Frequently Asked Questions

About the UNO Honors Program

What is the purpose of the Honors Program?

The Honors Program is designed to challenge academically astute students, offer a curriculum that will prepare them for success in their respective fields, and reward those motivated and competitive enough to achieve high academic goals.

Who qualifies for membership in the Honors Program?

To qualify for membership, first semester freshmen must meet at least one of the following criteria: a composite ACT score of 26, an ACT English section score of 28, an ACT Math section score of 28, a SAT score of 1170 (from two sections in MATH and CRITICAL READING), or be invited by the Honors Director. Continuing or transfer students may also qualify with a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Students maintain their Honors status based on academic performance.

How does one graduate with University and/or Departmental Honors?

As students pursue their various degrees, they must satisfactorily complete 30 hours of honors credit. These may be taken as special honors classes (listed in the bulletin), or contracted honors classes ("Honors Options"). The only required Honors classes are these: Arts and Sciences 1119, an exploration of Greek literature and philosophy; and ENGL 1159, which satisfies the English composition requirement, or ENGL 2279, which fulfills a literature requirement. (A&S 1119 counts as a social science or humanities elective, and it must be taken concurrently with either of the Honors English courses.) These courses should be taken in a student's first or second semester. As seniors, Honors students must complete an Honors thesis. This involves registering for six hours of Honors thesis credit, three to be taken in each of the last two semesters. A student will typically choose an advisor and begin research in the next-to-last undergraduate semester and complete the written portion in the last semester under the direction of the chosen advisor and the Director of the Honors Program. Successful completion of these requirements allows a student to graduate with University and Departmental Honors.

What are the benefits of membership in the Honors Program?

Besides earning the distinction that accompanies academic success, honors students participate in small, challenging classes taught by select faculty. They also have the opportunity to contract with professors of regular classes to receive honors credit by fulfilling additional academic requirements. The senior honors thesis requirement allows students to immerse themselves in advanced independent study, utilizing the experience and guidance of their thesis advisor.

Honors students are recognized not only at graduation. They are regularly accepted at medical schools and law schools, and in prestigious graduate programs across the country. Past students have gone on to the University of Chicago, Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia, for instance.

Honors students also participate in accredited honors organizations, such as the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC), and Louisiana Collegiate Honors Council (LCHC). Additionally, students belong to the UNO Honors Council, which serves as a forum for social activities among honors students. Our students contribute $10.00 per semester (Honors dues) to fund various activities and operations like the College Quiz Bowl, a film series, the production of a newsletter, and the general cost of Honors Council gatherings.

How do I apply?

Applications for membership in the Honors Program are available in the Honors Office, or you can fill out a copy online.

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