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Application Instructions

 The priority deadline for high school seniors is December 1.

The Mahurin Honors College Application for Admission includes several components. Each are listed below with specific information and tips to complete the application. If you are ready to begin your online application, please click here.

General Instructions

  • Inactivity Timeout. The online application will timeout after 10 minutes of inactivity. Take time to review the application components on our website before starting the application.
  • Saving Your Work. While working on the application, you may save your work and return to the application later by clicking the Save and Continue button in any of the seven components and logging-out. When you log-in, select the application that is In Progress to continue your work.
  • Submitting the Application. Do not click Submit until you are ready to submit the application. Once you have clicked Submit, your application may not be changed online. Any necessary changes to your application must be made in writing to the Mahurin Honors College at, or Mahurin Honors College at WKU, Attn: Honors Admissions, 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, KY, 42101.

Validation of Academic Information

This application displays a portion of the academic information that you completed for the general application to WKU. The Mahurin Honors College Admission Committee will review additional academic information (such as ACT/SAT, class rank, etc.) accessed through your general application to WKU and transcripts previously submitted to the Office of Admission.

  • Validate the information displayed by clicking Save and Continue.
  • If any information displayed is incorrect, contact the WKU Office of Admission at 270-745-2551 before submitting the application.

Activities Summary

The Mahurin Honors College seeks applicants with a variety of interests and experiences, evaluating applicants in five areas: Extracurricular Activities, Volunteer Services, Honors and Awards, International Experiences, and Work Experience.

  • Summarize your activities, experiences, and awards. Maximum of 10 responses per component.
  • Limit your responses to activities and awards completed within the past four years. If you were involved in more than 10 activities, list only those you feel are the most relevant and significant experiences.
  • If you choose not to list any activities, simply return to the main menu. These five components are not required. You may complete as many or as few as you choose.
  • Each completed component requires a start and end date. If you do not know the day, list the first or last day of the month.

Short Answer

Answer the following short answer questions (2,500 characters max, including spaces and punctuation for each answer).

  1. “A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order."  -  Jean-Luc Godard

     Share a piece of your life story that leaves us wanting more.

  2. If your name were an acronym, what would it stand for? What does it say about you?


Discuss two (2) of the following essay topics succinctly but with enough detail for the selection committee to fully evaluate your writing ability (4,000 characters max, including spaces and punctuation for each essay). It is recommended that you write and edit your essays in a word processor and paste them into the appropriate text boxes due to the inactivity timeout.

  1. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

    I took the one less traveled by,

    And that has made all the difference."

    -  "The Road Not Taken," Robert Frost

    When have you taken the road less traveled by and what difference did it make?


  2. Give us a glimpse into your hometown. How has this place shaped your identity?


  3. What is a challenge that our society is facing today that you have a solution for? Explain your solution. The majority of your essay should focus on your ideas for solving the issue.


  4. ...and then you open your eyes to find yourself face-to-face with...

    Where are you? How did you wind up here? What happens next?


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 Last Modified 7/18/17