Honors Program Guidelines and Requirements
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 36 credits of completed academic coursework (reflected by at least four courses in the fall semester) 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.
All Honors Program students 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 Students not meeting this standard will be withdrawn from the Honors Program.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 Students not meeting this standard will be withdrawn from the Honors Program.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).
Students must be registered for a minimum of four academic courses (of at least four credits each) in each of the eight semesters of the Program. This also applies to freshmen who are applying to join the program as sophomores. Any variation to this policy must be approved by the Assistant Dean.
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.