​​​​​​​​Honors Program

The Honors Program at the University of Findlay provides a unique educational experience to challenge and academically enrich a select group of students.

The Honors Program aims to encourage and to stimulate students beyond the general range of undergraduate coursework by fostering a concern for academic excellence, by providing opportunities for independent study and individual guidance and by offering specially designed upper-level seminars. A tuition waiver for overload hours permits students enrolled for honors credit during any given semester to enrich and accelerate their academic curriculum. Having fulfilled the requirements of the program, a graduating student will qualify for special recognition at commencement.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for admission to the Honors Program, a student must meet one of the following requirements:
  1. A high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.80 or above or an ACT composite score of 27 or higher or equivalent SAT score of 1260​;
  2. One semester of full-time enrollment or 12 hours of credit at the University of Findlay with a total cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher; or
  3. One semester of full-time enrollment and a total cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher earned from another regionally accredited institution.

Graduation Requirements

At commencement, students meeting all requirements for the Honors Program will be recognized by designation as an Honors Scholar in their chosen field of study. Students achieving this honor will wear the University of Findlay’s bachelor’s hood and will receive a certificate from the President during commencement exercises. Successful completion requires the following:
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher;
  • Attendance at biannual meetings; one meeting per semester;
  • Completion of HNRS 195 (one semester hour);
  • Completion of HNRS 495 (four semester hours);
  • Completion of HNRS 370, HNRS 371, HNRS 372, or HNRS 373 (three semester hours);
  • Completion of nine additional hours from HNRS 370, HNRS 371, HNRS 372, HNRS 373, honors contract courses, or honors courses transferred in from another institution. Honors contract courses require approval from the instructor as well as the Honors Committee. Approved honors contract courses may be any major specific, elective, or general education course with an additional honors component. Students using honors contract courses to satisfy the elective option will receive the credit hours assigned to the regularly offered course. Students using honors contract courses must meet the minimum grade expectation as well as successfully complete the Honors Project. Additional credit hours will be not be added to courses being used as honors contract courses.
  • All courses used to satisfy Honors Scholar graduation requirements must be completed with a grade of “ B- ” or above.
In addition, you are required to attend one meeting per semester. These mandatory meetings are intended to provide peer support and socialization and direct you toward the completion of the major project. Breakout sessions for each cohort provide appropriate educational topics such as qualitative research, IRB process, and proposal preparation. 

All Honors Program requirements should be completed one semester prior to graduation. By successfully completing the requirements of the Honors Program, you will be recognized at commencement as an Honors scholar in your field of study.

Tuition Waiver

As a member of the Honors Program, you are eligible for a tuition waiver of up to six semester hours of overload credit. To receive the waiver, you must be enrolled in an HNRS course during the semester you are taking an overload. 
It encourages and helps to stimulate students to go above and beyond the general range of undergraduate coursework and to be a part of a community of students and faculty who share a culture of academic excellence. The program includes discussion seminars and close interpersonal contact between students and instructors.