Hello, my name is Michael Lipscomb, and I am the Director of the Honors Program at Winthrop University. I want to welcome you to Winthrop University and tell you why I think you should choose to become a member of the Winthrop University Honors Program. Our program is great for students. It will help you get the most out of your education while you're here at Winthrop. As an honor student, you will be taking classes being taught by PhDs, some of our best professors, who are going to be the folk who are going to write letters of recommendation for you, as you look to move past your Winthrop career into law school, to medical school, to graduate school or into the private sector.
You will also be taking classes, small classes with other honors students. That means other students who are like you, who are smart, who are energetic, who take their education seriously, and that leads to a wonderful classroom experience. You simply can have discussions and engage in learning with your fellow honors students and with these highly talented professors that are a step above what you can get from your other classes. Being an honor student also will pay dividends down the road. I don't have to tell you that it's a highly competitive world out there. So whether you want to go to professional school or to graduate school or directly into the private sector, having an honors degree from Winthrop University will give you a competitive advantage, will help differentiate you from all those other talented folks that you'll be competing against as you move into the world past Winthrop. There's also some direct benefits from being an honor student at Winthrop University. First of all, you get to register for your classes before everybody else. That's a wonderful benefit. That means that you will always be able to get into those classes that you want to get, and they'll probably never be full.
You also get preferred honors housing. You get a chance to live with other honors students in housing that's closely proximate to where honors classes are being held. And those honors housing opportunities are great for another reason. It gives you a chance to feel community with your other honors students. A group of students will be there for you for the good times and also as you're trying to navigate the more difficult times. If you're interested in being an honor student at Winthrop University, I urge you to apply. If you have a high school GPA over a 3.5 and either a ACT scores above 27 or SAT scores above 1200, we'll send you an invitation. But even if you don't meet those thresholds, I would still urge you to consider being a member of the program if you're near those thresholds. We will consider every application individually, and we will make a decision about whether or not we can admit you to the program. Thank you for considering Winthrop University. Thank you for considering Winthrop University's Honors Program, and I look forward to seeing you in the fall. Thank you.