Admission to Honors involves established criteria of academic success, but highly motivated students will be considered. Students complete their general education and departmental requirements for graduation in a degree program in other schools of the university. The additional requirements of the Honors College allow them to graduate as Honors College Scholars or Honors College Scholars with University Honors. (See Graduating through the Honors College for more information.)


Admission to the Honors Program

Students may become participants in the Honors program in one of three ways:

  1. As first semester Honors Freshmen selected by application during the prior year. Freshmen are admitted to honors course work through an application process completed in the academic year before they enter the university. Interested high school seniors should submit the Freshman Honors Application in the year before they plan to enter college. Freshman admission to Honors is competitive, based on standardized test scores, high school grades, extracurricular activities, letters of reference, and writing samples.
  2. As FHU students who have completed at least one full-time semester of coursework and who have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. These students will receive letters of invitation at the beginning of each semester in which they are eligible.
  3. As transfer students from other college honors programs that have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Prior honors course work completed through another college honors program may count toward the requirements for graduation as an FHU Honors College Scholar or graduation with University Honors.


Students who fall into one of these three categories may join the FHU Honors program upon successful completion of the HON 200 Introduction to Honors course.


Continuation in the Honors Program

Students who are admitted to the Honors program will remain eligible for honors course work as long as they maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.


Admission to the Honors College

Students are eligible to apply for membership to the Honors College if they:

  1. have received at least three honors credit hours at FHU,
  2. have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA,
  3. have completed less than six semesters as a full-time college student, and
  4. must complete at least two additional semesters as a full-time college student before graduation.


To apply for membership in the Honors College, eligible students must complete an application packet through the Honors Office. All students in the Honors College are required to earn at least 18 honors credit hours.


Continuation in the Honors College

Continuation in the Honors College with "good standing" requires:

  • registration for and completion of honors course work during each semester that the student is enrolled full-time
  • maintenance of at least of a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • satisfactory involvement in community service, and
  • adherence to school regulations.


Students who fail to earn an H grade - A with honors - during a full-time semester (except for a semester spent studying abroad) will be placed on probation during the next academic semester. Removal of probation requires successful completion of honors course work during the semester of probation. Probation for other reasons such as those associated with school regulations can only be removed with the approval of the Dean of the Honors College.

Failure to remove probation or maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA results in suspension from the Honors College and loss of associated privileges. Students suspended from the Honors College may apply for reinstatement after one semester of absence if the student returns to the appropriate GPA and/or an H grade has been earned, and if other changes have been made to satisfactorily address the circumstances of the suspension. Reinstatement requires the approval of the Dean of the Honors College.