What If I Want to Transfer In?

As a student worker in the Honors office, I get a lot of questions from students who want to transfer into the Honors program. So, hopefully, I can answer some of those questions here!

The short answer to “Can a student from wider DePaul transfer into the Honors program?” is yes–as long as that student is a first-year. With the core courses for Honors, it’s difficult for upperclassmen to transfer over and still fulfill all the necessary credits.

If you are a freshman and you do want to apply for Honors, there are a few steps you have to take.

Before applying you should consider meeting with your advisor to talk about your goals and expectations and what role Honors will play in you achieving those. Every major is different and there will be unique considerations for each student when it comes to transferring. It is also worth reaching out to the Honors faculty to express your interest in the program and get more information about applying.

Applications are reviewed at the end of each quarter, but the sooner you submit one the better. The first thing you need to do in the application process is to take a foreign language placement test in the language you learned in high school. The majority of Honors students are required to take at least one year of intermediate to advanced language courses, so this placement test will determine where you should start. If you didn’t take a language course in high school or if you want to learn a new language, you will take two years of courses (one of which will count as open elective credit). This test can be found under “Modern Language Link” in D2L.

As part of the application, you will also need to write a one-page reflective statement on why you want to participate in the Honors program and why you think you would be a good fit. Applications can be competitive, so use this as your moment to stand out!

Honors is a great way to expand your horizons academically and socially, and we’re always glad to welcome eager students with a desire to learn.

For more information, visit the official DePaul website.

If you want to apply, email honorsprogram@depaul.edu

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