Frequently asked questions about the Honors Program at ECU
- What does it take to qualify to apply for the Honors Program?
3.5 high school grade point average and an ACT composite score of 26 or higher for beginning first-year students.
- What does it take to stay in the Honors Program?
You’ll need to maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA, attend monthly meetings and fulfill service hour requirements.
- Isn’t it a lot of extra work?
To graduate with university Honors requires 24 total hours of Honors coursework:
15 hours of Honors general education courses (4 on-campus Honors Seminars). These courses count as general education credits required of all students.
1 off-campus engagement experience (study abroad, OSLEP, research internship)
9 hours of departmental honors: These courses count in your major.
3 hours: writing-intensive course (may be in your major)
6 hours: honors research (may be two modified courses or a thesis)
The Honors general education courses are specialized, interdisciplinary seminars offered only to honors students. They are designed to be qualitatively different from non-honors coursework: Because the seminars are unified by a central question, students have a cohesive learning experience. Because the enrollments are usually smaller, they tend to be more discussion-oriented, and the professors have more time to personally interact with students. Because the Honors program is committed to active learning, professors are encouraged to be innovative in approach and style. The requirements in an honors course may be more rigorous than in a standard section, but because everyone in class is an honors student, the students enrolled usually find that their grades are about the same, and maybe even higher, than those they get in regular courses.
- Is there added expense?
Unlike some schools, we don't charge extra for our honors courses. Some events, such as the orientation for first-year students, will have a small fee, but the basic curriculum is offered to you as part of your tuition.
- Can I be in the honors program while I'm an athlete?
Yes--you already know about time management; you are already a high achiever. You will need to stay focused on your goals, but it can be done.
- I've enrolled concurrently, taken AP courses, or plan to take CLEP exams. Won't that make getting my honors Gen Ed hours difficult?
Many honors students take AP courses and credit by exam. Since only 1/3 of your Gen Ed hours need to be honors, most students don't find this to be a problem. We'll work with you to make certain you can stay on course.
- What if I'm not certain I can handle it?
Try it for a semester. If it's not for you, it's easy to change your coding. You can continue your studies at ECU as a traditional student without delaying your progress towards graduation.
- Can International students, continuing students, and transfer students join the honors program?
Of course, we're happy to have you join us. International students with an ACT score of 27, and continuing and transfer students with a 3.5 g.p.a. and faculty recommendations are welcome to apply to the program.
- Is scholarship money available especially for Honors students?
Virtually every Honors student receives scholarship and/or financial assistance. The application process for all university scholarships and financial aid is handled by the student development office. The deadline each year is in early spring.