Requirements & Distinctions

Course Requirements

Honors students are expected to have completed six Honors courses, one of which being the Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar, before graduating to qualify for University Honors Program Distinction. The Honors Program recommends that students generally follow these benchmarks:

  • End of the First Year: 3-4 courses
  • End of Second Year: 5 courses
  • End of Fourth or Fifth Year: Six courses (including Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar)

Honors Discovery counts towards one of these courses.

Important Note: First-Year students who join the Honors Program in the Spring semester are required to complete 5 Honors courses, including an Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar. First-Year students who join the Program at the end of their first year need to complete 4 Honors courses, including the Seminar.

Maintaining Academic Standing

All Honors students must maintain good academic standing. To graduate with University Honors Program Distinction, Honors students must achieve a final GPA of 3.5 or above.

Any Honors student who matriculated into Northeastern University during the Fall 2016 semester or any previous semester must maintain a cumulative GPA greater or equal to a 3.0. Students with this entry date who fall below a cumulative 3.0 at any point after the conclusion of their first-year Spring semester, will no longer be eligible to participate in the University Honors Program.

Any Honors student who matriculated into Northeastern University during the Fall 2017 semester or any future semester must maintain a cumulative GPA greater or equal to a 3.0. Students with this entry date who fall below a cumulative 3.0 at any point after the conclusion of their first-year Spring semester, will have the following Fall semester to improve their GPA in accordance with the terms outlined by their scholarship. If their GPA does not meet this requirement by the conclusion of the second Fall semester or any subsequent semester, they will no longer be eligible to participate in the Honors Program.

Honors Program Distinctions

There are two different Honors Program distinctions that Honors students may earn upon graduation:

University Honors Program Distinction is earned by those students who have:

  • Passed the required number of Honors courses (including the Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar).
  • Maintained cumulative 3.5 or higher GPA

Honors Distinction in Major is defined by each college. In many cases, this distinction may be earned by completing the Honors in the Discipline Project. This distinction will appear on the transcript as “Honors in ‘Discipline’”, e.g., “Honors in Music” or “Honors in Chemistry”.