Honors Program Requirements

SCHOLAR’S PROFILE

A V.F. Grant Honors Program scholar is:

  • a voracious reader;
  • continually finding new questions to answer;
  • interested in the plight of humankind;
  • satisfied with only his or her best;
  • poised, confident, open-minded and articulate; and
  • curious in the face of novelty, passionate about antiquity, and sensitive to the present.
  • an academic scholar with high integrity and a solid value for ethical principles
  • Values quality leadership and responsibility

REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the course requirements, a student in the Honors Program is expected to:

  • Perform at least 80 hours of community service over a four-year period;
  • Serve on an Honors Program committee at least one semester;
  • Be an active member of the Honors Council;
  • Participate in a conference experience;
  • Take the appropriate examination for graduate study;
  • Participate in Honors Program activities and events;
  • Comply with all Honors Program Policies.

ADMISSION PROCEDURES

Entering Freshman

Upon admission to the University, a student who has earned either a high school cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.25, a combined verbal and mathematics SAT score of 1000, or composite Act score of at least 22 will be invited to apply for admission to the honors program.

Advanced Standing and Transfer Students

An ASU student who has completed one semester and has earned a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3. 25 or higher will be eligible to apply for admission to the V.F. Grant Honors program.  Juniors and seniors are not eligible to apply. Each application is reviewed on a case by case basis.

Students who are not taking a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours are not eligible for admission to the Honors Program.  The ASU student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in order to remain in the Honors program

A transfer student must complete one full semester at Albany State University with a semester grade point average of at least 3.25 before being eligible for admission to the honors program, and must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in order to remain in the Honors program.

Each applicant is required to submit a type-written statement of his or her reasons for wanting to participate in the Honors Program along with a recommendation letter from two ASU instructors.  Each application will be reviewed by the Honors Program Advisory Committee. The committee will consider each student’s academic achievements, commitment to intellectual development, involvement in extracurricular activities, involvement in community service, the level of high school courses taken, and the recommendations from two ASU instructors. V.F. Grant Honors Program members are required to participate in the Honors Program activities and events and comply with all Honors Program Policies.

HONORS PROGRAM RETENTION CRITERIA

To remain in the Honors Program, all students must:

  • maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or above each semester;

  • successfully complete a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester;

  • complete 17 credit hours in the sequence of Honors Core Curriculum courses and Honors seminar courses; and

  • participate in the social, cultural, service initiatives and academic projects provided as the Honors Program functions and activities or assigned as University approved events  of the University.


Each semester, The Honors Program Advisory Committee will assess each student’s progress and determine whether the student should continue in the Program.
 

Honors Program members who fail to meet the retention criteria outlined above are subject to review by the Honors Program Advisory Committee. If a student fails to maintain the required cumulative grade point average of 3.0, the student may be placed on probation for a period not to exceed one (1) semester, and must make satisfactory progress toward regaining the required grade point average.

Students accepted in the Honors Program may exit the program under the following conditions:

  1. Graduation with Honors Program Merit designation: those students who complete all University requirements for graduation, who fulfill Honors Program course requirements and whose overall grade point average is 3.0 or above, will graduate with “Honors Program Merit” designation.

  2. Mandatory transfer into the regular degree program: Upon the review of a student’s performance by the Honors Program Advisory Committee, a student may be dropped from the V.F. Grant Honors Program if he or she does not maintain at least a 3.0 CGPA, and fulfill the other requirements listed under the Honors Program Retention Criteria.