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General Honors Program

Our General Honors Program

College is all about challenging yourself and pushing your boundaries to achieve academic success. For those students who want to make the most of their years at St. Andrews University, we offer our General Honors Program. This program presents unique challenges and enhanced educational opportunities to advanced students who have proven a high level of academic achievement. Students in our honors program are also eligible to receive supplemental financial aid. Our honors students truly go above and beyond the standard requirements of a university, striving to deepen their education and achieve academic excellence. Do you like a challenge? Have you excelled during your high school career? If so, you’ll likely make an excellent addition to the St. Andrews family. Consider joining our General Honors Program.

Requirements for Acceptance

An invitation to join the honors program is offered to those students who are determined eligible. There is no application. To be eligible, students must have a minimum SAT score of 1150 (post-March 2016) or a minimum ACT score of 24, as well as a weighted high school GPA of 3.4 or higher. Students meeting these requirements will undergo an interview process where they must demonstrate their desire to go beyond the basic expectations of the classroom environment. You can reach out to our program director Tanner Capps for more information by calling 910-277-2943 or emailing

Financial Assistance

Students admitted into the program receive a special scholarship that is renewable for every year that they remain in the program. The scholarship will be reviewed each academic year by the director of the program and reissued if the student continues to meet the academic requirements. Scholarship amounts may vary depending on high school achievements in academics and extracurriculars, as well as the student’s performance in the honors program.

What Our Honors Students Gain

At St. Andrews, we’ve designed our honors program to help students rediscover the world around them. The goal of the program is to create a community where students think with an academic mind and are encouraged and pushed to reach their full potential. The diversity of material and texts used to teach our students helps students expand their minds and open them to unforeseen possibilities. Our faculty encourages students to participate in classroom discussions, giving everyone a deeper understanding of the thoughts and perceptions of others. There is less emphasis on professor-led lectures and more on opening a dialogue between students. We want students to fully engage with their academic journey, creating an environment where they can freely express their ideas.