Honors ProgramHonors Program Application

New students are automatically invited to join the Honors Program if awarded a Presidential Scholarship or Transfer Presidential Scholarship, or if they enter Point Park with a 3.5 QPA and 1250 SAT or 25 ACT score. Other students interested in joining the Honors Program should complete the application below and prepare an essay as directed at the bottom of the form.

Please write a brief statement – about 200-250 words – as to why you want to join the Honors Program.  We can accept an MS Word document or a PDF file. Be sure to include your name and email address on your statement.  Naming convention for your file should be:


All applicants must also write an essay in response to one of the quotes below. This essay is an indication the applicant is willing to make the commitment to the program, and provides the program director and faculty members of the Honors Advisory Council an introduction to the student.

Choose one of the following quotes and write a 300-500 word essay. You may write a reflection on the quote and how you agree or disagree based on your life experiences and/or the experiences of people you admire. Or you may write about how one of these quotes will help influence or guide your planned path through college and the career you may pursue.

  1. "When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stone-cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it would split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before together." — Jacob A. Riis, journalist
  2. "We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well — for we will not fight to save what we do not love." — Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist, biologist and historian of science
  3. "It is highly significant, and indeed almost a rule, that moral courage has its source in such identification through one's own sensitivity with suffering of one's fellow human beings." — Rollo May, American existential psychologist
  4. "Patience is a key element of success." — Bill Gates, retired entrepreneur
  5. "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, I would not hesitate to prefer the latter." — Thomas Jefferson, president of the United States
  6. "The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities." — Sydney Smith, English writer

    We can accept an MS Word document or a PDF file.

    Be sure to include your name and email address on your essay.
    Naming convention for your file should be: