Admission to the Program
Grade Requirements
Credit Requirements
Program Completion

Admission to the Program

Qualified SMG students may be invited to join the Program at two separate points in their academic career: either as incoming freshmen, or after completion of freshman year. Students who are not invited as incoming freshmen but who have a minimum 3.5 GPA in at least 32 credits of completed academic coursework at the end of freshman year may be invited to join the Program after an application process. The application includes two letters of recommendation and a personal interview. Selected students are invited to apply in January of their freshman year. Once grades are posted for the spring term, the final selection will be made based on academic requirements, the interview, and space availability. No invitations to the Program are extended beyond this timeframe. At this time Intra-University Transfer Students and External Transfer students are not eligible to join the SMG Honors Program.

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Grade Requirements

Honors Program students in the Class of 2016 and all classes entering thereafter must earn an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in order to graduate with the Honors Program designation on their transcripts. Students will be held to the GPA requirement of their expected graduation year based upon when they were accepted to Boston University.

Students will be reviewed for continuation at two points during their time as undergraduates:

  • After Fall semester of Sophomore Year – at this time students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.4. Students not meeting this standard will be withdrawn from the Honors Program.
  • After Spring semester of Junior Year – at this time students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.45. Students not meeting this standard will be withdrawn from the Honors Program.

Students also much achieve a minimum grade of “B” in each of the Honors Program seminars, and a minimum grade of “B” in SM 223 and SM 450 (Sophomore Colloquium and International Field Seminar).

Honors Program students in the Classes of 2014 and 2015 must earn an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 in order to graduate with the Honors Program designation on their transcripts.

Students will be reviewed for continuation at two points during their time as undergraduates:

  • After Fall semester of Sophomore Year – at this time students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3. Students not meeting this standard will be withdrawn from the Honors Program.
  • After Spring semester of Junior Year – at this time students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.35. Students not meeting this standard will be withdrawn from the Honors Program.

Students also much achieve a minimum grade of “B” in each of the Honors Program seminars, and a minimum grade of “B” in SM 223 and SM 450 (Sophomore Colloquium and International Field Seminar).

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Credit Requirements

Students must be registered for a minimum of sixteen academic credits in each semester that they are in the Program. Any variation to this policy must be approved by the Assistant Dean. The two-credit Honors Program seminars that are completed during junior and senior year may count towards that sixteen credit total.

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Program Completion

Adjustments to the Honors Program curriculum will be made jointly by the Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Program and the Faculty Director on a case-by-case basis.

Students who withdraw from, or otherwise fail to satisfy the requirements of the Program listed above, will receive full credit towards the BSBA degree for those Honors Program requirements that they have successfully completed, with the exception of the Honors Program Seminars and the Honors Program Colloquia, which will count as additional coursework. Students will not be removed from the Program for earning less than a 3.3 GPA in their freshman year.

Successful completion of the Honors Program will result in the notation “Awarded School Honors” on the student’s official transcript and the student will be individually recognized at the School’s Commencement ceremony.

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