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Walk Tall Honors Program

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, civic, ideological, scientific, social, psychological, and cultural topics and issues.

The Walk Tall Honors Program is open to:

  • Entering first-year students who have achieved at least one of the following: higher than a 24 on the ACT or 1100 on the SAT, a high school GPA of above 3.75, or in the top 10 percent of their class.
  • Transfer students and current College of Saint Mary students with more than 12 college-level credit hours and who have earned a cumulative GPA of above 3.5. Applicants must have at least four semesters of coursework left at College of Saint Mary before earning their undergraduate degrees to apply to the program.


What does it take to complete the program?

Accepted students enroll in HNR 101, a 0-credit hour (pass/fail) course. Students must complete 4 semesters of HNR 101 as an undergraduate and maintain a cumulative GPA above 3.5. Each semester in HNR 101, students will participate in 4 events. Events include engaging, interesting, and fun activities on and off campus, one of which is a lunch with a CSM alumna speaker. Past events have included guided tours of museums, service events in the community, speakers on campus, and activities at local non-profit organizations and businesses. Following each event, students are required to submit short reflection papers on their experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a medallion to wear at the graduation ceremony and a certificate. In addition, successful program completion is noted on a student's official transcript. This portrays students as not only academically successful, but also as individuals who seek challenge and pursue scholarship.

Applications for Fall Admission are due by April 15.
Applications for Spring Admission are due by November 15.

If you are interested in applying to the program or have questions, please contact honors [at]