Students admitted as Honors Scholars plan their academic programs with the help of their academic advisors. Honors Scholars also have the opportunity to seek advice and inspiration from faculty mentors assigned from their declared major area or identified area of interest. Some of the usual graduation requirements are modified so that students have the opportunity to explore a number of areas of interest or to study more intensively an area of concentration. Students may choose courses in diverse areas, thereby obtaining a broad education.
As a rule, freshman-level students who have been admitted to the University and who have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (4.0 scale) are eligible to apply. High-ranking high school seniors are encouraged to apply for admission to the program following matriculation to SIUE. High school seniors should submit their application to the Honors Program early, but certainly several weeks prior to their Springboard appointment at SIUE. This allows for application processing and appropriate advising as an Honors Scholar if admitted. Letters of recommendation or application evaluation forms are required from at least three instructors who are familiar with the student's high school and/or university work.
Selection of Honors Scholars is based on candidates' previous academic work and letters of recommendation and/or application evaluations from instructors.
To fulfill the General Education requirement, Honors Scholars students entering the program in Fall 2012 and thereafter must take at least 30 semester hours as outlined on the SIUE General Education Requirements for Honors Scholars Students policy. Questions as to whether certain courses count toward the fulfillment of area requirements will be resolved by the Honors Scholars Director in consultation with the student's adviser.
Transfer students accepted as Honors Scholars must meet Honors Program requirements through courses accepted for transfer or through University courses approved by the College or School Honors Program Coordinator or the Honors Program Director. This stipulation also applies to SIUE students accepted as Honors Scholars after their first semester at SIUE.
Retention as an Honors Scholar requires that a student maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. If the GPA of an Honors Scholar falls below 3.0 during any semester, he or she is placed on probation. If the average is not raised to the required minimum at the end of the next semester, the student is dropped from the program. The student's records will not show that he or she was admitted then dropped from the program. However, the student will have to complete all general education requirements, as prescribed by the University curriculum.