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Upon admission into the UHP, students will complete the:

  • Honors Certificate: Completion of 18 hours of UHP-approved coursework. This work may include up to 6 hours of AP or up to 6 hours of honors courses taken at other institutions. The total number of courses must include one UHON 351 course and may include a senior project or thesis under the direction of faculty member. These are prepared in advance and approved by the director of the UHP. For transfer students with an Associates Degree, the number of UHP-approved coursework is 12 credits may include a senior project or thesis.

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Staying in the UHP requires satisfactory progress toward the Honors Certificate. Exceptions may be approved by the program director or associate director. Students must maintain an SIU GPA of 3.3 or higher on all classswork, and have no failing grades in Honors courses.

If the student's cumulative SIU average drops below 3.3, the student will be placed on probation for one semester, if it remains below 3.3 for two consecutive semesters, students will be suspended from the program for at least one semester. Students may reapply for admission to the UHP when their cumulative SIU GPA rises to 3.3 or higher. Students who receive a failing grade in an Honors course will be suspended, without a term of probation. Students on suspension and probation lose all rights and membership privileges.

Students must complete 20 hours per academic year in volunteer service to the local community, as well as meet with their Honors mentor every semester.

Support Honors

UHP is committed to enabling our best and brightest to reach their utmost potential. Students from all academic disciplines said that the UHP has been the highlight of their academic careers.

We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution and “invest in excellence” at SIU. More information about contributing can be found here.