Honors Program Requirements

Program Requirements at a Glance

  • Cumulative GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Complete 15 honors credit hours
  • Earn 4 honors participation points per semester
  • Complete an honors project

Program Requirements in more Detail

Grade Point Average

Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the time of graduation. Academic performance will be reviewed annually.

Course Work

Students must earn a minimum of 15 credit hours in honors courses. Honors courses are often special honors sections of general education courses that students are already taking. Students may also contract virtually any non-honors course for honors credit by working with the professor to develop an additional project to enhance the course and raise it to honors level.

Participation Points

To enhance the honors community and broaden experiences beyond the academic realm, Honors Program students are required to earn four participation points per semester through attendance at honors-sponsored events such as the honors banquet, Nerd Wars, common read events, game nights, and more.

Honors Project

The honors project is the capstone of the honors experience and is intended to demonstrate clearly, to the campus community as well as to graduate schools, law schools, medical schools and employers of all kinds, that the UE honors student stands out from the general UE student population as someone who has achieved particularly remarkable competency in a specific field. The project should involve significant research or creative work that will be presented to the University community; students are also encouraged to present their work in off-campus professional and academic settings. See the “Honors Program Project” page for more details.