Honors Program

The Honors Program at UF is directed by an Honors Program Advisory Board composed of faculty and staff which reports to the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Honors Program Mission

The UF Honors Program engages exceptional students in a rigorous curriculum that encourages deep and broad thinking about a large range of topics. Our program supports self-directed scholarship through an innovative and interdisciplinary learning environment. We also respect the learner by providing choice and guidance as they progress through their program and strive towards excellence.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Honors Program, a student must meet one of the following requirements:
  1. A high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.80 or above or an ACT composite score of 27 or higher or equivalent SAT score of 1820;
  2. One semester of full-time enrollment or 12 hours of credit at The University of Findlay with a total cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher; or
  3. One semester of full-time enrollment and a total cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher earned from another regionally accredited institution.

Graduation Requirements

At commencement, students meeting all requirements for the Honors Program will be recognized by designation as an Honors Scholar in their chosen field of study. Students achieving this honor will wear The University of Findlay’s bachelor’s hood and will receive a certificate from the President during commencement exercises. Successful completion requires the following:
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher;
  • Attendance at biannual meetings; one meeting per semester;
  • Completion of one credit hour of HNRS 195;
  • Completion of three credit hours of HNRS 495 and all associated requirements of the major honors project;
  • Completion of three credit hours selected from HNRS 370, HNRS 371, HNRS 372, or HNRS 373;
  • Completion of nine additional credit hours from HNRS 370, HNRS 371, HNRS 372, HNRS 373, honors contract courses, or honors courses transferred in from another institution.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all honors and honors contract courses.

Honors Contract Courses

Honors contract courses require approval from the instructor as well as the Honors Advisory Board. Approved honors contract courses may be any major, elective, or general education course with an additional honors component. Students using honors contract courses to satisfy the elective option will receive the credit hours assigned to the regularly offered course. Students using honors contract courses must meet the minimum grade expectation as well as successfully complete the additional honors component. Additional credit hours will not be added to courses being used as honors contract courses.

Biannual Honors Meetings

Students are also required to attend one Honors Program meeting per semester. These mandatory meetings are intended to provide peer support and socialization as you progress towards degree completion. Topics covered in the meetings will vary according to student interest and needs.

Benefits

All students in the Honors Program will be assigned an Honors Program advisor to facilitate course registration, answer questions, and assist in successfully completing the program requirements. At commencement, students meeting all requirements for the Honors Program will be recognized by designation as an Honors Scholar in their chosen field of study. Students achieving this honor will wear The University of Findlay’s bachelor’s hood and an Honors cord and will receive a certificate from the President during commencement exercises.

Good Standing in the Honors Program

In order to remain in good standing in the Honors Program, honors students must maintain a cumulative University GPA of 3.25 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all honors and honors contract courses. In addition, students must follow the recommended timeline so all Honors Program requirements can be completed within the expected time frame.

Honors Program Probation

Honors students will be placed on Honors Program probation if one or both of the following occur:
  1. Cumulative University GPA falls below 3.25
  2. Cumulative GPA in honors and honors contract courses falls below 3.00 (B)
If either of the above occurs, the student will be informed by his/her Honors Program advisor of the probation and how the student can be reinstated. Students will remain on Honors Program probation for a maximum of two semesters. During this time, students will have an opportunity to raise their University GPA and/or honors GPA to the above standards. Students should continue to take honors courses during the probationary period.
If a student fails to return to the required cumulative GPA after two semesters of probation, he or she will be dismissed from the Honors Program.

An honors student will be placed on Honors Program probation only once. If the University cumulative GPA or honors course GPA falls below the required minimums a second time, the student will be dismissed from the Honors Program.

Reinstatement to the Honors Program

A student on Honors Program probation may apply for reinstatement to the program when the cumulative University GPA is at least 3.25 and the honors GPA is at least 3.0. At that time, the student must complete and submit a reinstatement online form for approval.

Honors students will be allowed only one reinstatement during their degree program. If a student fails to meet the GPA requirements after reinstatement, he or she will be dismissed from the Honors Program.

Dismissal from the Honors Program

A student will be dismissed from the Honors Program if any of the following conditions are met:
  1. A student on Honors Program probation fails to achieve a cumulative University GPA of 3.25 and a cumulative honors course GPA of 3.0 within two semesters of being placed on probation.
  2. An honors student who has been reinstated fails to achieve a cumulative University GPA of 3.25 and/or a cumulative honors course GPA of 3.0
  3. A student fails to attend more than two of the required bi-annual meetings without a verifiable excuse.
  4. Students in the Honors Program are expected to act with integrity and to follow the University’s Academic Integrity policies. Therefore, an honors student will be dismissed from the Honors Program if a sanction is determined as the result of any levels of academic dishonesty.

Resignation from the Honors Program

Students who no longer wish to participate in the Honors Program may choose to resign from the Program. Students considering resignation must meet with their Honors Program advisor to discuss the reasons for this action to confirm their resignation.