The Honors Program offers highly talented and motivated students a four-year, student-centered experience of academic enhancement, cultural enrichment, leadership training, and professional development that drives them to reach their full potential and become leaders. Every aspect of the program provides special opportunities for qualified students to grow intellectually through contact with a community of Honors students and supportive Honors faculty, staff, and students.
No matter what a student’s future plans, those who participate in the Honors Program will find that it gives them a competitive edge, preparing them for success in the nation’s best graduate schools and in their future careers. Through Honors, students can get the best education the University has to offer.
Admission to and Retention in the Honors Program
Entering freshmen are invited to join the Honors Program if they have earned a cumulative weighted high school GPA of 3.75 and SAT scores (verbal and math only) totaling 1,160 or above or a 26 or greater on the ACT. All public high school Valedictorians and Salutatorians as well as graduates of the North Carolina School of Science and Math are automatically eligible to join if they score at least 1,100 on the SAT and have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.4.
Students with 1,200 or above on the SAT are automatically eligible for the Program as long as they compile a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0. Incoming freshmen who are selected for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program are also automatically eligible to join Honors. All students awarded the Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars Program are required to participate in the Honors Program during their freshman year.
Students already enrolled at NC A&T State University may join Honors if they have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and have completed at least 12 credit hours of classes. To remain in the Honors Program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
Benefits: Members of the Honors Program receive numerous benefits as rewards for taking on the challenges of Honors education. Honors’ students are eligible to live in Joseph McNeil Hall, the all-Honors residence hall, which helps Honors provide a community of student scholars with a place where it is easy to make friends and work together in study groups. Some Honors classes and workshops are held right in the building. Honors’ students are eligible to register early as well as having access to honors specific travel, educational and employment opportunities.
Except for the first semester at A&T, Honors students register before all other students, avoiding the possibility of being frozen out of a class because it is already full. Honors loans out over 200 laptops to members who do not have a computer of their own. The Honors Program also sponsors trips to local cultural events and travel to conferences at little or no cost to students. Recent short-term international study tours have included Ghana, Singapore, Malaysia, France, Italy, and Costa Rica.These study-tours have enabled students to better understand and appreciate cultural differences within the global communities. The Program also sponsors leadership development workshops to help members develop skills they will need after graduation and offers test preparation classes for students getting ready to take exams for admission to graduate or professional school.
Academic Program Options: Incoming freshmen who join the Program are required to take a minimum of 12 semester hours of Honors credit during the first year. After that, members are required to take just one course for Honors credit each semester.
Students who join Honors as incoming freshmen have the opportunity, but are not required, to complete a four year, forty-two (42) semester hour, program of classes distributed as follows: eighteen (18) hours of General Education Courses taken for Honors credit, six credit hours of low enrollment Honors Seminars, and eighteen (18) credit hours of Honors courses in the student’s major. Students who complete this four-year Honors experience receive special recognition at graduation and on their college transcript.
For various reasons, students may not be able to, or want to, participate in the Honors Program throughout their entire academic career. Accordingly, there are two tracks within the Honors Program that students can choose from if they participate in Honors for only a portion of their academic career. These tracks are:
Track #1: General Honors
The twenty-four (24) credit hour General Honors Program requires eighteen (18) hours of General Education classes taken for Honors credit and six hours of Honors Seminars.
Track #2: Honors in the Major
The Honors Program in the Major requires eighteen hours of Honors classes in the student’s major or related courses, and six hours of Honors Seminars. Students who complete either of the Honors tracks are given special recognition at graduation and on their college transcripts.
Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in any course taken for Honors credit for it to count towards completing any portion of the Honors Program.
For more information, contact: The Honors Program, 110 Academic Classroom Building, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, North Carolina 27411. The Director can be reached by phone at (336) 285-2030. The URL for the Honors Program website is http://www.ncat.edu/academics/honors/index.html.