All freshman applications will be reviewed for entry into the Honors Program. Admission to the Honors Program requires a minimum high school GPA of 3.75 and a score of at least 1400 on the (new) SAT or 30 on the ACT. If you meet these requirements on your application, you will receive a letter that includes your next steps to enroll in the SJU Honors Program.
To graduate with University Honors, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Successful completion of University Honors requires at least eight semesters of University Honors work. These eight semesters consist of two semesters of team-taught interdisciplinary courses, two one-semester courses in Philosophy or Theology, and four semesters of other Honors courses.
Departmental Honors requires two consecutive semesters of independent study, during which students are responsible for following the administrative procedures laid out in the university catalog. Candidates appear before an examination committee before the conclusion of the full examination period and deliver a report of their research findings. A copy of the completed project is filed with the Honors Director and the appropriate department chair.
University Scholar candidates must register for a minimum of six research credits per semester. The procedures for applying for University Scholar status are the same as Departmental Honors and are laid out in the University catalog.
Students completing both University Honors and either Departmental Honors or University Scholars requirements will graduate as Honors Graduates.