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Undergraduate Honors Programs

Most students are confused about the difference between an Honors College and an Honors Program. A simple way of understanding the two academic options is this: an Honors College is typically a separate undergraduate college within a larger university, and an Honors Program is a set or range of coursework that a student completes while part of an existing undergraduate School or College within their institution. Either way, the student will receive an Honors designation on their diploma. An Honors Program typically doesn’t offer separate housing but is still selective in its admission. Students may have the option of submitting a supplemental application during the initial application period, or they may be invited to apply when they are offered admission, or they may apply after their first semester on campus. Students may need an additional letter of recommendation and display strong academic potential when applying, and are often required to maintain a higher than average GPA. Check college websites for up-todate information.

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