Honors Program

Applying to Honors

Drury’s Honors Program is highly competitive. Each year no more than 20 students are accepted. These students are chosen based on their academic accomplishments and the quality of their applications.

High-School Seniors and Incoming Freshmen

High-school seniors and incoming freshmen may apply if they meet the following requirements:  

  • 3.50 high school GPA
  • ACT score of 27 (SAT 1190) or higher

Eligible students who are interested should fill out the online application form. Applications must be received by August 1. The applications will be reviewed by the honors director and members of the honors council; together they will decide which students they wish to interview. Interviews are scheduled throughout the school year, but for incoming freshmen who submit an application by August 1 they are held no later than the first week of classes.

Faculty Nomination

Each October, the honors director asks Core 101 professors to nominate freshmen who exhibit the qualities valued in the program, which include writing ability and intellectual curiosity. Drury faculty members, however, may nominate freshmen or sophomores at any time.

The honors director and members of the honors council get in touch with these nominees to schedule interviews, after which some nominees are invited to join the program.

Transfer Students and Students Currently Attending Drury

Any college student currently attending Drury (or with plans to transfer to Drury) with a 3.5 GPA or better may apply to the honors program.  To do so, write a statement of at least 300 words about what Drury’s honors program would mean to you. If you took part in an honors program at another school, discuss this in your written statement.

Also, have a professor write a recommendation that addresses your writing ability and level of intellectual curiosity. Finally, include the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of two other faculty members who can act as references.

Send your written statement and list of references to Richard Schur at rschur@drury.edu. To ensure confidentiality, the recommendation from a professor should be sent in a sealed envelope to Richard Schur (Drury University, 900 N. Benton Avenue, 65802).

Transfer Students from OTC

Transfer students who have successfully completed OTC’s honors program (with an associate’s degree) and who are admitted to Drury’s program (after applying as described in the previous section) receive honors credit for their honors coursework at OTC.