequisites, major classes, career opportunities and graduate studies in your major field.

In order to graduate from the Weber Honors College, Honors students must complete the Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies, study abroad, complete an approved high impact practice (HIP), achieve a cumulative 3.2 GPA at the time of applying for graduation, and participate in Honors sponsored meetings and events.

Absolutely! The Weber Honors College values both diversity and engagement. Our College is intentionally organized in a way that invites students to participate fully in the variety of opportunities offered within the campus and local community.



Alumni Spotlight

Gagandeep Singh, 2010 Honors Graduate

Gagandeep Singh
 
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Honors at San Diego State challenged me to interpret my identity through multiple lenses, including civic and corporate citizenship. Through my experience with the college, I developed a set of core values built on humility and social responsibility, and the ability to make a difference. I know my experiences in Honors were critical to my success getting a job in Mergers and Acquisitions Integration with eBay, Inc.

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