Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

Q: WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE HONORS COLLEGE? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP?

A: The benefits of joining the Honors College are intellectual, communal, and professional. A member of the Honors College pursues rigorous honors coursework, builds relationships and networks with other highly motivated students and honors faculty members, and graduates with a citation from the Honors College on his or her diploma. While such recognition distinguishes an honors graduate among others applying for professional positions and graduate school, many of the rewards of joining the Honors College are less tangible but equally powerful: personal growth and the satisfaction of intellectual challenge. Honors college students engage the community in a variety of ways and are encouraged to become leaders at Purdue and beyond.

Honors College membership also comes with the following resources:

  • The option to live in honors housing throughout your time at Purdue (Incoming students who live on campus are required to live in honors housing during their first year)
  • Honors College co-curricular and extracurricular activities
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Priority registration

Q: HOW DO I JOIN THE HONORS COLLEGE?

A: If you are an incoming student, Honors College admission is by invitation only.

If you are a continuing Purdue student or admitted Purdue transfer student with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at your current college or university and have at least 4 semesters remaining at the Purdue West Lafayette campus before graduation, you may apply. The Honors College application deadline for continuing Purdue students and admitted Purdue transfer students will be the second Friday of classes in fall and spring semesters.

Q: WHO CAN APPLY?

A: Any continuing Purdue student or admitted transfer student who meets Honors College entrance requirements may apply.  Application deadline is the second Friday of each semester.

Q: WHAT ARE THE HONORS COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS?

A: To join the Honors College, a student must have a 3.50 grade point average or higher and at least four semesters of study remaining before graduation.  Students entering the Honors College must agree to complete the Honors College curriculum, which may be found here.

Q: MAY I TRANSFER INTO THE HONORS COLLEGE FROM MY CURRENT HONORS PROGRAM AND LATER RETURN TO THAT PROGRAM LATER UNDER THE PREVIOUS REQUIREMENTS?  

A: UHP students who transfer into the Honors College may not rejoin the UHP, membership for which is now closed.  Students in college honors programs should seek the advice of the program director.

Q: MAY I JOIN A COLLEGE HONORS PROGRAM INSTEAD OF THE HONORS COLLEGE?

A:  No. As of fall 2013, all admission to honors will be through the central Honors College rather than individual college honors programs.

Curriculum

Q: What is the Honors College Curriculum?

A: Honors students must take 24 credits of honors coursework including five credits of HONR courses and 19 electives. Students must also complete a thesis or scholarly project before they graduate.

Q: What is an honors contract?

A: The honors contract provides the opportunity to complete honors assignments in a “regular” course and use the hours towards fulfilling honors diploma requirements. Honors contract work is part of the course grade. Honors Contracts are due by the second Friday of the semester. Late submissions will not be accepted. Honors contract proposals are submitted to the disciplinary college which is offering the course. To download the honors contract proposal form, please visit: https://honors.purdue.edu/current-students/contract-courses/index.html

Q: How can students fulfill the 24-credit requirement?

A: These are the types of courses students can take to count towards the 24 credits.
HONR courses: These are courses offered by the Honors College for Honors College students. All first-year students take HONR 19901 in the fall semester and 19902 during the spring semester.
• H designation courses: These are honors courses offered by other departments.
Credits from H designation courses count toward the electives requirement.
• H contract: An honors contract is an agreement between a student and a professor that allows the student to do an honors project in a regular, non-honors course. The student will earn honors credit for completing the project and the course. These credits count toward the electives requirement.
• Thesis research courses: Students can take honors research courses that are directly related to their thesis topic.

Q: MAY I PURSUE AN HONORS PROGRAM WITHIN MY HOME DEPARTMENT INSTEAD OF OR IN ADDITION TO THE HONORS COLLEGE?

A: Yes. Departmental honors programs are distinct from the Honors College. A student may pursue either or both types of honors.

Q: HOW DO I REMAIN IN GOOD STANDING WITHIN THE HONORS COLLEGE?

A: HC students need to make progress towards an honors degree and maintain a GPA of 3.50 or above. To progress towards the degree, students must take at least one honors course of any kind each academic year, not counting full semesters during which students study abroad. HC students who do not take at least one honors course in an academic year or whose GPA drops below 3.50 for two consecutive semesters will no longer have priority registration, be provided with HC supplemental advising or be guaranteed the option of completing thesis or scholarly work under faculty supervision.

Q: If I join will I still be able to graduate in four years?

A: Absolutely. With proper planning, you can graduate in four years. The Purdue Honors College curriculum is designed to complement your disciplinary plan of study.

Housing

Q: Who is eligible to live in the honors residential communities?

A: Honors College students live with fellow Honors College students as their roommates in the honors residential communities. In academic year (AY) 2014-2015, the honors residential communities are in Duhme Hall (upper-division students, women only) Third Street Suites (upper-division students) and Shreve (first-year and upper-division students).

First-year Honors College students who live in University Residences (on-campus student housing) are required to live in the Honors College community in Shreve Hall with an Honors College roommate.

Due to high demand for honors housing, we cannot accommodate non-Honors roommates in the honors residential communities.

Q: Why must I live with other honors students?

A: The Purdue Honors College is a residential college. The shared living space creates a space where ideas and innovation can flow freely.

Programs

Q: Does the Honors College have study abroad programs?

A: Yes. Please check the travel programs page located here to see our current offerings.

Q: Does the Honors College have student organizations and how do I join?

A: The Honors College has several student organizations. Please visit the student leadership page to learn more about each one and to sign up.

Q: How do I sign up for Honors College events?

A: All events that require registration have links to rsvp on the event calendar.

Other

Q: What is HONR 19901 and 19902?

A: All Honors College students take an introductory course together during their first year. This first-year experience fosters community and collaboration among students. For the 2014- 2015 academic year, first-year students will take HONR 19901, The Evolution of Ideas, in the fall and HONR 19902, The Evolution of Ideas II, in the spring. These courses meet during the first 8 weeks of the semester.

Q: What is Honors Advising?

A: The Honors College provides personalized academic advising for all Honors College students. Honors advising works in tandem with disciplinary advising to ensure that each student finds the best way to incorporate the Honors College curriculum into his or her plan. First- and second-year students are required to meet with their assigned advisor once per academic year.

Q: What is NISO?

A: NISO is the National and International Scholarships Office—a division of the Honors College. NISO assists students with excellent academic records—including but not limited to Honors College students—in applying for prestigious, highly competitive national and international awards. You can find more information here: http://www.purdue.edu/niso/.

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