Frequently Asked Questions
What follows are Frequently Asked Questions about The University Honors Program at Southern Polytechnic State University and
- What are the advantages of being in the Honors Program?
While the main advantage of participation in the Honors Program is the intellectual challenge of the curriculum, there are
other advantages as well (See Honors Advantages for a more complete list):
- Eligibility for Honors scholarships or out-of state tuition waivers as appropriate
- Special orientation programs
- Priority registration
- Honors course designation on student transcripts
- Small classes
- Honors advising
- Social and extracurricular opportunities
- Recognition upon graduation: in the commencement program, on the diploma, and with an honorary symbol as part of the graduation
- Are the courses harder? Do they require more time?
Most students will find that the courses are a bit more difficult and may take a bit more time. However, Honors students are
rewarded with smaller class sizes, more professor-student contact, and a better opportunity to engage in their studies, to
critically reflect on their ideas, and to get feedback from the professor and other students. Professors do not necessarily
make the coursework more difficult; rather they enrich it with practices that aren't always possible in larger classes.
- What are the benefits of living on campus as an Honors student?
Students who live on campus have many opportunities to get to know their peers who are also in the University Honors Program.
Students who register early and get their housing information in early will have the opportunity to share a dorm room with
another Honors student in the Howell Residential Hall. For students who are in their 2nd - 4th years, the Honors House is
- What are Honors Students at SPSU like?
Honors students at SPSU are intellectually curious, industrious students. They are motivated to do their best work and to
succeed in college . They often show promising leadership skills as well
- I'm interested in majoring in ___. I don't see Honors courses for my major.
Early Honors coursework takes place in core classes such as composition, calculus, and chemistry. Honors courses in the major
fields are intended for 3rd and 4th year students. These classes may be interdisciplinary seminars, independent research,
and capstone and thesis work.
- What scholarship opportunities are available?
Scholarships are available from SPSU for Honors students entering the program. The top students in the group will be awarded
$1,000 scholarships for the upcoming year. Students who receive scholarships must maintain their position within the Honors
Program. Outside scholarship and fellowship information is made available to all Honors students (See the link for scholarships
at the Honors Current Student site). Honor students who are interested in this type of scholarship will want to maintain a
high GPA and participation in organizations and campus life.
- What is the Student Honors Council and how do I join it?
The Student Honors Council is the student organization that supports the University Honors Program. Students run for membership
or office every August. The membership includes 1st - 4th year students. These students have the chance to influence fundraising,
social activities, and governance linked to the University Honors Program (See the link for the Student Honors Council for
- I'm close to meeting the admissions guidelines. Can I still apply?
Yes. Students who do not strictly meet the guidelines for admission, but who have other achievements that show promise of
academic excellence are encouraged to apply. Students should be sure to indicate on their applications extra-curricular activities
and Honors or AP course work.
- How will I be kept up-to-date about the Honors Program?
Before school begins, students will receive letters from the program that indicate acceptance into the program, orientation
information, and so on. Once the school year begins, communication will be maintained largely through e-mail and the Honors
listserv. Students who wish to stay on top of social activities, advising information, scholarship information, and so on
will want to check their e-mail regularly for information. Important information will also be posted at the Honors website.
- How do I become an Honors student if I am already a current student at Southern Polytechnic State University? What if I'm
transferring from another school?
Any current student who wishes to become an Honors student may apply by filling out the application posted at the Honors website:
fac-web.spsu.edu/honors . Transfer students are welcome to apply as well. Most transfer students will take the Honors Departmental
Honors Scholar track and should ensure they have a minimum of two semesters in which to complete this course work.
- Do I have to take an Honors course every semester?
University Honors Scholars must take an Honors course their first semester within the program along with the Honors Hitchhikers
class that acts as an orientation class. After that it is suggested that they take an Honors course every semester their first
two years so that they only have the six hours in their major field left for their junior and senior years. They should accumulate
18 hours before they graduate.
Departmental Honors Scholars must complete the six hours at the upper level. They may not end up taking an Honors class
their first semester.
- What happens during the first-year summer Journey Orientation?
During orientation you will join other, new Honors students for lunch so that you get a chance to meet your peers and learn
about the program. You also will get a chance to meet the Honors staff and to sign up for your Honor classes as well as your
- What do employers and Graduate School personnel think about having Honors courses on my transcript?
Many employers and graduate school personnel are impressed by students who take the initiative to take Honors courses. Your
involvement in an honors program demonstrates to future employers and graduate school personnel your ability to research and
your willingness to face challenges. Employment and graduate school rates are very good for SPSU honors graduates.
- Are there any fees or dues related to the Honors Program?
No, there are no fees or dues related to the program. However, we do expect each student to take part in a fundraiser each
- What are the academic standards for the program?
To earn either a University Honors Scholar Degree or a Departmental Honors Scholar Degree, students must have minimum graduation
GPA of 3.4. For more detailed information click the link to Honors Guidelines.
- Aside from academic standards, what other obligations do I have as an Honors student?
You must attend the mandatory meetings and meet the goals of the program; otherwise, your obligations are the same obligations
that other students at SPSU must meet as they concern academic honesty and good citizenship. Information concerning your obligations
to the university community can be found in the Current Student section within the Honors Student Handbook.
- I would like to visit or tour the campus. Who should I contact?
You should contact the Recruitment Office at (678) 915-3521 or send an e-mail requesting a private visit to firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you wish to meet with Dr. Nancy Reichert, the Director of the University Honors Program, during your visit, make sure
you indicate this when you schedule your meeting.
- Who should I contact for more information about the Honors Program?
You may contact Dr. Nancy Reichert by calling (678) 915-3928 or by e-mailing email@example.com .
- Which major fields at SPSU does the University Honors Program work with?
The University Honors Program works with all of the major fields at the university to ensure that honors students in all programs
can become Departmental or University Honors Scholars.