Frequently Asked Questions
Honors students benefit from a number of advantages, including priority registration, Honors housing, and unique programming. Read more about these advantages »
First-year, first-time students 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. The application cycle opens September 1st and closes December 15th and the process is competitive.
To be considered for acceptance into the University Honors Program, students must submit an online Honors application by December 15, which includes a resume and essays, and register for a summer Freshmen Orientation session by no later than May 1. After the December 15 priority deadline, admission to the University Honors Program applications will only be considered by individual petitions. An Honors selection committee will review all application materials and make admission decisions by an advertised date. No application materials will be accepted after May 1.
If you are a current UofL student or transferring into the University of Louisville from a different institution, please see our page on Application Information for Current/Transfer Students for more information.
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 students programmatic, major, or supporting course requirements. Read more about Honors courses »
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. Read more about Honors courses »
Students in the Honors Program are required to:
- Complete of three 3-credit Honors courses within their first four (full-time) semesters in the Honors Program (required for all students who entered the Honors Program in Fall 2008 or later);
- Complete of one 3-credit Honors course each academic year.
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. Read more about Honors requirements »
Honors eligible students may take up to two Honors courses per semester (HON 101 and laboratories are exceptions to this limit).
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. Read more about scheduling an advising appointment »
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. Read more about the GPA requirement »
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 may submit a Reinstatement Request Form 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. Read more about Honors travel seminars »
- Average high school GPA of incoming freshmen Honors student: 4.26
- Average ACT composite score of incoming freshmen Honors student: 31
- Incoming Honors freshmen living on campus: 91%
- Incoming Honors freshmen receiving a scholarship: 99.6%
- Average Honors class size: 17.3 students (max class is 25)
- Total number of Honors upperclassmen: 887
- Total number of Honors freshmen: 466
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 Kurz Hall to Honors students, especially first-year students, because of its central location on campus and the Honors community. There are, however, not enough beds to accommodate all Honors students, so it is not a requirement to live there. Read more about Honors housing »
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.
There are several national honors societies, and each has its own approach to programming, finances, and membership invitations. Some of these organizations have active chapters on UofL’s campus. If you receive an invitation to join such a group, we encourage you to research the organization (e.g., its goals, structure, for-profit or non-profit status, etc.) to assess whether it is a good match for you. The following links provide some additional information: http://odk.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/caucus_statement.pdf and http://www.achsnatl.org/quick_link.asp, but you may want to do additional research as well.
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.