Frequently Asked Questions
Interested in learning more about Honors? Take a look at common questions that are asked and discover more about our Program.
Honors students have personalities and interests as diverse as the rest of the student body. Some major in professional fields such as engineering, aviation, computer science and pre-law, while others are in the liberal arts.
As the common denominator, members of the Honors Program tend to be genuinely and deeply interested in ideas. They read widely, talk with enthusiasm on many different subjects and like to write. Students often form lasting friendships with other Honors students.
To graduate with Honors distinction, you must complete the 24 required credits and maintain a 3.2 overall GPA throughout your academic career. In addition, to maintain a tuition waiver, you must maintain this GPA every semester.
No. Since most of the Honors courses will be ES-validated or at the 300-level or above, you will be earning necessary credits for graduation from UND while you complete Honors simultaneously. In addition, the extra support you receive from Honors staff and faculty will help to keep you motivated and on track to achieve your goals.
No. You may switch tracks at any time, and count the courses you’ve taken already for your new track.
Honors courses aren't harder; they’re different. They challenge students through reading, writing, active community engagement, and discussion. You will be surrounded by peers and faculty who motivate you to dig a bit deeper and to be an active participant in your classes.
You may leave the Honors Program at any time. Credits earned through Honors count toward graduation and the general education requirements.
You do not pay any additional fees for participating in the Honors Program. In fact, Honors is able to offer a limited number of partial tuition waivers to select students.
Yes, Honors is happy to have students who enter our program with post-high school college experience, either from UND or from another institution. We can work with you individually to help you navigate Honors requirements. We are a flexible, student-centered program, and can make accommodations to compensate for your previous college coursework. You can also complete a transfer student application if you are coming from another institution.
There are several ways to engage and take on leadership roles within the Honors Program. You can be an Honors Ambassador who represents the program at various recruitment events throughout the year; you can seek leadership within the Honors Program Student Organization (HPSO) and help to come up with programming and events for other Honors students; you can serve on the Honors Committee, consisting of select faculty, staff, and students, to advise on Honors policies; you can also be a member or officer of the Honors Service Learning Group (H-SLuG); and you can create your own projects, initiatives, publications, or collaborations!