The Cal State LA Honors College is committed to admitting motivated students who are interested in actively participating in our intellectual, social, and community engagement programs. Selection will be based on a thorough, comprehensive review of application materials, including written essays and letters of recommendation. Finalists may be invited to interview with the Honors College Admissions Committee. New, continuing, and transfer students are eligible for admission to the Honors College.  All applicants must also be admitted to the University for consideration to the Honors College. 


Incoming Freshmen Requirements

Incoming Freshmen applicants have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Transfer Student Requirements

Incoming Junior transfers have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in their college coursework and in all lower-division GE requirements.

Continuing Student Requirements

Continuing sophomores may be eligible for admission to the Honors College provided they have attained a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher in their university and in all lower-division GE requirements.


We are now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year.  

Updated 1/31/2023

  • First-time Freshmen priority consideration is January 31, 2023
  • First-time Transfer and Continuing Cal State LA student priority consideration is February 28, 2023

Important note for all applicants to the Honors College:

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Honors College.


Application Checklist

This checklist will guide you through the application process and can serve as a reminder of all aspects of what we will need from you as an applicant. For a .pdf version of this list please select this link: /sites/default/files/users/u28201/honors_college_application_checklist_2021.pdf

Your Campus Identification Number (CIN)

This is your 9-digit student number that is provided to you on your admissions letter.


Two Options:

  • Submit your transcripts to the Honors College email address at [email protected]. (preferred)
  • Mail them to the Honors College office

Honors College

Cal State LA

5151 State University Dr., King Hall D1045

Los Angeles, CA 90032

Recommender Contact Information

  • Recommender Contact Information
    • The individual (e.g., teacher, professor, counselor, etc.) who will be providing a recommendation for you.  
      • Please note: Your recommender will receive an email to submit a recommendation for you online after you submit your University Honors Application. Recommendations that speak to your promise or potential in your chosen field are preferred. It is suggested that you submit your application at least a week prior to the deadline to give your recommender ample time to submit their recommendation on your behalf.  

Online Application

​The personal statement represents your opportunity to introduce yourself to the  Honors College. Take time to thoughtfully reflect upon what you will write. A personal statement is unique to each individual so while no one “right” essay style exists, you may find these guidelines useful:

  • DO insert your full name and the date in your document header.  
  • DO use 12-point font and one-inch margins and write a maximum of two pages, double spaced (approx. 500 words).
  • DO proofread and edit carefully: avoid distracting your readers with preventable writing mistakes.
  • DO provide specific examples of your points: avoid vague generalities and unsupported assertions.
  • DO exercise critical thinking by providing a carefully considered statement: avoid cliches, quotations from others (we want to hear from you!), and grandiose claims.
  • DO give yourself enough time to submit your best draft by planning time for brainstorming, writing, proofreading, and editing.