FAQs about the Honors Program

The CSU Honors Program nurtures and challenges its Honors Scholars to achieve academic excellence through a rigorous and diverse curriculum and co-curriculum leading to superior preparation for post-baccalaureate success and a prestigious CSU Honors B.A. or B.S. diploma. A 3.5 GPA and at least 32 credit hours are required for admission into the program. Six honors courses, a portfolio including a senior project within the major field, along with a 3.5 cumulative GPA are considered for award of the CSU Honors Diploma at graduation. First-year/freshmen students with a 3.3 GPA may take 1000 level honors courses as a pre-Honors step.

What are the opportunities for student academic distinction here at CSU?
Honors Program membership, six 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.

May 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?
Very likely. An earned CSU Honors diploma carries more prestige.