Application for Current Shippensburg Students

The Wood Honors College at Shippensburg University engages talented and motivated students inside and outside the classroom. The Honors College involves undergraduate students from every major and class level. Through innovative Honors classes and enriching co-curricular experiences—including research, study abroad, leadership, and service opportunities—the Honors College prepares students to achieve their academic and professional goals.

Current first-year and sophomore Shippensburg students with a minimum 3.25 QPA are eligible to apply for admission to the Wood Honors College. To apply, please complete and submit the following application. The application deadline for spring semester admission is January 5, and the application deadline for fall semester admission is May 1. Students admitted to the College will consult with the Honors staff before the semester begins to revise their class schedules to include Honors courses.

Please note that the Wood Honors College application includes two brief essay questions (500 and 250 words, respectively; topics can be found in the application below). We encourage you to complete your essays before you begin the application. You may cut and paste your essays into the application form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Wood Honors College at or 717-477-1604.

Note: All correspondence regarding your application will be sent to this email address.

Note: Your undergraduate transcript will be evaluated as part of the application review process.

Part Two:  Two Essay Questions

Answer both of the following questions in well-organized essays.

1. Select one of the following quotes, and write an essay that discusses the quote in relation to an important issue in the world today. In your essay, you may incorporate your personal experience and thoughts about how the quote relates to your educational or professional future. (Up to 500 words)

  1. “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” Malala Yousafzai, Youngest Nobel Prize Laureate and Pakistani activist
  2. “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” Maya Angelou, Poet
  3. “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, I would not hesitate to prefer the latter.” Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States
  4. “During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants the opportunity to explore—in part because it’s fun to do. But there’s a far nobler reason. The day our knowledge of the cosmos ceases to expand, we risk regressing to the childish view that the universe figuratively and literally revolves around us.” Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist

2. After carefully reviewing the Honors website (, discuss what specifically interests you about The Wood Honors College. In what ways would membership in the Honors College help you achieve your personal, academic, and/or professional goals? (Up to 250 words)

Part Three: Reference

Please provide the name and email address of a Shippensburg University professor who can serve as a reference for you.