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Lindenwood’s Honors Academy provides an enriched experience to an engaged community of outstanding undergraduate students.

The Honors Academy provides talented and motivated undergraduate students across all disciplines with enhanced classroom experiences that help develop their leadership and academic skills. It offers exceptional students the opportunity to be recognized for their academic achievements. Undergraduate students who complete the required 24 Honors credit hours graduate with University Honors, which is the highest recognition Lindenwood bestows.  

University Honors is announced at graduation and recipients wear Honors cords at the commencement ceremony. University Honors also appears on diplomas and transcripts. Students are encouraged to list University Honors on resumes, as well as highlight it on job or graduate school applications and letters.

Honors Academy Membership Benefits

  • Early course registration
  • Honors courses
  • Honors Learning Communities
  • Recognition at Honors Cord Ceremony
  • University Honors at graduation
  • University Honors on transcripts and diplomas

Honors Academy FAQ

What is the Honors Academy?

Lindenwood’s Honors Academy is a university-wide program that provides an enriched experience to an engaged community of outstanding students. Students who fulfill Honors Academy requirements graduate with University Honors.

What is University Honors?

University Honors is the highest recognition Lindenwood bestows. University Honors is announced at graduation and recipients wear Honors cords at commencement. University Honors also appears on diplomas and transcripts. Students are encouraged to list University Honors on resumes, as well as highlight it on job or graduate school applications and letters.

How do I get admitted to the Honors Academy?

Membership is by application only. Students must be formally admitted to Lindenwood University to apply for admission to the Honors Academy. Students with cumulative GPAs of 3.5 or above are eligible to apply:

  • First-Time Students (FTS) with cumulative high school GPAs of 3.5 or above;
  • Transfer students with cumulative college GPAs of 3.5 or above;
  • Current/returning students with cumulative college GPAs of 3.5 or above.

What are the benefits of being an active Honors Academy member?

  • Early course registration
  • Honors courses
  • Honors Learning Communities
  • Recognition at Honors Cord Ceremony
  • University Honors at graduation
  • University Honors on transcripts and diplomas

How do I maintain an active Honors Academy membership?

  • Maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or higher;
  • Complete Honors courses or courses for Honors credit at least once every academic year if you’re a first-time student or at least once a semester if you are a transfer student.

How many Honors credit hours do I need to earn to graduate with University Honors?

To graduate with University Honors, Honors Academy members must earn at least 24 Honors credit hours at various course levels (at least 12 Honors credit hours must be earned from 300- and/or 400-level courses) and maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.5 or higher.

For transfer students, the 24 Honors credit hours may include up to 12 credit hours of Honors transfer credit. Acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of the Honors Academy.

How do I earn Honors credit hours?

Honors Academy members can earn Honors credit hours in one or both of the following ways:

  • In Honors-designated courses, which are open to Honors Academy members only, a students is automatically enrolled for Honors credit. A student must earn a final grade of AH or BH to receive Honors credit in these courses.
  • Any undergraduate course may be taken for Honors credit with the permission of the instructor: Student and instructor need to agree on a project(s) that enhances the course and makes it equivalent to an Honors course. Student must complete the Honors Course Agreement and submit it to the Honors Academy by midterms. To earn Honors credit in “regular” classes, students must earn a final grade of AH. Students and instructors have until midterms to submit the official Honors Course Agreement.

What is an Honors Learning Community (HLC)?

HLCs are an amazing opportunity for outstanding students to engage in a personalized and enhanced learning experience. HLCs are clusters of two or three courses open only to Honors Academy members. They are taught by award-winning faculty members. 

What are the advantages of taking Honors-designated courses?

Honors-designated courses are designed for and open only to Honors Academy members. They are a wonderful way to create a community with other Honors students and to work with award-winning professors in small classes.

What are the advantages of taking courses for Honors credit?

Deciding on which courses to complete for Honors credit gives students the opportunity to design their own Honors journey. Honors students can take courses inside and/or outside of their majors according to their interests. This means that as long as at least 12 Honors credit hours of the required 24 are earned at the 300- and 400-level classes, students choose the courses’ subject matter.

Can I transfer Honors credit hours from another college or university?

The 24 Honors credit hours required for graduating with University Honors may include up to 12 credit hours of Honors transfer credit. Acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of the Honors Academy Be sure these courses are clearly marked as such on your transcripts and contact the Honors Academy for approval.

How do I figure out which courses to take for Honors credit?

Aside from having to earn at least 12 credit hours of upper-level courses (300- and 400-level), any course can be taken for Honors credit in consultation with the course instructor. This flexibility allows students to design their own Honors journeys according to their interests. We also encourage all Honors students to find faculty mentors in their majors who can help them select courses to take for Honors.

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