Purpose: The Honors Program is an enrichment program—providing a more stimulating intellectual climate or community for our brightest and most motivated students. Students from all disciplines are accepted and interact within classes and at events.
Requirements for completion:
- Honors Seminars—usually taught by full-time professors—are the 'centerpiece' of the program. Students are required to take at least 4 of these seminars while they are here at Alfred. First year students are required to take at least one Honors Seminar in each of their first two semesters.
- Residency—Honors students are required to spend at least 4 semesters in the program, in order to graduate with University Honors.
- GPA—Honors students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.2 to remain in good standing in the program—and must have at least a 3.2 GPA to graduate with University Honors.
- University Honors Thesis—Students must complete a University Honors Thesis (with a residing committee of at least 3 faculty members) to graduate with Honors. The University Honors Thesis does not have to be creditbearing for the student; signing up for Honors Thesis credits is optional.
Application: Honors application requires a transcript, a self-written essay, and a letter of recommendation from a teacher. Students can apply once they’re on campus—up until the first semester of their junior year, as well. Current students entering the program should have at least a 3.5 GPA. Once in the program, students must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA. The Honors application can be found online at this link.
Some basic facts: 160 students in the program (about 8% of AU students); incoming class ranges between 35-50; average SATs for Honors students=1230 (Math + Verbal); Retention for the program is around 93%.
Beyond the classroom: The Honors Program is a COMMUNITY: we have many meetings, gatherings, and even celebrations. There is a separate Honors Orientation, an event called Death by Chocolate, Cultural Field Trips, The Honors Banquet, and Honors Convocation. There is also a leadership program and a Big Brother/Big Sister program within the Honors Program.
The Honors House: Many of the current events take place at the Honors House. This is a place where 5 Honors students reside but it also serves as a location for many of the events. Residents for the Honors House are chosen by application (groups of 5 current Honors students in good standing can apply).
Perks and Extras:
- Honors students are allowed to take 2 credits beyond the normally allowed credit limit for their college as long as the 2 credits are for an Honors Seminar.
- Cultural and educational events are offered to Honors students at agreatly reduced rate.
- Funding to support the Honors Thesis is available; requests are due on February 1st.