COLUMBIA — The Honors College at MU is a bit different than that AP Biology course you took in high school. This prestigious community offers challenging yet rewarding opportunities for students who are a part of it.
Here's the process of becoming part of the Honors College. Information was taken from its website.
Why do I want to be in the Honors College?
Honors courses are usually capped at around 20 students, creating a more intimate learning environment that allows students to work closely with the faculty and other students. Honors students can participate in research projects with faculty members as well.
If you're a student in the Honors College, you'll have the opportunity to apply for scholarships that non-honors students are not eligible for. These include the Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship, the Rhodes Clay Scholarship, the W. Alton Jones Memorial Scholarship and the Honors College Freshman Scholarship.
There are also many opportunities for community within the college; it holds events for its students, including alternative spring break, an honors ball, a book club, meals with faculty and workshops.
Fully admitted freshmen in the Honors College can join an Honors Freshman Interest Group.
Honors FIGs are groups of students who live in the same residence hall and take three courses together, two of them honors courses, their first semester. Each FIG is also run by a peer adviser, who will serve as a resource for the students in the FIG.
How do I apply?
Incoming freshmen can be directly admitted to the Honors College if they submit an application, have a 29 or higher on the ACT, or a 1280 or higher on the SAT and are in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.
If you don't meet these criteria, you're not necessarily out of the running. You're just required to submit an essay with your application, petitioning for a spot in the Honors College.
Some individuals may fit into the category of provisionally admitted incoming freshmen. While this means you're not officially a member of the Honors College, you are still allowed to enroll in one honors course during your first semester.
You'll be automatically admitted to the Honors College if you have a cumulative MU GPA of 3.5 or higher after your first semester.
The last deadline for incoming students to apply for the Honors College was the third Friday in May. If you missed this deadline, though, you can still apply for the Honors College next year.
After completing at least two semesters (30 credit hours) at MU with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, students can submit an application to the Honors College for consideration.
What will I have to do?
So you've been admitted to the Honors College and you're wondering what you've gotten yourself into. Here's what you need to know.
Students must maintain an MU GPA of 3.0 or higher to stay in the Honors College. If your GPA dips below that after fall semester, you'll receive a warning letter. If it's still below 3.0 after winter semester, you'll be kicked out and have to re-apply to get back in.
To graduate from the Honors College with a General Honors Certificate, you must take a total of 20 hours of honors courses while at MU. Students can complete this requirement by taking honors sections of regular courses, participating in independent study or getting special permission to take non-honors courses for honors credit, called learning-by-contract.
If you're enrolled in a learning-by-contract class, you'll be required to do more work than other non-honors students in the class. Only six hours of learning-by-contract credit can be counted toward your 20-hour requirement.
Where can I go for more help?
On top of the academic adviser assigned to you for your specific major, honors students also get their very own Honors College adviser. They can help you choose honors classes, keep your requirements straight and answer any questions you may have.
Whether you're in the Honors College already or just looking for some more information, the advisers are available to help with questions or concerns.
Students are encouraged to stop by the Honors College office in room 210 of Lowry Hall, or call the Honors College at 882-3893.