65-00 Schreyer Honors College

Eligibility for Admission and Retention

  1. Entering first year students with excellent records in secondary school and evidence of aptitude for high academic achievement and students with a record of outstanding academic achievement at the end of their first or sophomore year may be admitted by the dean of the Schreyer Honors College.
  2. To remain in the Schreyer Honors College, a student must give evidence of regular participation (i.e., completion of SHC-approved honors credit) and must maintain a distinguished grade-point average.

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  1. A student in the Schreyer Honors College shall be assigned an honors adviser by the student’s academic college where possible, a regular faculty member in a department of the student’s major interests. The honors adviser shall develop with the student a program of study appropriate to the student.
  2. For students in the Schreyer Honors College, any requirement for graduation other than the total number of credits and those that are external (non-University) in origin may be waived by the faculty of the major. However, it is the responsibility of the honors adviser to make certain the intents of both General Education and major requirements are satisfied. A course chosen for either purpose while a student is in the college will satisfy the corresponding graduation requirement if a student leaves the college.
  3. Successful completion and defense of an honors thesis is required. Up to 6 credits of honors course work may be devoted to thesis preparation.

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Honors Credit

  1. Honors credit can be earned in three ways: by taking an honors course, completing an honors option, or through honors independent study. Courses of these types shall be marked with an H, or other honors suffix (e.g., M, T, or U) on the student’s transcript.
  2. A course in which a Schreyer Honors College student is enrolled becomes an honors option course for that student if the student and the instructor make special arrangements at the beginning of the semester for significant alternative work. Schreyer scholars may also fulfill their honors credit requirement by taking 500-level courses and by studying abroad, although these experiences are not marked with an H on the transcript. First-and second-year scholars may also fulfill their honors credit requirements by taking 400-level courses.

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Participation in the Schreyer Honors College and graduation as a Schreyer Scholar shall be recognized on all official records and at commencement and other appropriate occasions.

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Review and Advisory Committees

  1. The Senate Committees on Undergraduate Education and Curricular Affairs shall provide regular review of the Schreyer Honors College insofar as the Senate reviews all other undergraduate programs. The Dean of the Schreyer Honors College shall sit as an ex-officio member of the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education.
  2. The Dean of the Schreyer Honors College is advised by a faculty advisory committee, a student council, and an external advisory board, in addition to senior administration.


Note: This academic policy was changed to University Scholars Program from Departmental Honors Programs by Senate action on April 1, 1980. It should be further noted that the title, “University Scholars Program” was changed to “Schreyer Honors College” by Senate Council action on January 20, 1998. Departmental and college honors programs in effect in 1980 and continuing uninterrupted may continue in accordance with the departmental regulations and procedures then in effect. For this information, check with the departments that have departmental honors programs. These departments in 2001 are economics, engineering science and English.

M-11 Schreyer Honors College

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