Whether you take one honors course or aim for an Honors Distinction upon graduation, participating in Honors speaks volumes about your abilities and aspirations. Honors designations on your transcript will stand out on university applications and improve your chances of being admitted to the university, college, or program of your choice.
No, there is usually a world of difference between high school and college honors courses. In many high schools, honors courses are just the normal courses “made harder” with extra readings, extra assignments, and extra hard grading of students. But at college, honors courses are specially “enriched” courses, not normal courses made “harder,” and grading standards are the same as in normal college courses.
No. If you meet the eligibility requirements for Honors, you have the ability to succeed in your honors courses and contracts. You will also gain confidence in your own abilities by working with the best students on campus. Most honors students describe Honors as a “family”—with both peer and faculty mentoring to increase student success.
No, honors courses aren’t graded harder (or easier) than other college courses. A student who averages a 3.5 in regular courses will probably have a 3.5 GPA for honors courses, too. In fact, our data indicates that most LSC honors students maintain or improve their GPA’s after participating in Honors.