FAQs about the Honors Program


What are the opportunities for student academic distinction here at CSU?
Honors Program membership, five national honor societies, Deans’ List, annual College Honors, Class Honors, Top Scholar Honors, Gold Cord Honors, and various scholarships.

Am I automatically an Honors Scholar If my cumulative GPA is 3.5 or higher?
No, you must apply, qualify and be accepted into the CSU Honors Program in your 2nd or 3rd year.

What am I missing out on, if I choose not to be an Honors Scholar?
Trips, mentorship, priority registration, a CSU honors diploma at graduation, and more!

Do I still get Gold Cord and other recognitions if I’m not an Honors Scholar?
Absolutely!  Gold Cord and other recognitions are based only on your GPA.

Can I take honors courses if I’m not in the Honors Program?
Yes, you just need to have a 3.2 cumulative GPA.

Why should I take honors courses, anyway?
Enhance your transcript; smaller class sections, smart and focused classmates, field trips, and more!

Do I have to be in the Honors Program to live in Wesley Village - Johns and Fox halls?
No, if you have a 3.0 cumulative GPA you are in!

Is the Honors Lounge in Johns restricted to Honors Scholars?
No, all residence of Johns and Fox halls are welcome to use the honors lounge.

What is the toughest Honors Program requirement?
Possibly, that you have to complete a qualified senior project within your major.

Would earning an Honors Diploma help me compete for jobs and graduate school?
Yes, an earned CSU Honors diploma is more prestigious than a regular CSU diploma.