Clarification of Requirements

Clarification of Requirements


How do I maintain an active Honors Academy membership?

To be an active Honors Academy member, you must maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or higher, and 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.

*These requirements reflect the 2021-2022 University Catalog of Entry. See Catalogs and Schedules for Honors information and requirements in earlier catalogs of entry. 

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 email 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.


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