Director: Rocio Rivadeneyra
Honors Program Building
207 South Main Street
Campus Box 6100, Normal, IL 61790-6100
Phone: (309) 438-2559
Honors Program Requirements
Honors Seminar: All students admitted to the Honors Program will take HON 102A17: Honors Mindset Seminar in their first semester. Successful completion of HON 102A17 (defined as earning a “B” or better) is required to continue in the Honors Program.
Grade Point Average: Honors students are required to maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA. Students whose cumulative GPA falls between 3.00 and 3.29 will be placed on Honors Probation, which allows them the opportunity to raise their GPA while enjoying the benefits of the Honors Program. Students on Honors Probation have up to two semesters to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.30 or higher. While on probation, students must achieve at least a 3.30 semester GPA. Students who fail to meet these requirements or whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.00 will be academically ineligible to continue in the Honors Program.
Honors Participation: Honors students are required to complete one Honors Learning Experience each semester. Part-time students (enrolled in less than 12 credit hours) are required to complete one Honors Learning Experience for every 12 credit hours completed.
- Honors experiences that are credit-generating may not be taken pass/no pass and must result in a grade of "C" or better.
- Students who complete multiple Honors Learning Experiences in one semester may "bank" one experience to use in a future semester.
- Only one Honors Learning Experience can be "in the bank" at a time.
- Honors Learning Experiences are not required in the summer; however, a summer Honors Learning Experience can be banked if the bank is "empty" or can fulfill the participation requirement for the following fall semester.
- A variety of types of Honors Learning Experiences is encouraged.
When students are enrolled in the following experiences, they are not required to complete an Honors Learning Experience.
- Study abroad
- Student teaching (registered for STT 399)
- Fall semester of Professional Development School Internship
- Field-based semesters for Special Education majors (not practicum)
- Full-time internships (12 hours of credit)
- Full-time clinical rotations (Medical Lab Science majors)
BS/MPA Accounting majors:
Once students in the BS/MPA Accounting major are classified as graduate students, they are no longer required to complete Honors Learning Experiences. Please note that classification as a graduate student is based on the completion of 120 credit hours, not when students are admitted to the graduate program or when they are enrolled in a graduate level class.
Students are still required to have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 to remain in good standing in the Honors Program.
Honors Suspension: Students who do not complete an Honors Learning Experience and do not have one "banked" are placed on Honors Suspension for the following semester. Students lose the privilege of early registration during the Suspension semester.
In order to regain good standing, students must complete an Honors Learning Experience during the Suspension semester. Students do not have to make up the missed experience.
There is only one Suspension semester; if a student fails to complete an experience in a future semester, s/he will be ineligible to continue in the Honors Program.
Honors Program Graduation Designations
Honors Program Scholar: To achieve this designation, students must earn a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA at the time of graduation; participate in the Honors Program a minimum of 3 semesters; successfully complete a minimum of three Honors Learning Experiences; and continue to complete an Honors Learning Experience each semester in the Honors Program through graduation. “Honors Program Scholar” is indicated on the transcript and in the Commencement Booklet. Honors Program Scholars wear red cords at commencement.
Honors in the Major: Students must be a member of the Honors Program in good standing at the time of graduation, which includes having a 3.30 cumulative GPA and completion of one Honors Learning Experience per semester in the program. Students must have a minimum 3.50 major GPA at the time of graduation. Departments and schools partner with the Honors Program to specify the types of Honors Learning Experiences required to achieve this designation. Requirements are available on the Honors Program website. “Honors in the Major” is noted on the transcript, in the Commencement Booklet, and on the diploma.