Governor's Honors Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I apply to attend the Governor's Honors Academy [GHA]?

The Governor's Honors Academy is a unique experience. Only the top 50 students who apply are able to attend this prestigious academy. As a participant, you will make incredible friendships while pursuing the quest of academic knowledge. During the nine days of The Academy you will participate in dozens of speakers and workshops. You'll explore the world through the arts, sciences, social sciences and come to understand a variety of perspectives. It is really hard to describe the GHA experience - the best way to learn about GHA is to attend. So submit your application today. You can view the blog from last year's GHA experience by visiting the GHA homepage at

What are the dates for GHA?

The 2016 Governor's Honors Academy will be held from June 17 - 25, 2016 at Southern Utah University.

What is the cost to attend the Governor's Honors Academy?

The cost $1000.00. However, participants are given information on seeking sponsors to help cover the cost of attendance.

What GPA do I need to have to apply?


Is the ACT required to apply?

No. It is recommended. Preference may be given to students who have completed the ACT, therefore it is recommended that you take the ACT early in order to have your score back prior to applying. However, you can apply even if you haven't taken the ACT.  You can contact the GHA office at 435.586.7741 or if you have questions. 

What do you look for in our transcripts?

We evaluate the courses you have taken and the level of difficulty of those courses.

What is the application process like?

The application process is designed to review each student individually and identify the top qualified applicants based on a holistic approach.  Applicants are reviewed for the academic rigor in their coursework, community and school involvement, writing ability, and creativity.  

What do we do during GHA?

It's hard to describe all that takes place during GHA.  We spend a lot of time learning and a lot of time playing.  We participate with multiple renowned speakers, hold small group interactive sessions to promote leadership and self awareness and attend the National parks. We also hold a GHA Dance, talent show, and swimming party. We are often busy from before sun up and don't retire until after the sun has gone down- You won't be bored.

How many days is the academy?

9 days

Is food and housing extra?

The $1000 covers lodging, meals, transportation during the academy and all scheduled activities. Individual spending money is optional.

How many apply and attend GHA?

We receive between 250-300 applications each year. We typically accept 50 participants each year.

When is the deadline for the application?

The deadline for the application is March 15th. No postmarked documents are accepted.

Can I mail my application on March 15th and still be accepted?

The completed application with all required documents must be in the GHA Office by 5 PM on March 15, 2016. If you are hand delivering your application, you may do so by 5 PM in the SUU Admissions Welcome Center, located inside the Sharwan Smith Student Center.