We consider many factors in our selection process. Each applicant is viewed on the strength of his overall application, including his academic preparedness, and performance on achievement tests. However, at Morehouse we’re looking for more. The student who is best fit to become a Man of Morehouse is highly motivated and possesses a social conscience. He is expected to have taken advanced coursework and is engaged in extracurricular activities that has added value to his high school community. Also of value are the applicant’s personal qualities, such as maturity, intellectual awareness, and motivation to learn beyond the classroom.
The applicant’s preparation must include four (4) units in English, (3) units in Mathematics, two (2) units in Natural Sciences and two (2) units in Social Sciences. Two (2) units of Foreign Language also are highly recommended. Additional pursuits may be tailored according to the student’s individual interests.
Although we ask for only one essay, we also want each applicant to write a personal statement. It is important applicants use the personal statement to share stories of personal triumph, or how you decided to be involved in an organization or project that took you out of your comfort zone and what was learned by having had the experience.
We want you to be guided by your own words and thoughts even if a parent or counselor looks over the essay. It is also imperative that no one else writes the essay for you, or in their handwriting.
Early admission applicant should represent students who are in the top 25 percentile of his class, usually a 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, and a strong performance on the SAT or ACT. In addition, strong written recommendations from high school guidance counselors and teachers are a must. Applicants also should present proof of consistent extracurricular activities throughout his high school career that exhibits the student’s school spirit, ability to lead, and a maturity that demonstrates a commitment toward social consciousness. Applicants are also required to sit for examination leading to the high school equivalency diploma.
Highly-motivated students who have successfully completed the 11th grade may qualify for a special Joint Enrollment Program. Students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to take freshman-level courses at Morehouse College while enrolled in a public high school in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Selection is made on the basis of grade-point average, SAT scores, and the recommendation of the high school guidance counselor. A personal interview by a member of the admissions staff is also required. Courses taken earn high school and college credit, and are prescribed by the high school counselor.