Criteria for Academic Honors

Student receiving their Honors Convocation cord.

University Scholars

To be recognized as a University Scholar

Bachelor candidates must

  • have a 3.5 - 3.84 cumulative UNH GPA and
  • have at least 100 or more credits by February 15, 2022, of which at least 64 are graded UNH credits. (These 64 credits may include credits for which the student is currently enrolled during the spring semester)

OR

Associate degree candidates must

  • have a 3.5 - 4.0 cumulative UNH GPA and
  • have earned 32 or more credits by February 15, 2022, including at least 12 graded UNH credits. (These 32 credits may include credits for which the student is currently enrolled during the spring semester.)

Presidential Scholars

To be recognized as a Presidential Scholar, students must

  • Have a 3.85 - 4.0 cumulative UNH GPA and
  • have at least 100 or more credits by February 15, 2022, of which at least 64 are graded UNH credits. (These 64 credits may include credits for which the student is currently enrolled during the spring semester).

University Honors Program Scholars

To be recognized as a University Honors Program Scholar, students must

  • Have a 3.5 - 3.84 cumulative UNH GPA  ( or who have been awarded University Honors as certified by the University Honors Program) and
  • have at least 100 or more credits by February 15, 2022, of which at least 64 are graded UNH credits. (These 64 credits may include credits for which the student is currently enrolled during the spring semester) and
  • Have 32 credits of Honors work, including a 4-8 credit independent research project (senior thesis). Typically these credits include work done both in general education and in the student's field of specialization.

University Honors Program Presidential Scholars

To be recognized as a University Honors Program Presidential Scholar, students must

  • Have a 3.85 - 4.0 cumulative UNH GPA and
  • Have at least 100 or more credits by February 15, 2022, of which at least 64 are graded UNH credits. (These 64 credits may include credits for which the student is currently enrolled during the spring semester) and
  • Have completed 32 credits of Honors work, including a 4-8 credit independent research project (senior thesis). Typically these credits include work done both in general education and in the student's field of specialization.

Please Note

  • Enrollment in the Honors Program is not required to receive Honors recognition at Commencement.
  • Notification of Honors recognition eligibility are based on a student’s credit hours and GPA. Non-graduating students who have the required credits and GPA for academic honors but have not met their degree requirements for graduation will receive notifications.
  • If a non-graduating student maintains their GPA, they will be recognized the following year.
  • Notification to students who meet the requirements to participate in the Honors Convocation will be mailed in March of 2022.
  • If you are a graduating senior and plan to attend the commencement ceremony, please register. 
  • No action needs to be taken if a student will not be attending the ceremony.

Students with questions regarding criteria or qualifications for honors should contact the Registrar's Office at registrars.office@unh.edu. However, specific information about grades or averages must be discussed in person, with the student only, and cannot be given over the phone.