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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most popular questions we receive in the Honors College and the answers to them.

Q: How do you apply to the Honors College?

A: We welcome applications from all students who are interested in becoming a part of, and contributing to, our Honors College community. Interested students must apply for admission to the University at Buffalo and complete the Honors College’s online interest form. The brief Honors College online form is due by January 5th at 5pm EST. Honors College forms submitted by this deadline will be given first preference and those received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, if space permits.

Q: What is the criteria for Admissions to the Honors College?

A: The Honors College seeks to recruit an incoming class of 325 scholars. Successful applicants typically represent the top 10% of incoming freshmen. The Honors College aims to build a community that is diverse in its talents, interests and background. Students who are intellectually curious, demonstrate a commitment to civic engagement, have shown resilience in the face of adversity and who take ownership of their education are excellent matches.

Q: Can transfer or continuing University at Buffalo students be considered for the Honors College?

A: Yes, transfer and continuing students can be considered for the Advanced Honors Program. Contact Karyn St. George for more information: kcs9@buffalo.edu.

Q: What is the Honors Colloquium?

A: All freshman Honors Scholars participate in a special Honors colloquium during their first semester. Colloquium is a small (25 students per section), two-credit course that centers around service learning. Through tours, guest speakers, readings, weekly class discussions and most importantly, their twenty (20) hours of service in the community, students will learn about the challenges and opportunities currently facing the city of Buffalo. Visit the Honors Colloquium webpage for more information and a list of our current community partners.

Q: Are there any scholarships available?

A: Each year consideration is given to high-achieving freshmen for Provost Scholarships. Selection for the Provost Scholarship is based on academic achievement and cost of attendance. No additional application is needed.

The Presidential scholarship requires a separate application that can be requested from the Honors College. To be considered, students must show outstanding academic merit and typically present a minimum unweighted high school average of 95 and a combined SAT critical reading and math score of at least 1470 or a 33 ACT composite score.

Additionally there is the Millonzi Distinguished Honors Scholarship for an undergraduate student in the creative or performing arts. For more information and application details for the Presidential and the Millonzi Scholarships, visit the Honors College Scholarship page.

Q: What are the requirements to remain in the Honors College?

A: Students must maintain a 3.3 college grade point average during the first year and at least a 3.5 college grade point average in each successive year. Students must have a 3.5 overall college grade point average by the time of graduation to graduate with Honors.

For Honors Scholars entering prior to Fall 2016:

To remain in good standing in the Honors College, Honors Scholars are required to complete 24 credits of coursework. Scholars must complete 8 credits by the end of the Freshmen year (credits earned through the Honors Colloquium and two Honors Seminars) and 16 credits total must be completed by the end of the Junior year to maintain good standing in the Honors College.

For Honors Scholars entering Fall 2016 and later:

To remain in good standing in the Honors College, Honors Scholars are required to complete 21 credits of coursework. Scholars must complete a minimum of 5 credits by the end of the Freshmen year (credits earned through the Honors Colloquium and Honors Seminar) and 13 credits total must be completed by the end of the Junior year to maintain good standing in the Honors College.

The remaining credits can be earned through Undergraduate Research, Internships, Independent Study, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Supervised Teaching, Graduate Coursework, Departmental Honors Coursework, Departmental Honors Thesis or Project, Senior Capstone Coursework, Contract Honors Coursework, Honors Experience Petition, and an Additional Honors Seminar.

Students are allowed to complete a maximum of 9 credit hours per category. At least 3 credits must come from non-coursework categories and no more than 3 Honors Seminars can be taken. Courses offered in your student’s major may be used to meet the Honors Experience requirements. Students should check with their Honors Advisor if they have questions.

Last updated: August 18, 2017 3:37 pm EST