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Honors College Benefits

As an Honors Scholar, you’ll enjoy several benefits and advantages, most of which are extended exclusively to students in the Honors College.

We’ll help you make a quick adjustment to UB, offer enhanced educational opportunities suited to your talents, and assist you in creating a unique educational experience that meets your individual goals.

Personalized Advisement from the Honors College Staff

The Honors staff will help you with academic advisement. They’ll work with you individually to plan your semester schedules and to outline the best methods for achieving your long-term academic goals. They’ll be your general guides, facilitators and advocates throughout your undergraduate years at UB.

Priority Registration

You’ll register for classes first, before all other university students—guaranteeing that you’ll receive the courses you need each semester. Many Honors Scholars pursue multiple majors or minors. Priority registration allows you the flexibility to achieve your academic plans.

Don Schack Student Lounge

The Don Schack Student Lounge is a place for all Honors Scholars to meet, study and relax together. Named for Don Schack, professor of math and champion of Honors Scholars, this space is open to students during the regular operating hours of the Honors College.

Transcript Notation

When you graduate from UB, your transcript will include a permanent notation indicating your special status as a University Honors Scholar.

Honors Living Community

The university reserves a section in the Governors Residence Halls for freshmen Honors Scholars. Many of our students choose to live there together, alongside students who have similar interests.

Faculty Mentors

During your first year as an Honors Scholar, you will be assigned a faculty mentor from your major. Mentors serve as teachers, academic advisors and confidants. They are an excellent resource and contact for Honors Scholars who are entering their chosen discipline.

Fellowships and Scholarships

You’ll also receive personal guidance in applying for national fellowships and scholarships. Many UB students have been recipients of National Science Foundation fellowships, Udall Scholarships, Department of Defense scholarships, Marshall scholarships, and Goldwater scholarships.

Pharmacy Early Assurance Program

Accepted pharmacy freshmen are afforded admission directly to the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree Early Assurance Program (EA) 2+4=6 option. During the two years of undergraduate study and to maintain one’s seat, students must maintain a 3.3 prerequisite GPA, successfully complete an interview, and adhere to all Early Assurance Program Requirements.

School of Nursing Dual Admission Program

Honors Nursing students are guaranteed admission to the upper division Traditional BS in Nursing program provided they satisfy the requirements of the Honors College and the Nursing program. To maintain their seat in the program students must be in good standing with the Honors College, satisfy the School of Nursing minimum admission requirements including prerequisite courses, overall and prerequisite GPA requirements, and submit the Nursing supplemental application all by January 15, typically in their sophomore year.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Early Assurance Program

If you are interested in pursuing the adult clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner programs in adult, family, or psych/mental, consider applying through the early assurance program that waives the GRE/MAT requirement. To be eligible, you must have completed at least 100 credit hours of undergraduate study prior to applying and have earned minimum Nursing GPA of 3.5 in your bachelor’s degree program. For more information and to apply, please visit the School of Nursing’s website.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Dual Admission Program

Undergraduate Exercise Science majors who are members of the University Honors College are guaranteed acceptance to the Doctorate Physical Therapy program as long as they maintain eligibility to be in good standing with the Honors College and meet the necessary admissions requirements for the DPT program, including minimum GRE scores and prerequisite GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students in the Honors College must apply to the DPT program and submit their completed application by the stated deadline.

Last updated: August 12, 2020 10:03 am EST