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Program Requirements


Learn more about the University Honors Program requirements and how you can achieve your academic goals.


Full University Honors = 12 points
  • 3.30 minimum overall GPA
  • Each class must be greater than or equal to three-credits to earn one point
  • Six points of honors coursework
    • At least four points of honors curricular credit outside major
    • University Honors Seminar
    • Honors Capstone independent study project (senior year)
  • Achieve Engage PLUS Gold Scholar status
    • Complete at least four non-credit bearing, co-curricular Engage PLUS learning experiences
  • Two points are required to be completed as honors curricular electives, added Engage PLUS co-curricular experiences or a combination of both
  • Transfer credit
    • Honors courses with a grade of B- or better at previous higher education institutions are articulated
Associate University Honors = 6 points
  • 3.30 minimum overall GPA
  • Each class must be greater than or equal to three-credits to earn one point
  • Three points of honors coursework
    • At least two points of honors curricular credit outside major
    • University Honors Seminar
  • Achieve Engage PLUS Silver Scholar status
    • At least two non-credit bearing, co-curricular learning Engage PLUS experiences
  • One point is required to be completed as an additional honors curricular elective or an added Engage PLUS co-curricular experience

Lower Division Honors
  • 15 credit hours of honors coursework at any level
  • GPA:
    • Overall - 3.00 minimum
    • Honors courses - 3.20 minimum
Upper Division Honors
  • 12 credit hours of 300 and 400 level honors coursework  
  • Upper division seminar (Honors Seminar)
  • Capstone project (Senior Thesis)
  • GPA:
    • Overall - 3.20 minimum
    • Honors courses - 3.20 minimum
University Honors
  • 27 credit hours of honors coursework
    • 12 credits outside the major area
    • 12 credits of upper division courses
  • Lower division seminar (Cornerstone)
  • Upper division seminar (Honors Seminar)
  • Capstone project (Senior Thesis)
  • GPA:
    • Overall - 3.20 minimum
    • Honors courses - 3.20 minimum

Contact Us

University Honors Program 
Campus Life Building 110
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-0694
Email: honors@niu.edu