Honors Program

The University 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. Every aspect of the University Honors Program provides special opportunities for qualified students to grow intellectually through contact with a community of Honors students and supportive Honors faculty and staff.

No matter what a student plans to do in the future, those who participate in the University Honors Program will find that it gives them a competitive edge, prepares them for success in the nation’s best graduate schools and in their future careers. Through Honors, students can get the best education that NC A&T State 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 1160 (1230 redesign SAT) or above or a 26 or greater on the ACT. Students that are close on both requirements or may meet one but not the other will be required to send in two letters of recommendation and an essay detailing why they should be considered to be a member of the honors program.

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 15 credit hours of classes. To remain in the University Honors Program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and complete additional extra-curricular activities.

All students awarded the Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars Program Scholarship are required to participate in the Honors Program.

Program Description

Benefits: Members of the University Honors Program receive numerous benefits as rewards for taking on the challenges of an 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 in study groups. Some Honors classes and workshops are held in the building. Honors students are eligible to register early as well as to have access to honors specific travel, educational, and employment opportunities.

Honors students register before all other students, allowing Honors students more flexibility in their class schedules. The University 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, Spain, and Costa Rica. These study-tours have enabled students to better understand and appreciate cultural differences within global communities. Honors also sponsors leadership development workshops to help members develop skills they will need after graduation.

Academic Program Options: Incoming freshmen who join the University Honors 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.

In order to graduate from the University Honors Program students must complete 18 hours of Honors coursework plus an additional six hours of Honors Seminars (three of these six hours must be classes sanctioned by the University Honors Program as seminars). Twelve of the total 24 hours must be taken as Honors courses and not satisfied by contracts.

Students who complete the Honors course of study will receive notification on their college transcripts.

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in any course taken for Honors credit for it to count program requirements.

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.