Admission Requirements

Admission to Honors

Honors students at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) are those students who lead  – they challenge themselves academically, they engage with the larger University community, and they lean forward into industry as they pursue an elite professional education.  As we endeavor to admit our next class of Honors students, we look for candidates who may exhibit one or more of the following:

  • a dedication to a rich academic life
  • exceptional leadership qualities
  • special talents
  • a commitment to community
  • unique life experiences
  • a global perspective
  • intellectual curiosity
  • an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit

Honors students are selected in one of three ways:

  1. By Admissions Application: As we review applicants for admission, some students may emerge as clear Honors candidates based on the materials submitted in their University admissions application. Applicants with an SAT above 1300 or an ACT above 27, and have an unweighted HS GPA above 3.6 are automatically admitted to honors. First-year applicants to Jefferson who meet these criteria are automatically admitted to honors once they submit a completed undergraduate application. These students are notified of their acceptance into honors with their acceptance to the University.
  2. By Invitation: Many students will present application materials that make them a very strong candidate for Honors, but we may need additional information.  These applicants will be invited to submit the necessary materials to be considered for Honors. 
  3. By Honors Application: Any applicant who believes s/he would make a strong candidate for Honors, can apply to the program using the Honors application found at:  Applicants should apply as soon as possible, since the application process is competitive and space in the program is limited. 

Questions about admission to Philadelphia University Honors at Jefferson can be directed to the Office of Admissions at 215-951-2800 or

Academic Guideposts

  • Honors courses must be taken for a grade.
  • In order to earn Honors credit for the course, students must earn at least a B-.
  • Honors students should take one Honors course per semester until they have completed the 6-course academic core.
  • All Honors coursework appears on the transcript.
  • Complete Co-Curricular Activities.

Good Standing

Honors students need to make satisfactory progress towards the Honors requirements to remain in good standing. Specific GPA requirements depending upon your year of entry are available in the Honors Program Office.

Graduation Acknowledgement

Students who complete the Philadelphia University Honors at Jefferson curriculum will receive:

  • The Philadelphia University Honors at Jefferson Certificate
  • The Honors Stole
  • The Honors Medallion
  • Recognition at the Honors Graduation Celebration
  • Recognition at Commencement
  • Honors demarcated and noted on their diploma and transcript


  • Honors Student Association plans activities around town and on campus. Some of these events include:
    • Student Engagement Involvement Fair - HSA table
    • Honors Freshmen Orientation Meeting
    • Garden Party
    • HSA Meetings
    • HSA/Corenerstone Meeting
    • HSA Yoga Classes
    • Fall trip: Linvilla Orchards or Arasapha Farm
    • Fulbright Info Session
    • Holiday Cookie Bake
    • Ice Skating @ Penn's Landing
    • HSA/Study Away & Study Abroad Returning Student Welcome
    • Spring trip (Bus trip to NYC/DC or Great Hostel Give Back)
    • HSA/Nominations for Board
    • Honors Accepted Student Dinners
    • HSA/Elections meeting
    • Northeast Regional Honors Conference
    • Graduation Event
  • Click Here to view HSA Events on the University Events Calendar

Honors Student Association (H.S.A)

Honors Student Association provides Honors students a great opportunity to get involved in Honors and on campus activities starting freshman year. H.S.A. offers leadership opportunities in planning extra- curricular activities on and off campus and a great way to socialize with Honors students and other classmates across all years and majors.

Honors Student Association Executive Board 2017 - 2018
President - Jessica Craciun
Vice President – Brittany Buleza
Secretary & Social Media Chair – Briana Giarraputo
Treasurer – Kym Nguyen