Program Admissions Admission to the Academic Research & Leadership Honors Program is by invitation. Rising juniors and accepted transfer students meeting the following criteria are invited to complete an application process: Evidence of strong academic performance as indicated by college GPA. Demonstration of strong writing skills as evidenced in the application Students meeting these criteria will be invited to complete the application process. Submit the online application, including a 250-word personal statement on why you are interested in the program. Provide the name and contact information of two references. At least one must be academic. Complete a phone or in-person interview.