Honors Requirements

The Honors Program at St. Bonaventure University brings highly motivated and academically qualified students into novel, stimulating and productive interaction with the faculty. Students are welcome to participate in as much of the program as they desire, or they may fulfill all the requirements for a degree with honors.

Requirements for enrollment in the Honors Program

  • Incoming students must have a combined SAT score of 1200 (math plus verbal) and a high school average of 90.
  • Enrolled students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 each semester.
  • Review of Honors student GPA will begin after the student has completed two semesters at St. Bonaventure University and continue after each completed semester thereafter.
  • Enrolled students must take at least one Honors-designated course a year to maintain their status as Honors students.
  • Transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher at the institution they are leaving for St. Bonaventure or meet the same standards as incoming students.
  • Transfer students will be granted up to 6 transfer credits for Honors courses passed with a grade of B+ or higher, subject to the approval of the Director of the Honors Program.

Requirements for enrolled students invited to join the Honors Program

  • Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 after their first semester enrolled at St. Bonaventure University will be invited to join the Honors Program.
  • Students accepting the invitation to the Honors Program will meet with the Honors Program Director in an orientation session designed to explain the program requirements and ensure that prospective Honors students are aware of the policies for enrollment in the Honors Program.
  • Students invited to join the Honors Program will be granted Honors Student status and be allowed to register early and to register for Honors courses.
  • Students invited to join the Honors Program will be evaluated again following the second semester enrolled at St. Bonaventure University. Any enrolled student invited to join the Honors Program must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 after the first full year enrolled to remain an Honors Student. Enrolled students whose GPA falls below 3.25 after the second semester will be removed from any Honors course registered for and will be denied admittance into the Honors Program.

Requirements for a degree with Honors

To earn a “Degree with Honors,” the highest undergraduate degree offered by the university, students must fulfill all of the following requirements*.
  • Six (6) honors courses
    • TWO must be honors sections of Clare College courses that are designated by an “H” following the course number.
    • TWO must be honors seminars bearing the HON prefix (other than HON 401).
    • ONE must be the Advanced Honors Seminar. HON 401 is offered annually in the spring. Topics vary. Typically students take this course in their junior year. If not, HON 401 must be taken during the senior year.
    • The remaining ONE course can be an honors seminar, an honors section of a Clare course, or a course bearing honors credit in the disciplines.
  • The Honors Project (HON 498/499
    This is the capstone to the Honors Program — a two-semester, six-credit research or creative endeavor designed by the student to be of sufficient scope to merit recognition as an Honors Project. See the Honors Project Guide for more information.
These requirements apply to students entering St. Bonaventure University after the 2007/2008 academic year.

Policies for suspension and dismissal from the Honors Program

  • Enrolled students with a cumulative GPA between 3.00 and 3.25 will be suspended from the Honors Program for one semester. If the suspended student does not raise his/her cumulative GPA to 3.25 or higher in the following semester, the student will be dismissed from the Honors Program. Students suspended from the Honors Program will not be allowed to register early for courses in the semester of the suspension and will not be able to register for Honors Courses until the suspension is lifted.
  • Enrolled students with a cumulative GPA below 3.00 will be dismissed from the Honors Program.
  • Students dismissed from the Honors Program will have the opportunity to reapply for admission with the Director of the Honors Program once the student is able to raise his/her cumulative GPA above 3.25. Applications for readmission to the Honors Program will be brought to the Honors Council for deliberation.

For Additional Information

Please contact:
Dr. David Hilmey 
Director of the Honors Program
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
dhilmey@sbu.edu  
De La Roche 312 F
(716) 375-2603