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Presidential Honors Program

Admission Criteria

Beginning freshmen are considered based on:

  • class rank (generally top 10 percent)
  • ACT/SAT (generally a minimum ACT of 27 and new SAT of 1260)
  • participation in high school Honors, AP, or Gifted Talented classes
  • quality of essays
  • extracurricular activities
  • service to school and community
  • letters of recommendation
  • on-campus interview (finalists only)

Entering freshman classes usually have an average SAT score of around 1260, an average ACT of around 27, and an average high school class rank in the top ten percent. On a space available basis, returning students and transfer students with up to a maximum of one year of college credit may also be considered


Presidential Honors Scholars must maintain at least a 3.4 cumulative Tarleton GPA. They must complete a minimum of 15 hours of solid academic courses every semester. Presidential Honors Scholars enroll in Honors sections of core courses, a one-hour Freshman Honors Seminar, two special three-hour Honors Seminars in the spring semester of the sophomore and junior years, and an independent research project during their senior year. Presidential Honors Scholars are also expected to provide leadership and service to the University and the community.


Fifty Presidential Honors Scholars receive an annual scholarship of $7,000, renewable for up to four years of undergraduate work. Premier Dick Smith Scholars who participate in the Presidential Honors Program receive an annual scholarship of $9,000. In addition, students who are admitted to Tarleton by January 15 and have completed a scholarship application by February 15 will be considered for a $1,000 President's Texan Scholarship.