Below are details along with minimum qualifications for high school students and YSU/transfer students who would like to become members of the Sokolov Honors College at Youngstown State University.

As a member of the Sokolov Honors College, students must complete:

  • 24 credit hours of honors-level courses by the time of graduation.
  • 60 hours of community service annually.
  • Campus engagement requirements.

These requirements are outlined in detail in acceptance letters, during orientation sessions, in the student handbook, and in the Intro to Honors seminar that all freshman honors students must take.

High School Students

We are now accepting applications Fall 2024 entrance.*

Minimum qualifications for membership and possible scholarships include:

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.5.
  • ACT score of at least 26, or an SAT score of at least 1240.

For the 2024-25 academic year, YSU applicants without a college entrance exam and a 3.5 or greater overall high school GPA are also encouraged to apply.

You must first apply to YSU as a first-time freshman before completing the Sokolov Honors College application. Questions may be directed to

First-Time Freshman Application

Please consult the video below for instructions and tips on filing out the honors application.

CCP in Honors Students

Currently taking CCP classes? CCP students who have a 3.5 overall high school GPA and either a 26 or higher ACT composite score or SAT combined score of 1240 are eligible to participate in the College Credit Plus in Honors program. 

Check out additional details about our CCP in Honors program here

Current YSU Students

If you have already graduated high school and are a current full-time YSU student, you can apply for admission into the Sokolov Honors College if you have:

  • At least 12 credit hours of college-level study.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least a 3.4. 

The application for current YSU students will reopen at the end of Spring 2024 for Fall 2024 acceptance.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must have:

  • At least 15 hours of college-level study accepted for credit at YSU.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.4.

Applications for transfer students are open for Fall 2024.


*Please note that acceptance to the Sokolov Honors College is pending receipt of your official transcripts and/or test scores, along with acceptance into YSU. Once official documentation is received and you are officially accepted to YSU, any applicable scholarships will be applied to your account.  

Official transcripts must be sent from your school directly to the Office of Admissions either by mail or electronically through a third party secured server company (e.g. Parchment, eScrip Safe/Credentials Inc, or National Student Clearinghouse, etc). National secondary school exam results must be sent from the testing agency to the Admissions Office. Opened or emailed transcripts and exams results are not considered official. 

If applying with a standardized test score, official ACT or SAT must be sent directly from the testing agency to Youngstown State University. 


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