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If you're considering applying for the Saint Louis University Honors Program but have questions about joining, you may find the following information helpful.  

What are the benefits of the Saint Louis University Honors Program?
  • Honors students are allowed to register for honors-only courses, which are typically smaller, taught by highly-ranked faculty, and discussion-based.
  • Courses taken for honors credit are clearly marked on your transcript and add distinction to graduate school and employment applications.
  • Honors students can register for courses one business day before the assigned registration date.
  • An advisor assists honors students with arranging course schedules and registration.
Is participation in the University Honors Program restricted to certain majors?

No. Students from all majors and pre-professional programs can apply for admission to the University Honors Program. Honors core seminars, cross-listed courses, contract options, independent study options, and the senior capstone allow students in all disciplines, including those pursuing post-graduate studies, to take part in the program.

As an honors student, how will my curriculum differ from other students?
Honors students are required to complete honors experiences as part of the Core Curriculum and in their major field of study. These experiences are often marked by small courses, more discussion-based experiences, and an interdisciplinary approach to learning. The Honors Program also features various outside-of-class "contemplation in action" experiences, which require students to reflect on lived experiences in the context of their personal and vocational development at SLU. Students round out their experience with a culminating scholarly or creative project, which can be completed in conjunction with a senior paper or project required by your major.  More information about the curriculum can be found here.
How many honors courses do I take?

Honors students at SLU are expected to complete a minimum of 25 credit hours of honors coursework. This credit requirement translates roughly to one honors course per semester, although you can take more than one honors course in a semester or skip semesters if your schedule requires it. Transfer students can transfer up to 12 honors credits at the discretion of the University Honors Program director.

Do honors students live together?

Honors students can choose to live in the honors learning community. Student accepted into this program live with other honors students in Spring Hall, take common courses together, and participate in additional events designed exclusively for the learning community.

Is the honors program only open to first-year students?

While the majority of students join as first-year students in their fall semester, students with fewer than 45 earned credit hours are eligible to apply.