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The application process for entering college students

Admission Requirements

Freshmen entering LSU are eligible to apply to the Ogden Honors College if they meet the following recommended admission criteria:

  • Academic high school GPA: 3.50 (weighted by LSU)
  • Recommended ACT: 30 Composite with 30 English
  • Recommended SAT: 1390 Total with 700 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
  • Completed SAT or ACT essay

Ogden Honors College admission is very competitive. Selection for incoming first-year students is based on high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores, and the writing test of the ACT or SAT. The writing sample is weighed on an even scale with GPA and standardized exam scores, so special consideration should be given to this component of the application. The strength of courses taken in high school will be considered and is factored into the calculation of the high school GPA by the Office of Enrollment Management.

How to Apply

Students interested in becoming members of the Ogden Honors College should first apply for admission to LSU. A portion of the application for LSU admission serves as the application for Honors College admission; there is no separate application process. New freshmen students must be admitted to LSU before their admission to the Honors College will be considered. Honors College admission consideration is separate from that of LSU admission and for entering freshman scholarships.

Students who have already completed the Application for Undergraduate Admission, but did not indicate the option for Honors College admission consideration, may amend their application by contacting our office at .

Admissions Timeline

The deadline to apply and be considered for the Ogden Honors College is November 15. Applications will be reviewed after LSU admission decisions begin releasing, as early as October 1.  Students will be notified of their Honors College admission status beginning in November and on a rolling basis thereafter.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply by the November 15 deadline. Any applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.


Any student who wishes to appeal an admission decision may do so by letter, addressed to the Dean of the Ogden Honors College, Dr. Jonathan Earle. Appeals may be submitted only by the applicant and must clearly state the applicant's reasons for appealing the original admission decision. The appeal should include significant information that was not included in the original application. All appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants may expect a response within 3 weeks of the date we receive the appeal. Appeals must be received by June 1.

Send your written request and supporting materials to:
LSU Ogden Honors College
Attn: Admissions
101 French House
Baton Rouge, LA 70803