Program Requirements

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


Six Classes

Six total points of honors coursework (at least three credits per class):

  • At least four classes outside major.
  • At least two general education classes.
  • At least one University Honors Seminar.
  • One Honors Capstone independent study project.

Tip: You can double up! One class can cover multiple requirements.


Four EngagePLUS Experiences

Achieve EngagePLUS Gold Scholar Status by earning four total points of EngagePLUS experiences in four different categories.


Two Electives

Two classes, two EngagePLUS experiences or one of each.


Minimum 3.30 Grade Point Average

You must maintain a 3.30 minimum overall GPA in order to remain active and take advantage of the program benefits.

Three Classes

Three total points of honors coursework (at least three credits per class):

  • At least two classes outside major.
  • At least one general education class.
  • At least one University Honors Seminar.

Tip: You can double up! One class can cover multiple requirements.


Two EngagePLUS Experiences

Achieve EngagePLUS Silver Scholar Status by earning two total points of EngagePLUS experiences in two different categories.


One Elective

One class or one EngagePLUS experience.


Minimum 3.30 Grade Point Average

You must maintain a 3.30 minimum overall GPA in order to remain active and take advantage of the program benefits.


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

The 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