The ARCH Scholars Program

A distinguished community for high performing scholars.

Looking to set yourself up for success at the College of Charleston? The ARCH Scholars Program offers select students a personalized, two-year cohort experience within the Honors College.

What is the ARCH Scholars Program?

ARCH stands for Achievement Realized through Community in Honors, an idea that sets the foundation for this innovative new program. The ARCH Scholars Program provides highly capable incoming students with an enhanced experience during your first two years of college.

You’ll take specialized classes that build upon your stellar high school track record. Personalized professional enrichment activities will set you up for long-term success.

And because the ARCH program is housed within the Honors College and open to students of all majors, you’ll benefit from being part of an inspired learning community.

What are the program benefits?

As an ARCH scholar, you’ll…

  • Receive priority placement to live in the Honors Living-Learning Community residence hall your freshman year.
  • Take a First Year Experience course specially designed for advanced students in the ARCH program.
  • Have access to ARCH-versions of popular courses across campus, reserved entirely for ARCH scholars.
  • Be eligible for an exclusive ARCH scholars study abroad program in London during the spring of your freshman year.
  • Benefit from Honors College perks like priority registration.
  • Be invited to Honors College student activities and exclusive ARCH scholar events.

What is the ARCH scholars study abroad program?

All incoming ARCH scholars are eligible to participate in an exclusive ARCH study abroad program. Each year, a group of approximately 30 freshman ARCH scholars travel to London, England and study together during the spring semester.

The experience is administered in partnership with the Foundation for International Education (FIE), a London-based nonprofit with over 25 years of experience coordinating study abroad programs. Over the course of the semester, you’ll enjoy classes on British life and culture, a global leadership and service-learning course, tours of London landmarks, and much more.

Access to the program is available to incoming ARCH scholars on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional details for the spring 2025 program will be shared with all accepted ARCH scholars by the end of February 2024.

How are ARCH scholars selected?

There’s no application process for the ARCH Scholars Program. You’re selected based on your superior academic performance in high school, and your potential to hit the ground running and thrive here at college.

If you’ve been accepted into the program, you’ll receive an official acceptance notification directly through your College of Charleston admissions portal. And there’s no extra step to claim your spot in the program. Once you submit your deposit to the College of Charleston, you’re officially an ARCH scholar!

Are ARCH scholars members of the Honors College?

Yes! The Honors College consists of two distinctive experiences: the ARCH Scholars Program and Honors Comprehensive. Each approach is set up to help different types of students get the most out of their time in college.

As an ARCH scholar you’ll still be an active member of the Honors College community throughout your two years in the program. You’ll be able to participate in Honors College programming, and will interact regularly with other highly motivated Honors students.

If you received an invitation to become an ARCH scholar but decide the program isn’t the right fit for you, you can contact Honors@cofc.edu to opt out of the program.