University Honors Program FAQ
All students enrolled in the Honors Program are allowed to register for Honors courses, which are typically smaller, taught by highly-ranked faculty, and more discussion-based classes. Courses taken for Honors credit are clearly marked on a student's transcript and add distinction to graduate school and employment applications.
Students who successfully complete the program requirements of 24 hours of Honors credit and the minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA will graduate with an Honors distinction. The student transcript will clearly state that the student graduated through the Honors Program; this is a degree award above the Latin honors of cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude.
Active Honors students also receive priority registration privileges, meaning they can register for courses one business day before the assigned registration date for their classes. Honors advisors also assist Honors students with arranging course schedules and registration, and the Honors Program often offers free or discounted tickets to events such as the University Theatre, Cardinals baseball games, or shows at the Grand Center.
Any high school senior who applies to Saint Louis University and who meets the entrance requirements for the Honors Program is welcome to apply separately to the Honors Program. The entrance requirements for the Honors Program are an ACT score of 30 or more or an SAT score of 1330 or more, AND an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher. More information can be found on the Honors Admissions page.
Yes. By taking full advantage of Honors core seminars, cross-listed courses, contract options, independent study options, and the senior capstone, students who are pursuing these programs can not only complete the University Honors Program requirements, but can use the University Honors Program to enhance their understanding of their discipline and prepare for post-graduate programs.
Yes, if you have fewer than 45 credit hours accumulated and if your SLU GPA is 3.5 or greater, you are welcome to apply for admissions to the program. See the "current student" section of the Honors Admissions page.
University Honors Program students are required to take HR 190 Crossroads: An Introduction to Honors (during the first semester). They then can take Honors sections of core classes which are designed for greater interaction between the instructor and their classmates. The courses stress independent work and thinking. Honors students are also required to take one upper-level Honors Senior seminar, which are designed to help students examine their education, questioning the judgment of the worth of diverse knowledge. Honors students are required to complete a minimum of three (3) hours of HR 490 Senior Honors Capstone. This requirement can be completed in conjunction with a senior paper or project required by the student's major. More information about the Honors curriculum can be found here.
Honors students are expected to complete a minimum of 24 hours of Honors course work. This credit requirement translates to one Honors course per semester, although it is acceptable to take more than one course in a semester or to skip semesters if your curriculum demands it. Transfer students can transfer up to 12 Honors credits at the discretion of the Director of the Honors Program.