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Honors Program FAQ

Q: How are students chosen for the Honors Program and what are the requirements for eligibility?

A: Eligible freshmen in all majors are invited to join the Honors Program upon review of their admission application. There is no separate application required for admission to the program. Among the criteria used for selection are high school GPA, strength of high school courses and results of standardized tests. Students are notified after their admission to St. John’s.

Q: What options exist for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements?

A: On a limited basis, based on course availability and academic qualifications, some entering students may be granted an exception to join the Honors Program. Students interested in being considered for an exception must contact the Honors Office to obtain an exception request form.

Q:  Can I become part of the Honors Program after my freshman year?

A:  In order to have the best opportunity and flexibility to complete the Honors Program, as well as to experience its other academic and social benefits, it is most advantageous to join at the beginning of the freshman year. Joining the program after the freshman year limits the ability to complete it. Therefore, these exceptions are rarely approved.

Q: Will I be required to take additional or different courses if I am part of the Honors Program?

A:  The Honors Program requires the completion of 30 credits of honors-designated courses. The majority of this requirement is usually satisfied through completion of the University’s Core Curriculum; however, additional elective courses and other options to earn honors credit exist. Some options require special approval by the Honors Program administrators.

Q: What grade point average must I maintain to successfully complete the Honors Program?

A:  Students who are enrolled in the Honors Program are expected to maintain an overall GPA of 3.3.

Q:  Are there specific scholarships available to students in the Honors Program?

A:   As a result of their academic achievements in high school, students in the program are eligible to receive University- based merit scholarships. At the present time there are no specific scholarships awarded exclusively to honors students, however, additional scholarships may be available from sources outside the University.

Q: How many students are enrolled in the Honors Program and how many freshmen are admitted each fall?

A:  There are approximately 1000 students enrolled in the Honors Program and we admit about 250-300 freshmen each fall.

Q:  What is the size of honors courses?

A:   Honors courses generally have no more than 25 students.

Q: What is the difference between honors courses and regular courses?

A: Honors courses are not necessarily more difficult. The professors may approach the class differently due to their smaller size and can often focus on topics in more depth. Discussion is an important aspect of honors courses.

Q: Can students in all majors complete the Honors Program?

A: Yes, the program is open to incoming students who meet the eligibility requirements.  This includes undeclared majors and those in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Q: What are the benefits of being in the Honors Program?

A: The program offers a number of academic and social benefits. Among them is the opportunity to be in small courses with students who share your academic profile. The program also offers a variety of events and activities. Students who complete 30 credits in honors courses will receive an honors certificate as well as special honors designation on their final transcript and diploma and recognition in the Commencement Booklet.

Q: Is there honors housing?

A: Yes. Students in the Honors Program have the option to reside in an honors-designated section of Donovan Hall, the primary Freshman Residence Hall.