About Honors

Thank you for your interest in the Honors Program at Liberty University. Our Honors curriculum is designed to provide highly motivated students of above average ability the opportunity to achieve their highest intellectual and creative potential.

If you are a high school senior with an SAT of 1330 (new) or an ACT of 28 (composite) and have an unweighted GPA of 3.50, or are a college student with a 3.50 GPA with fewer than 60 college credits, you may qualify for an Honors scholarship, which is $4,000 per year. An Honors student who meets the grade point average criteria can amass up to $16,000 worth of scholarships over four years. The Honors Program is for full-time residential students only.



Liberty University Honors Program

Eligibility for High School students:

  • GPA of 3.50 or higher (unweighted)
  • 1330 SAT (critical reading and math) or 28 ACT

Eligibility for Transfer or Liberty students:

  • Fewer than 60 college credits
  • GPA of 3.50 or higher

An early class registration period, a generous Honors or National Merit scholarship, and smaller class size (19:1) for general education Honors seminars are just a few of the benefits enjoyed by our Honors students.

Over 40 Honors seminars are offered across the curriculum: these courses are discussion driven, emphasize higher-level critical thinking skills, and are taught by our senior faculty, over 90% of whom possess a doctorate in their teaching discipline.

Once Honors students reach junior status, they petition one Honors course per semester (3 total) in their desired major field of study: these petitioned courses provide additional academic enrichment enabling the student to complete an Honors project jointly agreed upon by the
professor and the Honors student.

Additionally, the experience of completing a Senior Honors Thesis is especially beneficial for those who, upon graduation, choose to pursue graduate degrees at other institutions of higher learning that request a writing sample as part of their application process. All recent Honors theses are are published electronically on the Digital Commons website.

Apply - Submission Deadline:  March 1

Please peruse the qualifications for entrance into the Liberty University Honors Program. The number of Honors scholarships is limited, so students are encouraged to make application to the program early in the spring semester.

To apply, follow the guidelines listed below:

Review Dates

  • November 1
  • December 1
  • February 1
  • March 1

Dr. Nutter will accept approximately 50 students from each review. Applications will automatically be considered in the next review.


  • Standard Honors: $4,000 annually
  • National Merit Finalist: Full Tuition, Room and Board
  • National Merit Semi-finalist: Full Tuition
  • National Merit Commended: Full Tuition

For more information on National Merit scholarships, please visit our FAQs page.


Honors Program Alumni

Honors Program alumni have been accepted into the nation's (and the world's) leading graduate schools:

  • Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Pennsylvania, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Virginia, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Vanderbilt, NYU, Emory, Georgetown, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, Washington State, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida State, Florida, Syracuse, Pepperdine, Hawaii, Nebraska, Purdue, Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Arkansas, Baylor, and Virginia Tech.

Alex Trebek with Catherine Hardee

Honors Program and Quiz Bowl alumna Catherine Hardee appeared on Jeopardy in
September 2014 and won $97,201 in four episodes.