Honors Program - Program Overview


Admission Standards

  • To qualify for the McAllaster Scholars program, students must have a composite ACT score of 27+, a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, and be in the top ten percent of their graduating class.  If students are not in the top ten percent of their graduating class, they must have a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
  • Students can apply to be a McAllaster Scholar online beginning October 15. To apply, students must first be accepted by GC and then complete and submit a McAllaster Scholars application.
  • Students are admitted to the program on a rolling basis. Typically, students will hear a decision on their application to the program within one week.
  • The program is limited to thirty students per year.


Program Requirements

To graduate as a McAllaster Scholar, students must:
  • Complete 21 hours of honors coursework. A variety of honors courses are offered each semester and during Interterm. All honors courses meet general education requirements. Typically, McAllaster Scholars will take much of their honors course-load during their first two years as they move toward more major-focused work during the Junior and Senior year. Read more about the McAllaster Scholars curriculum here.
  • Write a Departmental Honors Project during the Senior year. The Departmental Honors Project is a capstone research experience within a major discipline. Students will select a research topic and assemble a faculty committee who will guide them in their research and writing. When completed, the project is presented and defended before the Departmental Honors Project committee. Read more about the Departmental Honors project here.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.


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John Brittingham 
Director, McAllaster Scholars

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