Admissions FAQ

When will I be notified of my acceptance to the Honors College?

The Honors College will begin notification of admissions in March.

What if I am accepted to the Honors College but my admissions to Cal State LA is rescinded?

Please note, students whose acceptances to Cal State LA are rescinded will also lose their place in the Honors College.

Can I apply to the Honors College even though I am a non-resident student?

Students who apply to the CSU may also apply to the Honors College. See the Eligibility Index for Nonresidents in CSUapply for more details. https://www2.calstate.edu/apply


What do the letters of recommendation entail? Does the Honors College provide a form?

You will be asked for the names and contact information of two recommenders, and the Honors College will contact them with instructions for how to submit their recommendations. 

Who can write a letter of recommendation for me?

Faculty members from your high school, college counselors, volunteer coordinators, and employers can submit a recommendation on your behalf. At least one of the two recommenders should know you from an academic setting (this would include a teacher, counselor, or school administrator)

I already submitted my SAT and/or ACT test to Cal State LA, do I need to submit another one to the Honors College?

Yes. A copy of your official SAT and/or ACT test score is required by the Honors College. Collegeboard cannot send an official copy to the Honors College.

Will it take me longer to graduate if I join the Honors College?

The Honors College is committed to promoting timely graduation. Most Honors College required courses also satisfy University General Education requirements.

What majors qualify to join the Honors College?

All majors. Honors College students have majors in all of the Colleges in the University.

Can I join the Honors College, but not Cal State LA?

No. Applying to the Honors College at Cal State LA requires applying for admission to both the university and the Honors College.

Are Honors College classes harder than non-honors classes?

Honors courses are qualitatively different than non-honors courses--they are not necessarily harder or graded harder. Honors courses do require critical thinking, problem solving skills, and active student participation. We encourage creativity and thinking outside of the box to help our students learn more about the Los Angeles and Cal State LA communities. 

For more information on admission to Cal State LA:

Cal State LA Office of Admissions