Requirements & Distinctions

Incoming first-year students are expected to have completed at least three Honors courses by the end of the first year (four courses are highly encouraged). Enhancing Honors counts towards one of these courses.

Sophomores are expected to have completed a total of five Honors courses.

Junior and senior year students are expected to have completed a total of six honors courses, including an Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar for University Honors Program Distinction. Students are also encouraged to pursue Honors in the Discipline as defined by their college for Honors Distinction in their major; Honors in Chemistry, etc.

Students in the entering classes of 2012 or thereafter are also expected to complete an Honors e-Portfolio.

Staying in good standing

Students matriculating in September 2012 or thereafter must obtain a 3.5 GPA to maintain good standing and graduate with University Honors Program Distinction. Honors Students matriculated earlier must maintain a 3.4 GPA to remain in good standing and graduate with University Honors Program Distinction. First-year students must achieve a 3.0 GPA by the end of their spring semester.

Any Honors student who possesses a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 at or after the end of the spring semester will no longer be eligible to participate in the Honors Program.

Students matriculating in September 2012 or thereafter must also complete an Honors e-Portfolio to graduate with University Honors Program Distinction.

Honors Program Distinctions

There are two different Honors Program distinctions which may be earned by Honors students upon graduation. These distinctions are posted to the student’s academic transcript after graduation, as well as announced in the spring graduation Commencement Program. In addition, any course that is taken as Honors will be noted on a student’s transcript. University Honors Program Distinction is earned by those students who have completed 6 Honors courses, including an Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar. Students who join the Honors Program in the spring semester of their first year are required to complete 5 Honors courses including a seminar to receive this distinction. Students who join the Honors Program at the end of the first year need to complete 4 Honors courses, including a seminar. Honors Distinction in Major is defined by each college. In many cases, this distinction may be earned by completing the Junior/Senior Honors Project. This distinction will appear on the transcript as “Honors in ‘Discipline’”, e.g., “Honors in Music” or “Honors in Chemistry”.