Program Requirements at a Glance

  • Cumulative GPA 3.5 or higher (3.3 for students who entered the University prior to Fall 2015)
  • 21 total honors points
  • 15 honors points from classes
  • 3 honors points from honors project
  • Additional points may be earned from honors events, study abroad, or additional coursework

Program Requirements in more Detail

Participants work to accrue a minimum of 21 honors points comprised of honors coursework, an honors project, and various other options such as events, activities, and study abroad. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 is required to complete the Honors Program.

Grade Point Average

Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the time of graduation (3.3 for students who entered the University prior to Fall 2015). A faculty committee will review student performance after three semesters at UE and make recommendations for continuation or dismissal from the program.

Course Work: 15 credit hours of honors courses (counts for 15 honors points)

Each semester, the Honors Program offers courses designated for honors credit. Courses change from semester to semester. These are often courses that fulfill general education requirements. The program requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work.

Students may also earn honors points for virtually any University non–honors course through “contracting”, provided the professor teaching the course agrees and the Honors Director approves. This option is primarily intended for juniors and seniors.

Honors Project (counts for 3 honors points)

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.

Study Abroad (optional; points vary)

  • Harlaxton College fall or spring semester: 2 points
  • Harlaxton College summer session: 1 point
  • Other locations (points vary): Students studying abroad at other locations should submit a description of their academic experience to the director. Points will be decided based upon the length of stay and applicability to the honors learning experience.


The Honors Program sponsors events and activities designed to build community among program participants. Events and activities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Honors Program common read events
  • UE Department of Theatre productions and corresponding Honors Program “talk-backs”
  • Lectures
  • Book and movie discussions
  • Service to the Honors Program (e.g. participating on the Honors Activity Board)
  • Honors Program-sponsored volunteer activities (e.g. Honors Ace Mentors)

Point Records

Although the Office of the Registrar will keep track of all course work and corresponding credit, the Honors Program Office records Honors Program activities points.

To record attendance at events worth honors points, students should go to WebAdvisor; “Academic Profile”; “Honors Event Registration”.

The points a student has earned for the Honors Program are available for viewing on WebAdvisor; students should go to the “Academic Profile” section and click on “My Honors Activity”. If students are missing points, they should submit a dispute request located on WebAdvisor under the “My Honors Activity” section. Disputes will be emailed to the Honors Program office for follow up.

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Office Location:
Room 238, Olmsted Administration Hall