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Honors College Progression Policies

Given that a student must have a GPA of 3.5 or better to graduate "with honors" or "with high honors" and must complete at least 7 hours of activities (an "activity" is defined as an honors course, a course contracted as an honors course, honors approved study abroad, or other honors approved project), the University Honors Council has established standards to be met during the student's enrollment at ESU.

In order to remain in the Honors College after admission, a student must maintain active involvement in the honors program as defined below.  

Total hours completed Activities completed Minimum GPA     
30 1 3.2
60 3 3.3
90 6 3.4
Students should enroll in CW 111 Honors Program Seminar as soon as possible after acceptance into the Honors College.  The CW 311 Honors Junior Seminar course is usually taken during the junior year.  Both of these courses must be completed prior to graduation "with honors".

Probationary Status for Students in the University Honors College

If either the student's involvement falls below that shown above or the GPA falls below the level listed above, he/she will be placed on Honors probation.

Removal from Probation

At the end of the probationary semester, if the student's cumulative GPA meets the minimum standard listed above, he/she will be returned to regular Honors status.

Continued Probation

If at the end of the probationary semester, the student earned a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and completed one Honors activity, but the cumulative GPA is still below the level listed above, the student will remain on Honors probation.

Dismissal from Honors College

If the semester GPA for the probationary semester is below 3.5 and the cumulative GPA is below the level listed above, then the student will be dismissed from the Honors College.

A student who is to be dismissed from the University Honors College may appeal in writing to the Director of the Honors College to remain on probationary status and include in the appeal a strategy for improvement.  The Director and the Honors College Advisory Council may reinstate the student.  If/when the student's level of involvement meets the level listed above, the student will be returned to regular Honors status.