Frequently Asked Questions
Honors students benefit from a number of advantages, including priority registration, Honors housing, and unique programming. To read about these advantages and more, please click here.
Incoming freshmen who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for Honors are sent an invitation to participate based on the application information. The invitation will be sent via email and to the student’s home address. To be guaranteed acceptance into the University Honors Program, students must submit an online Honors application by January 15 and register for a summer Freshmen Orientation session by no later than May 1. After the January 15 priority deadline, admission to the University Honors Program is competitive and applications will be considered only as space in the freshman class allows. Students applying after the January 15 deadline must complete the online Honors application and submit additional materials, including a resume. An Honors selection committee will review all application materials and make admission decisions. No application materials will be accepted after May 1.
Honors courses are offered in nearly every category of General Education. Additionally, many upper-level Honors courses, including interdisciplinary seminars, are offered in departments throughout the University that can count towards a student’s programmatic, major, or supporting course requirements. For more information on Honors courses, please click here.
Honors courses are designed to challenge and engage you. Many students prefer Honors courses because of the emphasis on oral and written communication, the close relationships with other students and faculty, and the opportunity to explore topics more fully than in classes with larger enrollments. These characteristics tend to make Honors courses more stimulating and perhaps more demanding, though not necessarily more difficult than other college courses. For more information on Honors courses, please click here.
Students in the Honors Program are required to take a minimum of three Honors courses (9 credit hours) in their first four (full-time) semesters and one Honors course (3 credits) each academic year thereafter. All Honors Program students are required to complete a minim of 15 credit hours of Honors course work to graduate as a member of the University Honors Program.
Students who do not
take at least three Honors courses in their first four semesters or do not take
at least one Honors course per academic year after that will be placed on
inactive status. For more information on Honors requirements, please click here.
Honors eligible students may take up to three Honors courses per semester (HON 101 and laboratories are exceptions to this limit). Students may not take more than two Honors seminars in any semester.
Because admission to all University Honors classes requires permission from the University Honors Program, you must see an Honors advisor prior to registration to obtain permission. All advisors are available by appointment prior to the start of registration. For more information on scheduling an advising appointment, please click here.
All Honors classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and the Honors Program does not over-enroll any of its courses. However, waiting lists are kept for all Honors courses, which are managed by the Honors advisors and staff. Students who wish to have their name added to the wait list for a closed Honors course must see an Honors advisor. If a space becomes available in the course, students are given two days to register for the course before their spot is relinquished to the next student on the list. Wait lists for Honors courses are separate from the wait lists managed through ULink.
To remain in good standing in the Honors Program, students must have a 3.35 or better cumulative GPA. If a student falls below the minimum GPA after their first semester, they may be suspended from the Honors Program. For more information on the GPA requirement, please click here.
If you are unable to meet the minimum required GPA of 3.35, you will receive an email at your UofL email address notifying you that you have been suspended from the Honors Program. Because early registration occurs before you receive grades for a semester, you may be suspended from the Honors Program even though you are registered for an Honors course. You will not be removed from any Honors courses for which you are registered. However, you will not be permitted to register for additional Honors courses until your GPA reaches the required minimum.
To be readmitted to the Honors Program after you have been suspended, you must speak with an Honors advisor once your cumulative GPA reaches a level of 3.35 or higher.
Yes! An exciting component of the Honors curriculum is the Overseers International Seminar. Offered annually, this course combines semester-long study at UofL with substantially subsidized travel to locations outside of the United States. Students have traveled to destinations such as Great Britain, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand, China and Taiwan. For more information on Honors travel seminars, please click here.
o Average high school GPA of incoming freshmen Honors student: 3.91
o Average ACT composite score of incoming freshmen Honors student: 30
o Incoming Honors freshmen living on campus: 505
o Incoming Honors freshmen receiving a scholarship: 99%
o Average Honors class size: 17.3 students (max class is 25)
o Total number of Honors upperclassmen: 751
o Total number of Honors freshmen: 589
The Honors & Honors Scholars Milestones will read “Status: Not Completed” until after you have graduated. Even if you have satisfied all of the requirements for the Honors Program or the Honors Scholars Program, the status will remain “not completed” until after you have graduated. It typically takes up to four weeks after graduation before your degree will post and we will change your Honors Program status to indicate completion.
No. We highly recommend Threlkeld Hall to Honors students, especially first-year students, because of its central location on campus and its scheduled study hours. There are, however, not enough beds to accommodate all Honors students, so it is not a requirement to live there. For more information regarding Honors housing, please click here.
No, you are not required to take HON 101. However, all first-time entering freshmen are required to take a one-credit hour general studies course during the first 30 credit hours of their undergraduate career. The required course in the College of Arts & Sciences is GEN 101, which is offered by the Honors Program as HON 101. Although there are a number of similarities between the two courses, HON 101 is quite distinct. In particular, the Honors version presents a significant amount of the course material in a two-day experience the week before classes start. Eight regularly scheduled classes follow the two-day event during the first few weeks of the semester. GEN 101, by contrast, is offered twice a week, over seven weeks (14 classes).
HON 101 is strongly recommended to all Honors students in the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business (where it is called CAMP 100: Honors Campus Culture), and the College of Education & Human Development. If you are an entering freshman enrolled in any of these academic units, you will receive an invitation to participate in this course via both e-mail and letter.
For the most part, all contact from the University Honors Program will come via e-mail to your official UofL e-mail address. Every other week you will receive an e-mail containing a link to the Honors newsletter, The Current. You are advised to read the newsletter each time it is published. You will also receive e-mails every week detailing what Honors events are upcoming. To read the most recent edition of The Current, please click here. here. (link to News & Events under CONNECT tab)
All active Honors students are enrolled in the Honors Program organization. This appears in your Blackboard homepage under “My Organizations” as UofL Honors Program & Honors Student Council. Updated Honors information is contained in the Honors Blackboard shell, as well as the Honors website.
There are several national honors societies. On UofL’s campus, there are two that are very active. If you receive an invitation from either Golden Key or the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), both are legitimate organizations with very active chapters at the University of Louisville. It is up to you to decide if you want to join. If you receive an invitation from an organization other than these two, be sure to consult this list: http://www.achsnatl.org/quick_link.asp. If you find the organization is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, then it is definitely legitimate.
Honors Student Council (HSC) is comprised of elected and appointed Honors student representatives. These students serve as liaisons with the Honors administration. In addition, HSC strives to develop a strong sense of community among Honors students and faculty. This is done through a series of events, including: faculty & student meet and greet; academic lectures; campus picnics; dinner outings; cultural events; the publication of a literary magazine; a biennial book & music sale fundraiser; and much, much more. HSC holds general meetings, open to all Honors students, on the first Tuesday of every month. For more information on HSC or how to get involved, please visit the Honors Student Council page. Honors Student Council (HSC)
Honors Volunteer Program (HVP) is the service branch of the Honors Student Council. If you are interested in giving back to your local community, you are strongly encouraged to get involved with HVP. Throughout each year, HVP sponsors several community service events both on and off-campus. General meetings, open to all Honors students, are held the first Thursday of every month.Honors Volunteer Program (HVP)
If you intend to complete a senior thesis in the College of Arts & Sciences, you need to begin formulating ideas and discussing these with a faculty member prior to the beginning of your senior year. Typically, for students graduating in May, thesis proposals are due near mid-September. For complete details on senior thesis requirements, please visit the Senior Honors Theses pages.