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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

Special University Programs

University Honors Program


The University Honors Program (UHP), established by the Academic Senate in 1983, recognizes the achievements and capabilities of outstanding students. The program enriches undergraduate education by offering a personal, intensive approach to learning through small classes of 25 or fewer students. UHP students take a minimum of four honors-designated courses in their freshman and sophomore years, one of which must be an honors 444 seminar. These courses count toward the Discovery Program requirements that all students must fulfill. Students also must complete their department's honors-in-major requirements in order to earn a "University Honors" designation upon graduation (see the "Honors in Major" description below).

Honors courses can be searched for in the online catalog by selecting the attribute "Honors Courses." Enrollment in these courses is generally restricted to members of the University Honors Program. Honors courses are open with special permission to non-honors students with a 3.4 or higher GPA on a space-available basis.

Honors in Major
Currently, there are more than 50 different departments from all five of the University's undergraduate schools and colleges offering honors-in-major programs. Academic work for honors in major requires a minimum of 16 credits, at least four of which will be devoted to a senior thesis project. Students should familiarize themselves with their departments' requirements and should meet with their departmental honors liaison ( After successful completion of the program, students will earn an honors designation on their transcripts and diplomas.

Admissions and Aid
Students gain admittance into the UHP in one of two ways:

  1. The Office of Admissions identifies a number of qualified incoming freshmen to be admitted to the honors program.
  2. Freshman who demonstrate academic excellence are also invited to join the program.

To satisfy University Honors Program requirements, UHP students must meet designated grade-point average requirements. Students admitted to the program prior to the fall semester of 2008 must have a final cumulative grade-point average of 3.2, while students admitted in the fall semester of 2008 or thereafter must have a final cumulative grade-point average of 3.4. All students must meet the grade-point average requirements of their honors-in-major program.

Full-tuition and partial-tuition merit-based scholarships are available to a select number of incoming freshmen. Several partial-tuition scholarships are also awarded to upper-class students. For more information, contact Kate Gaudet, University Honors Program, 211 Hood House, (603) 862-3928, or visit the UHP website at

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