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University Honors Program

The University of Hartford Honors program is an academic program designed to offer a stimulating, challenging intellectual environment for highly motivated students across campus. Eligibility for the program is determined upon admission to the University on the basis of SAT or ACT scores and class rank. Subsequently, students can participate in the program once they have fulfilled the eligibility requirements for honors in their college. Students may continue in the program as long as they maintain the GPA required by their college. To graduate with University honors, students must have an overall average of at least 3.0 in their honors course work and must meet the GPA required by their college to graduate with University honors. The designation of University honors on the diploma is different from graduation honors based purely on grade point average.

The University Honors program requires 18 credits of honors course work. The honors curriculum has been designed both to encourage student interaction across the colleges in honors sections of required general education courses and to provide opportunities for enriched or accelerated work within the curricula of the individual colleges.

Each college has defined a special honors experience for its students that may include special courses, interdisciplinary seminars, independent studies, and senior projects. Honors courses and seminars offered by the College of Arts and Sciences may be taken by students who qualify for the Honors program, regardless of the college or school in which they are matriculated at the University. Details about the specific honors requirements in each college may be found under Honors in each college's description of its academic programs. The program is overseen by a University honors director and a University honors coordinating committee composed of the honors coordinators from all the schools and colleges.

Students matriculated in one college may complete all the requirements for honors in another college and thereby earn the University honors designation. The students' programs must be approved by the honors coordinators of both the college of matriculation and the one in which they are completing the honors requirements.

Honors students at the University are also eligible to belong to the Honors Student Organization and may be eligible to belong to national honors societies based on the societies' academic requirements. More information about national honors groups at the University may be found under Honorary Societies.

Further information about the University Honors program may be obtained from the director in Gengras Student Union, room 327.