Overview of Requirements

Admitted students graduate with University Honors by earning a total of 28 Honors points, completing an Honors Capstone Project, and finishing with a 3.5+ USU/overall GPA. Honors points track a student's academic and extracurricular development at USU, and the University Honors transcript designation demonstrates curiosity, creativity, courage, and community connection to future employers and/or graduate programs.

What are Honors Points?

Honors maps onto any major with a series of customizable requirements that allow students to set and achieve personal and professional goals. Honors points reward progress toward these goals by giving students credit for developing mentoring relationships with professors, building portfolios of independent project-based work, and articulating the value of a USU education.

How Do Students Earn Honors Points?

Students meet requirements in the four key areas of the Honors curriculum in many different ways, and they earn points each time they do so. The point maximums and recommendations below are designed to guide rather than dictate progress toward graduation with University Honors:

Additional Information

Transfer or existing USU students must still earn 28 points to graduate with Honors, but most students enter with some Honors points awarded based on prior work articulated in their applicationsStudents should schedule an appointment with an Honors advisor to map Honors requirements onto their individual USU degree plans.

Students can earn their 28 Honors points through a combination of the following:

  • Credit for Past Work: Previous Honors course credits transfer directly (3 credits = 3 Honors points) and academic work outside the classroom typically earns 3 points per 20 hours. Students can earn 3 Honors points by documenting that they have passed ENGL 2010 (or equivalent) with at least a B. Students can earn up to 9 points for past work.
  • Credit for Present WorkDuring their 4-6 remaining semesters at USU, Honors students admitted after their first year can earn points as all Honors students do: they complete and document work in the four key areas of the Honors curriculum.