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

This Policies and Procedures reference document further outlines program guidelines for students admitted to NIU Fall 2018 and beyond, including probation and drop procedures, curriculum specifics, and scholarship requirements.


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
  • Upper division seminar (Honors Seminar)
  • Capstone project (Senior Thesis)
  • GPA:
    • Overall - 3.20 minimum
    • Honors courses - 3.20 minimum

This Policies and Procedures reference document further outlines program guidelines for students admitted to NIU Spring 2018 and earlier, including probation and drop procedures, curriculum specifics, and scholarship requirements.

Contact Us

University Honors Program 
Campus Life Building 110
DeKalb, IL 60115

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