Qualify and Apply
There are two ways to gain admission into the Simon Green Atkins Scholars Society—as a freshman recipient of an institutional merit-based scholarship or as a continuing or transfer student who applies to the program and meets the eligibility criteria.
Incoming freshmen who receive institutional merit-based scholarships are automatically admitted to the Society.
Current and Transfer Students
Current and transfer students may apply for admission to the Society using the S. G. Atkins Scholars Society Application. Students who apply must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and at least 15 earned credit hours at WSSU or prior institution (in the case of transfer students).
Continuance in the Simon Green Atkins Scholars Society
All students must maintain either a 3.3 cumulative GPA, or the GPA specified by their scholarship to remain in the Society. (Any student falling below the minimum GPA will have a one semester to get back in good standing.) Additionally, all students must complete 12 hours of community service each semester and attend all Society Student Organization meetings and other Society activities, unless an excused absence is obtained from the director..
Honors in the Major
Honors courses foster intellectual self-sufficiency, promote self-reflection and emphasize independent thought for "scholars in training." They allow richer exploration of focused topics and emphasize active learning through creative teaching strategies. Honors courses include wide-ranging topics with a focus on integrating topics for holistic learning. As such, they are ideal for the university's academically-gifted students.
The following minimum criteria will need to be met in order to be admitted to the EXS Honors Program during the second semester of a student’s junior year:
- A GPA of 3.25 within the major
- A cumulative GPA of 3.25
- No grade lower than a B in any EXS courses
- Identification of a faculty mentor and a potential research project
- Acceptance by the EXS Honors screening committee, who will evaluate each applicant on academic merit, personal qualities, and professional goals
The honors curriculum will consist of 2 courses, one each semester of the senior year. During semester 1, students will enroll in the proposed course “Directed Honors Research Investigations in EXS.” During their last semester, students will enroll in “Honors Thesis in EXS." In order to graduate with honors, the student must still meet the standards set at admission, as well as successfully completing both courses, and defending their thesis. Please contact the EXS department chair for further details.”