Admission Criteria

Incoming first year students

High school students who are accepted to Western Michigan University will receive an automatic invitation to join the Lee Honors College if they have an ACT composite score of at least 26 or a composite score of at least 1170 on the old SAT, or a 1240 on the redesigned SAT (math + critical reading), and a high school cumulative GPA of 3.60 or better. Students will receive a letter of invitation from the honors college a few weeks after their admission to Western has been finalized. Students meeting these criteria do not need to apply for admission to the honors college.

Students who do not meet the automatic invitation criteria may apply for admission to the college by completing an application.

If you believe you meet the automatic invitation criteria and have not received an invitation, please send an email to ashleigh.watson@wmich.edu to inquire about your eligibility. Please include your full name, high school name, GPA and intended major.

Current WMU students

At the end of each fall and spring semester, current WMU students who meet certain criteria are invited to join the honors college community. Students who have maintained a 3.50 cumulative GPA or better for two consecutive semesters will receive an invitation to join the honors college. Students should also plan to be enrolled at WMU for at least three more semesters before graduation to join. All WMU students who qualify will receive an email with instructions on how to accept the invitation. Optional information sessions are offered each semester for students wishing to learn more about the honors college before making a decision. If you believe you qualify and have not received an invitation, please send an email to ashleigh.watson@wmich.edu to inquire about your eligibility. Please include your full name and WIN.

Incoming transfer students

All incoming transfer students new to WMU with a GPA of 3.50 or better will automatically be invited to join the honors college. Students who do not meet the automatic invitation criteria may apply for admission to the college by completing an application.

All students

Following admission to the Lee Honors College, all students are required to consult with an honors college academic advisor to establish an appropriate course of study leading to graduation from WMU and the honors college.

Lee Honors College program fee

Membership in the Lee Honors College requires an honors college program fee of $100 per semester each fall and spring. The fee is used to enhance your academic experience at WMU by enabling the honors college to offer small-enrollment honors courses, attract the highest-quality instructors, and provide exceptional opportunities for honors activities outside of the classroom. Contact ashleigh.watson@wmich.edu for more information.