Application Process

If the prospect of reading great books with a group of highly motivated peers under the guidance of a dedicated mentor appeals to you, we invite you to apply. Applicants will be evaluated on their academic merit, thirst for higher learning, and potential contribution to their cohort. The application process is as follows:

Apply to George Fox

Applications can be found at A completed application for admission to George Fox includes a personal statement, an official high school transcript, one letter of recommendation, and official SAT or ACT scores. Students who complete their application by Nov. 1 are eligible for the Wiliam Penn Honors Fellowship.  

Apply to the Honors Program

Complete your application to the William Penn Honors Program by submitting the online application by one of the following appliction due dates:

  • Early Application Deadline – Nov. 1 (Combined Interview and William Penn Honors Fellowship) 
  • Priority Application Deadline - Jan. 15 (Interview Only)
  • Regular Decision Application Deadline – Feb. 15 (Interview Only) 
    Students who apply after Feb. 15 will be considered at the discretion of the program director and only if space is available.  To find out if there is still room in the program, email

Writing sample: In order to help us gauge your writing style and whether or not you would be a good fit for the program, there are three essay questions included in the application. Please provide 300-400 word essays that answer the following questions. You may have someone proofread your essays, but we ask that you do all of the writing yourself.

  1. How have you been changed through your interaction with a work of art, piece of music or literature, or concept of math or science?
  2. St. Augustine once said, “Our character is usually judged not from what we know, but from what we love.” What is someone or something that you love and describe how that person or thing informs who you are?
  3. Tell us why you want to be a part of the William Penn Honors Program.

Honors Program Application

Combined Interview and William Penn Honors Fellowship (scholarship)

Selected applicants who apply by the Early Application Deadline (Nov. 1) will be invited to interview for the William Penn Honors Program AND to participate in the Penn Program Fellows Day.  The on-campus Penn Program Fellows Day incorporates the interview and provides an opportunity to earn the William Penn Honors Fellowship.  Coming to campus on this day is the best way to maximize scholarship dollars and participate in the honors program.  Save the date now!  The Penn Program Fellows Day is:

  • Friday, December 9  - Penn Program Fellows Day (Must have completed application for admission and honors program by Nov. 1) 

Interview Only 

Selected applicants will be invited to interview for the William Penn Honors Program on select dates.  Those who apply after Nov. 1 will be contacted to schedule an on-campus interview with a program director or a member of the selection committee.  The Interview Only date(s) are yet to be determined.  


If you submitted your William Penn Honors Program application prior to March 1, you will receive notification of the result of your application by the middle of April, at the latest.  


  1. Complete the Letter of Intent below to accept or decline your offer of admission into the William Penn Honors Program. (Use this form only after you have been admitted into the honors program.)
  2. Submit the $300 Enrollment Deposit to the admissions office.

Letter of Intent