Students are considered automatically Honors eligible if they meet at least one of the following requirements:
- ACT score of 27 or higher
- SAT score of 1280 or higher
- Top 10% of graduation class
Students who do not meet these requirements but show exceptional motivation may also join the Honors College. If you don’t meet the initial requirements but think Honors is right for you, let us know!
General Education (12 credits)
Students enroll in Honors sections of general education courses needed for university and/or major/minor requirements. These Honors sections feature smaller classes, outstanding faculty, and more in-depth discussion and hands-on activities. All these factors contribute to a more engaging learning environment for Honors students. AP exam scores of 5 may also be counted toward Honors general education (up to 6 credits).
Upper-Division Honors Contract (3 credits)
Students are given the opportunity to delve deeper into a course with an Honors contract. This involves the student working with a faculty member in a non-Honors section of a 300-400 level course on a supplemental project that allows the student to engage more with the course material. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about a subject matter they are particularly passionate about. Once the contract is completed, the student earns Honors credit for the course.
Honors Colloquium (3 credits)
Colloquium is an exciting, multidisciplinary course focused on teaching material that is both relevant and contemporary. Topics vary from semester to semester, and he purpose of the course is to emphasize higher order thinking skills, as well as oral and written communication skills. Recent examples of Colloquium topics include: Current and Future Issues in Healthcare, Mathematics and the Arts, Media and the Election, and The Work of Creativity. Participating in an Honors study abroad experience also fulfills the Colloquium requirement.
Additional Upper-Division Honors Coursework (3 credits)
Students can choose to complete an additional upper-division contract, take a second Honors Colloquium, enroll in Honors undergraduate teaching assistant credits, or complete a second independent study project to fulfill their remaining upper-division Honors credits.
Independent Study (3 credits)
Students conduct original research, creative work, or scholarly activity under the direction of a faculty mentor to fulfill the independent study requirement. The project is accompanied by an academic paper and a presentation of the research or creative work in a public venue. Presentations can be done at a regional or national conference or here on campus at the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Day (URSCAD), and many students go on to publish their independent study papers in academic journals or campus publications. Many Honors graduates cite the independent study as their most rewarding academic experience at college.
Students who complete the above criteria and earn a 3.5 cumulative grade point average will graduate with Fishback Honors College distinction. This distinction appears on the student's transcript and diploma and is acknowledged during a special Honors Medallion Ceremony prior to Commencement.
Students intending to pursue graduation with Honors College distinction complete and submit the Honors Continuing Enrollment Form during their first semester on campus. Honors students are then assigned an advisor from the Honors College who will monitor their progress toward the requirements for graduation with Fishback Honors College distinction. Those who meet Honors College progression standards each semester are also eligible for priority registration.