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The University Honors Program

The University Honors Program of Southern Polytechnic State builds upon the university's excellent reputation for providing both theoretical and practical, applied approaches to learning. Honor students are given the opportunity to develop their talents and skills in an expanded and enriched curriculum featuring seminar-size classes that demand intellectual rigor.


All prospective Honors students must apply to the Honors Program. Incoming freshmen who have at least a 1200 SAT score or ACT equivalent and at least a 3.5 high school GPA will be guaranteed automatic admission to the Honors Program. Students who do not strictly meet these guidelines, but who have other achievements that show promise of academic excellence are encouraged to apply. Students may download an application from the web site www.spsu.edu/honors/.


  • While the main advantage of participation in the Honors Program is the intellectual rigor of the curriculum, there are other advantages as well:
  • Eligibility for Honors scholarships or out-of state tuition waivers as appropriate
  • Special Orientation Programs
  • Priority Registration
  • Honors course designation on student transcripts
  • 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 regalia.

Program Guidelines

To earn the University Honors Scholar Diploma at Southern Polytechnic State University, students must complete 18 credit hours of Honors course-work and at least 6 of those hours must be upper division course-work.

To earn the Departmental Honors Scholar Diploma, the student must complete 6 hours of enriched upper division course-work or directed study.

Students must have a minimum graduation GPA of 3.5 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in Honors course-work to earn an Honors Diploma. All students must complete an Honors Project and an Honors Presentation. In addition, students are required to submit a final written report that is bound and placed in the library.

Probation and Dismissal

Students that fall below the required GPA are placed on probation for one semester. A student on probation whose GPA does not meet the requirements at the end of their next enrolled semester will be dismissed from the Honors Program