Who Can Participate?
What Is It?
The Walk Tall Honors Program provides an opportunity for academically successful undergraduate students to form a supportive community while exploring issues and gaining experiences that will expand their understanding of a variety of academic, artistic, civil, ideological, scientific, social, psychological and cultural topics or issues.
The Walk Tall Honors Program is open to:
- Current CSM undergraduate students with more than 12 credit hours of college level coursework with cumulative GPA greater than 3.50. New applicants to the Walk Tall Honors Program must have at least 4 semesters left before they receive their undergraduate degree at CSM, so that they have an opportunity to graduate as a Walk Tall Honors Program graduate.
- Entering First Year students with a minimum cumulative high school GPA greater than 3.75, SAT score greater than 1100, ACT score greater than 24, or graduation in the top 10% of their high school class. Students must have at least 4 semesters before they receive their undergraduate degree at CSM, so that they have an opportunity to graduate as a Walk Tall Honors Program graduate.
- Transfer undergraduate students new to College of Saint Mary with more than 12 credit hours of college level coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA greater than 3.50. New applicants must have at least 4 semesters before they receive their undergraduate degree at CSM, so that they have an opportunity to graduate as a Walk Tall Honors Program graduate.
Accepted students enroll in Honors 101, a 0-credit hour course which appears on course schedules. The syllabus specifies the Walk Tall Honors Program activities and assignments for the semester. To complete a semester in the program, students attend 3 of 4 scheduled activities, plus the Walk Tall Honors Breakfast, and successfully complete the assignments associated with the activities.
What does it take to complete the program?
To successfully complete the Walk Tall Honors Program and have that completion recognized at graduation, students must complete 4 semesters in the program as an undergraduate.
If a student registers for the semester and then withdraws from Honors 101 during the semester, she may reapply as a new student for the following semester. If a student's cumulative GPA falls to 3.5 or below, she may remain in the Program for one semester. If she does not raise her GPA to over 3.5 in the probationary semester, she will need to withdraw from the Program. If she completes 4 or more semesters in the Walk Tall Honors Program and then her GPA falls to a 3.5 or below, she will not receive a Walk Tall Honors Program certificate or medallion at graduation, though her participation will be noted by the 4 or more HNR 101 0-credit courses on her transcript.
Graduating as a successful Walk Tall Honors Program graduate is different from graduating with academic honors.
Why would I want to participate?
The Walk Tall activities each semester are engaging, interesting and enjoyable experiences. You will have the opportunity to experience, discuss and reflect with a group of honors students, all of whom are bright and interested in learning and scholarship. We believe the activities, together with the “company” of other high achieving students, will be valuable as well as a lot of fun. Students participating in the program will have the opportunity to attend a special breakfast program with President of the College each semester. Successful Program completion is also noted on the official transcript, and portrays students as not only academically successful, but also as individuals who seek challenge and pursue scholarship.
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Students complete a short application, including a 30-minute proctored essay. See the application link below for more information about the essay.
The first step is to complete the online application.