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Honors Program Requirements

Requirement Snapshot 

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Once in the program, students must fulfill the following requirements in order to maintain membership:

GPA Requirement

Students must maintain yearly GPA requirements as outlined below. This ensures that every Honors Student will graduate Cum Laude.

  • 3.25 by end of Freshman year.
  • 3.35 by end of Sophomore year. 
  • 3.5 by end of Junior year.

Honors Point System

Earn a minimum of 20 Honors Points within three categories: 

Curriculum: In order to achieve the program goals, students must complete a minimum of five Honors courses, including the required courses. Many Honors classes fulfill the University's core curriculum requirements and students may contract Honors projects with upper level courses in their majors and minors. 

Scholarship: Students will supplement our curriculum with an additional depth to their academic experience in the form of scholarship through research, creative performances, and presentations. All scholarship must be completed under the guidance of faculty advisors in your field.

Self-Development: Students can enjoy professional development opportunities in leadership, internships, mentorship, workshops, study abroad and service-learning. Complete information on earning Honors points can be found in the Honors Student Handbook (PDF) .

Attend Mandatory Honors Meetings and Events

This ensures that each Honors student receives important information and optimum benefits from the Honors community. Meetings include individual pre-registration advising with the Program Director each semester and monthly All-Honors Gatherings. Two required community events are the Honors Convocation in Fall and the Honors Symposium in Spring. Additionally, students will be required to attend at least two Signature events per year. 

Honors "Bucket List"

Honors Students designed the Bucket List, comprised of 24 different events, to get members to push their boundaries and explore the vast world we live in. Students have fun with this requirement, experiencing topics, cultural events and artistic work they might never have thought about previously. Students must complete 20 items on the Bucket List by graduation.

JoAnne

"We're offered a lot of flexibility through the Points Program, so I've been able to tailor fulfilling my Honors requirements to what is going to benefit me in my field."