honors students

Enrich your education at Georgian Court University as a member of the Honors Program. You can pursue academic honors through this program and/or by departmental honors work in the program of your major.

As a participant in the Honors Program, you will collaborate with faculty members in a variety of special courses. As an honors student, the designation will go on your transcript and diploma.

Honors students can benefit from:

  • faculty members known for their excellence as teaching-scholars,
  • courses that emphasize primary texts and sources,
  • rigorous scholarly writing assignments and oral presentations,
  • belonging to a committed community of scholars,
  • preference in academic advisement and course registration,
  • assistance with funding to present at regional and national conferences, and
  • special advising regarding graduate and professional school applications and prestigious fellowship opportunities.

Honors Program Academic Requirements
As a member of the Honors Program, you must:

  • maintain a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.3 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in honors courses;
  • attend program meetings; and
  • participate in university-sponsored, co-curricular activities and events designated by the Honors Program director.

Students who do not meet all of the requirements will not graduate with honors, even if they remain in the program throughout their time at GCU.

Becoming a Member of the Honors Program
Based on when you come to GCU, there are a few different ways to enter the program.

  • First-Year Selection: Admissions counselors identify and recruit potential Honors Program members based on academic excellence (minimum 3.6 GPA) in college preparatory courses. If selected, the director will invite you to the program. To be considered, you have to score high in reading and on the Department of English writing placement exam. In the course of their college careers, honors students will be required to complete eight cohort-designated honors courses that fulfill the General Education Program, including EN221 (grade of C or better).
  • Current Students: Students currently enrolled at GCU who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.3 for a minimum of 12, but not more than 32 credits can also be selected. If you meet those qualifications, you can apply to the Honors Program by sending a letter to the director. If you have a minimum of 12 but less than 19 credits, you must take seven cohort-designated honors courses from the General Education Program, including the required EN221 (grade C or better). Current students admitted to the Honors Program with a minimum of 18 but less than 32 credits must complete the graduation requirements for transfer students.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students who have 32 or fewer credits with a minimum of 3.3 GPA are encouraged to apply to the program by sending a letter to the director requesting admission. If you are a transfer student accepted into the Honors Program, you must complete six cohort-designated honors courses from the General Education Program, including the required EN221 (grade C or better).If you are a transfer student entering GCU and have satisfactorily completed an Honors Program for the associate’s degree, you can apply to the program as well. Send a letter to the director requesting admission. If you are accepted, you will be required to complete four cohort-designated honors courses from the General Education Program, including the required EN221 (grade C or better).

Psychology Honors Program
GCU has a new three-year psychology degree program designed for highly motivated students. In just three years, you will tackle demanding psychology coursework with a cohort of high achievers just like you. Complete your B.A. in Psychology and leave GCU prepared for graduate school. The honors track in psychology is a great option if you want to become a psychologist or put your degree to work by helping others.

For more information on the Honors Program, or if you have any questions, please contact Jessica Hausmann, Ph.D., director of the Honors Program, at jhausmann@georgian.edu or 732-987-2243.

For more information about the Psychology Honors Program, contact Richard Ponton, Ph.D., at pontonr@georgian.edu or 732-987-2618.