Frequently Asked Questions: General


Q. What is the deadline to apply to the Honors College?

A. We accept applications from all students at any time during the year. It takes about 2 business days to process the application and to notify you of acceptance. To apply, fill out the Honors College Application Form.

Q. What are the requirements for acceptance?

A. Students who have completed 0-8 hours of college-level courses must meet one of the following:

  • Top 10% of your high school graduating class*
  • A high school GPA equivalent to a 3.5 on a traditional 4.0 scale*
  • 1150 or higher on the SAT* (combined Mathematics and Critical Reading sections) 
  • 26 or higher combined score on the ACT*

    * Please include a copy of your high school transcript,
    SAT scores and ACT scores as appropriate.

Students who have completed at least 9 hours of college-level courses must meet the following:

  • A college GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Q. What is the deadline to apply to be an Honors College Fellow?

A. To be considered for admission as an Honors College Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year, students must submit a completed application file and supplemental materials by April 15, 2016.

Q. What are the requirements for acceptance?

A. High School Graduates who have completed 0-8 hours of college-level courses must meet the following:

  • Top 10% of your high school graduating class*
  • A high school GPA equivalent to a 3.5 on a traditional 4.0 scale*
  • 1150 or higher on the SAT* (combined Mathematics and Critical Reading sections) 
  • 26 or higher combined score on the ACT*
  • Completed Honors College Application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing Sample
  • Completed FAFSA
  • Personal Interview

    * Please include a copy of your high school transcript,
    SAT scores and ACT scores as appropriate.

   If you meet the first 4 requirements, please fill out the Honors College Fellows Application and submit all supplemental materials by the dates listed above.

Q. What are the benefits if accepted?

A. The benefits of The Honors College are many – and each student will find something unique that appeals to him/her. For example, many students find that the dynamic nature of the courses and the challenge inherent in them are the biggest benefit. Some students are looking for a “leg up” when transferring to another college/university. All Honors students have access to scholarships, specialized advising, opportunities to participate in local and regional conferences, Honors designation on transcript, Honors graduation distinctions and more. Honors College Fellows have additional benefits such as a full scholarship culminating in an Honors AA or AS degree, book allowances, cash stipends and more. Honors Graduates also will have a competitive application for some of the most prestigious undergraduate transfer scholarships available, including those offered by the Jack Kent Cooke and Terry Foundations.

Frequently Asked Questions: Honors Courses

Q. How do I register for an Honors Course?

A. Registration for an Honors Course must be done through the Honors College office. Please come to CENT 113 to fill out the appropriate paper work. Once a course is requested, the Honors College Director will approve enrollment. Remember, these classes are limited, register as soon as possible!

Q. What do I do if there are no more Honors Courses available?

A. For questions about a class, please contact the Honors College Director.

Q. How many classes are required each semester?

A. The easy answer is “none.” Students are encouraged to monitor their own schedules and abilities. Some terms, you might take 2 Honors classes; other semesters you might not take any. There is no maximum number of classes per semester BUT you must take at least 1 class or contract within 2 semesters of joining or you’ll be put on probation.

Q. Why wasn’t my HONRH Special Topic research approved?

A. HONRH Special topic research may not be approved for many reasons. When consideration is made in deciding whether a class is eligible for a contract:

  1. The class must not be regularly offered as an Honors course. 
  2. The professor must be approved by the Honors Council.
  3. The student must be a member of the Honors College.
  4. The professor in the class must agree to offer the special topic. Faculty are always given the option to accept or not, and some elect not to accept. Remember, this isn’t personal. Professors are busy people, and an HONRH Special Topic is a lot of work for them.

If your HONRH Special Topic research isn’t accepted, we will be happy to work with you to find another section that might be eligible for a HONRH Special topic or to help you plan for the following semester to enroll in and complete an HONRH Special Topic section.

 

Frequently Asked Questions: Ineligibility

Q. What is probation?

A. Probation with The Honors College IS NOT the same as Academic Probation with Lone Star Cy-Fair. A student can be placed on probation with the Honors College if his/her GPA falls below at 3.25 or if he/she fails to take at least 1 Honors class/contract with in 2 semesters of joining.

Q. If I’m dropped from the program can I reapply when I’m eligible to join again?

A. Yes!