Honors Institute Guidelines

Reasons For Inactivation

The Institute monitors active students at the end of each term to determine compliance with the program criteria. The following examples lead to an inactive status:

  • A GPA lower than 3.0. If a student's GPA drops below 3.0, the student will have one semester to raise the GPA and remain in the Honors Institute.
  • Students who have not taken an honors course for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the Institute.
  • More than five withdrawals on the student's record within the past five years.

Students who have already completed 18 or more hours of hours of Honors coursework will never be inactivated.

Honors Graduation Requirements

To receive an Honors Degree, students must complete 21 hours of Honors coursework and maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA.

To receive an Honors Certificate, students must complete 15 hours of Honors coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

All Honors students must take Honors Leadership Seminar each semester.

Special Recognition

Honors coursework will be marked on transcripts.

Honors Degree or Honors Certificate will be noted on transcripts.

Students receiving an Honors Degree or Honors Certificate will be recognized in the Commencement Program.

Students that receive an Honors Degree and meet specific cumulative GPA benchmarks will graduate with recognition as follows:

With Distinction: 3.5 - 3.79
With Highest Distinction: 3.8 - 4.0

Both degree- and certificate- seeking students must complete all requirements within 85 credit hours.

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