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Honors Program: Frequently Asked Questions

If I try the Honors Program and change my mind, will it hurt me?

No. All of the Honors in the Core courses count toward graduation and are accepted by all majors.

Do honors students need more credits to graduate?

No.

Sounds great so far. Are there any other benefits?

Yes, a big one. Honors students get to register one week ahead of other students. As a result, you are almost guaranteed the classes you want, at the times you want, and with the professors you want. Before you register, the Honors Program Director and other advisors will work with you to carefully plan your academic schedule. Also, we'll keep you informed of scholarship opportunities. Being part of the Honors Program will be considered a positive factor in the evaluation of scholarship awards.

Will I have a life outside of the classroom?

Absolutely. Honors students travel on field trips, attend plays, go on restaurant hops, and get together at the homes of some of their professors. The Honors Program Lounge, Solms 101, gives students an opportunity to study, relax, and gather away from the more crowded parts of campus. Altogether, the Honors Program creates an atmosphere of learning and camaraderie that lasts throughout your Armstrong years.

How well will I get to know other Honors students?

You'll learn as much in college from your peers as from your professors. The Honors Program is set up so that you meet fellow honors students in classes, in social settings, and in extracurricular activities. In addition, groups of Armstrong Honors students will attend regional and national conferences where Honors students present the results of their undergraduate research. There, you'll get to meet Honors students from all over the country.

Will it hurt my chances to get into graduate school?

You'll find that the academic skills you develop in honors classes are precisely those needed in graduate school. And the close relationships with professors and the student friendships you develop in the Honors Program will help you in all of your classes and in your future career.

Will taking Honors courses hurt my GPA?

If you do well in regular classes, you'll do well in honors classes, too. And the fact that you took honors level work is clearly indicated on your transcript.

Aren't the Honors Program classes just more work?

The Honors Program classes are meant to be challenging; they aren't meant to be torture. Honors courses are designed to be innovative, enjoyable, and rewarding since students of similar abilities are grouped together in small classes. You'll get to know your professors well- just the kind of thing that helps when you need letters of recommendation. The books, papers, tests, and projects will expand the way you think. The number of assignments will be about the same--they'll just be more interesting and more creative. They won't be busy work.

How do I get into the Honors Program?

Simply fill out the Honors Program Application form, print and send to us, and Dr. Roberts will review it and keep you posted on further developments. There are a few requirements that you should be aware of while considering being a part of the Honors Program:

Entering students may apply to the Honors Program if two criteria are met: 1) 3.5 or higher high school GPA, and 2) an ACT score of at least 25 / a combined Evidence-Based Reading + Mathematics SAT score of at least 1200.

Continuing students may apply to enter the Honors Program if they have at least a 3.3 overall GPA at the university level and are either enrolled in or have completed an Honors course. Transfer students may graduate with the designation "Graduate of the Armstrong Honors Program" if they meet the following requirements, finish with a final GPA of 3.3 or above; complete a satisfactory Honors in the Major Project, and earn grades of B or better in the designated number of courses from the Honors in the Core curriculum. Students transferring with 60+ credit hours will be required to take only one such Honors in the Core course; students entering with 30-59 hours will need two; students with 15-29 will need three; and students with fewer than 15 will need four (like all other Honors Program students).

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