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Who's Eligible and What's Required

Incoming students can be eligible to participate in the University Honors Program starting their first semester or become eligible once they complete their first semester with a GPA of 3.0. The program requires completion of 18 credits for each college, with the exception of Hillyer College, which is 9 credits.

Eligibility Factors

  • SAT or ACT score
  • high school GPA
  • class rank (if available)
  • incoming students who receive a President's or Regents' Scholarship also are eligible for the Honors Program.

Requirements

Participation

After taking an honors course or two, a student must
  1. submit the Declaration Form to their College Coordinator, and
  2. fulfill the specific requirements of the honors program of his or her college, which includes 18 credits and a required grade point average.

General

  • 6 credits of honors general education (e.g., honors WRT and UIS)
  • 6 or 9 credits of advanced honors courses (e.g., HON 300 seminars)
  • 6 or 3 credits of an honors thesis, a senior project, or an honors contract

Some of these credits can be earned by an Honors Contract for a regular course. All honors courses must be taken for a letter grade (not P/NP).