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SIUE Honors Program

About the Program

New freshmen with high academic qualifications are invited to become Honors Scholars. Selection is based on academic history and letters of recommendation.

With the help of distinguished faculty mentors, Honors Scholars can help design a curriculum to explore their intellectual interests. Classes are small and restricted to Scholars. Students can study one or two academic areas in depth, or a variety of courses outside their major.


Freshman-level students who have been admitted to the University, have an ACT score of 25 or above, and have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (4.0 scale) are eligible to apply. Letters of recommendation on school letterhead or evaluations are required from at least three instructors who are familiar with the student's high school and/or university work. An evaluation form to print out can be found at the end of the Honors Program application. Letters of recommendation and evaluations should be sent by each of the three instructors in school letterhead envelopes. All Meridian Scholars automatically are admitted into the Honors Scholars Program.


Honors students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of Honors General Education requirements. Please see the links below for downloadable forms detailing the Honors Scholars Program General Education Curriculum. Questions about course requirements will be resolved by the Honors Scholars director in consultation with the student's advisor.

Check out Honors courses offered during Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.

Beyond the Classroom

Exciting opportunities abound for honors students to enrich their experience by getting involved outside the classroom.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities
Study Abroad
Honorary Societies

Downloadable Forms

Honors Scholar Program Application
Fall 2012 and later: Honors Program General Education Checklist
Before Fall 2012: Honors Program General Education Checklist

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