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 December 15 at 5 p.m. 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.
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.
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.
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. While there is no minimum criteria for consideration as it is based on each year’s incoming class, for the 2017 Presidential scholar class, the unweighted gpa ranged from a 95% up to 100% and the SAT score ranged from 1380 to 1600 (ACT composite score ranged from a 29 to 36). Students must be United States citizens or permanent residents. Students who receive Presidential Scholarships are automatically admitted to the Honors College.
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.
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 freshman 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 freshman 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, 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: December 31, 2018 5:26 pm EST