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BENEFITS OF GOOD STANDING

  • Priority registration
  • Access to Honors lounge and computer lab in Hillcrest House
  • Opportunity for independent, directed study through the Senior Honors Project
  • Participate in special field trips
  • Eligibility for Honors Seminars Abroad
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in the Honors Student Advisory Council
  • Opportunities to present research
  • Participate in state, regional, and national Honors societies
  • Belong to a community of scholars dedicated to achieving excellence and developing the highest potential in themselves and others

Maintaining Good Standing

To remain in good standing in the Honors Program, Honors students must adhere to the following conditions:

1. Take at least one Honors course, seminar, Honors Option, or Senior Honors Project course each semester until all Honors requirements are completed.

Failure to meet this requirement will result in being placed on immediate probation for that semester. Students who do not fulfill an Honors requirement for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the program. Students who are studying abroad, attending off-campus internships, or otherwise participating in a program off-campus, are exempt from this policy during that period only; they must inform the Honors Program in writing one semester prior to departure.

(This requirement does not apply to Track III students.)

2. Maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.

Failure to meet this requirement will result in immediate probation for one semester, provided the student meets the following minimum cumulative GPA standards:

Juniors (or 5th semester): 3.20
Sophomores (or 3rd & 4th semesters): 3.00
Freshmen (or 2nd semester): grace period – no probation

GPA's below these minimum standards will result in dismissal. A student on probation will be dismissed from the program if the cumulative GPA does not return to 3.25 or above by the end of the probationary semester. In all cases, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 to graduate from the Honors Program.

Scholarships which require a student to maintain a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA and/or to be in good standing in the Honors Program may not be renewed for the second academic year, if applicable.

3. Meet with the Honors Academic Advisor 

All Track I and II Honors Scholars are required to meet with the Honors Advisor upon entry into the program. This will include the completion of a Four Your Curriculum Plan. Deadlines are the following:

Track I: No later than the middle of the third semester in the program. (*Does not apply to Track I students who entered the program prior to Fall 2013.)
Track II: No later than the end of the second semester in the program.

(This requirement does not apply to Track III students.)

Probation 

Priority registration privileges will be revoked while on probation. Students on probation may still register for Honors courses to be taken in the following semester, although students whose probationary period ends in dismissal will not be allowed to enroll in these or other honors courses. Students who withdraw from the program or are dismissed can re-enter the program as Track III students in their junior year if they have achieved a cumulative 3.5 GPA.