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Honors Program

If you are seeking academic challenge beyond normal course offerings, you'll want to participate in the Honors Program. A student completing the requirements of the Honors Program is designated a "Graduate of the Honors Program" on his or her diploma and transcript. By participating, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Take courses with a focused topic or innovative approach to the material or a specialized reading list.
  • Engage in learning with other students seeking academic challenge.
  • Enhance your preparation for admission to graduate schools or finding a job.

Requirements of the Honors Program

Honors students are required to take Honors courses and participate in certain extra-curricular activities. Several courses designated "Honors" are offered each semester according to a two-year rotation. These specially-designed and innovative courses fulfill the Foundations of Human Learning degree requirements. Students also participate in one event or activity each semester, such as a cultural event, a campus speaker, concert or film, or a field trip.

Participants in the program will:

  • Complete at least five courses designated "Honors."
  • Take an advanced section of ENG 110 College Writing
  • Participate in an approved extra-curricular event during each semester and write a reflective report.
  • Complete an "Honors Scholarship Contract" in an upper-level major or minor course.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3.

Admission to the Honors Program

Students interested in the Honors Program should contact the Associate Academic Dean.

New freshmen are placed into the program based on these requirements:

  1. A minimum high school GPA of 3.5.
  2. A minimum ACT composite score of 26.
  3. Rank in the top 15% of high school graduating class.

Continuing and transfer students may apply to the program with:

  1. An application that includes letters of recommendation from instructors who can assess the student's academic potential.
  2. A GPA of at least 3.3.
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