UNO Honors Program
The Honors Program (and its website!) is undergoing a significant change during the 2018-2019 academic year to better serve the interests of our students and the university community.
Currently, students qualify for the honors program if they meet the following criteria: For incoming, first-year students: a composite ACT score of 26, or an ACT English section score of 28, or an ACT Math section score of 28, or a SAT score of 1170 (from two sections in MATH and CRITICAL READING). For continuing students (second semester and beyond): a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and above. Students who do not meet this criteria may also qualify with special permission from the honors director. All qualifying students are eligible to participate in honors programming, and students may participate to whatever degree they prefer.
To graduate with honors, students must complete the requirements outlined by their department and/or the Honors Program. Generally, graduating with departmental honors (graduating with "Honors in Philosophy," "Honors in Electrical Engineering," etc.) requires a student to possess a 3.5 major GPA and complete a two-semester honors thesis project during their senior year. Students wishing to graduate with honors in their department should consult their department guidelines in their UNO Course Catalogue or contact our office for more information.
Students may also graduate with "University Honors." Graduating with University Honors requires a student to complete 24 hours of honors courses (which can include 6 hours connected to the honors thesis), maintain a 3.5 major GPA, and a 3.25 overall GPA. To complete this 24 hour course requirement, students may take honors-only courses (a list of qualifying courses is distributed to honors students before the registration period each semester) or receive honors credit in non-honors courses via the "honors option."
If you have questions about the current program requirements or would like to find out more about the opportunities available through honors, please reach out to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our office in Room 301 of the Earl K. Long Library.
We look forward to announcing the new program and unveiling the new website in spring 2019.
Chris W. Surprenant
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Director of the Honors Program