Admissions to Honors College

To be considered for the Honors College, you must be:

  • Presidential or Meritorious Scholarship Recipients 
  • Participate in Bridge to Honors College
  • A second-semester freshman or first-semester sophomore with a 3.3 grade point average may apply for admissions to the Honors College.

BENEFITS

  • Be a member of a tight-knit community of about 100 students. 
  • Small class sizes (no more than 16 students) 
  • One-on-one interaction with faculty and artists/scholars-in-residence. 
  • Personal academic advising from the Honors College advisors and Dean 
  • Priority living in the Honors College Residence Hall and Freshmen Residence Hall Honor floors. 
  • Honors College Facility centrally located on campus (Delany Hall) 
  • Leadership opportunities 
  • Honors College trips and events 
  • Support in the completion of an undergraduate thesis and prestigious scholarship applications 

SAU PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  • Most prestigious freshman award at SAU 
  • Awarded to 15 of the most outstanding entering freshmen on a competitive basis 
  • This scholarship is worth approximately $102,000, which covers tuition, fees, *room and board, and books ($500.00) for four consecutive years of study 

The Presidential Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship with room and board awarded to selected outstanding incoming first-year freshmen with at least a 3.7 grade point average (GPA) and a minimum 1100 SAT score (math and verbal) or a 24 ACT score. It can be renewed annually by maintaining a 3.5 GPA and fulfilling the requirements outlined in the presidential scholarship and honors college contract. 

LEVELS OF HONORS RECOGNITION

Honors College Certificate  

A minimum of 18 hours of Honors coursework; complete chosen degree program with a 3.4 cumulative GPA; full participation in the Honors College (community service, leadership, and student engagement); four semesters of honors seminar. Students completing this level will receive an honors certificate with the Honors College seal. 

Honors College Scholar 

A minimum of 24 hours of Honors coursework; complete chosen degree program with a 3.5 cumulative GPA; full participation in the Honors College (community service, leadership, and student engagement); six semesters of Honors Seminar. Students completing this level will receive the honors certificate with the Honors College seal and President’s or Honors Scholar stole. 

Honors Baccalaureate Degree 

A minimum of 30 hours of honors coursework (includes honors seminars; complete chosen degree program with a 3.5 cumulative GPA; full participation in the Honors College (community service, leadership, and student engagement); six semesters of honors seminar. Students completing this level will receive the Honors Bachelor in their major discipline, an honors certificate with the Honors College seal and President’s or Honors College stole. 

COURSES & CURRICULUM

FYE 101H (Fall) and FYE 102H (Spring) Global and Critical Inquiry in the First Year   
ENGL 131H (Fall) English Comp I & ENGL 132H (Spring) English Comp II     
MATH 131H/132H or MATH 135H (STEM) or other General Education courses with honors listing or honors by contract         
     
HON 107 (Fall) and HON 108 (Spring)           Community Service 
HON 109 (Fall) and HON 110 (Spring)            Leadership Lab 

Choose one: 
HON    101 (Fall) and HON 102 (Spring)        Academic Bowl         
HON    103 (Fall) and 104 (Spring)                  Debate/Model UN          
HON    105 (Fall) and 106 (Spring)                  Mock Trial  

General Education courses with honors listing or honors by contract         
HON 297 Honors Research Seminar I (Fall) ** and HON  298Honors Research Seminar II (Spring) **  
HON 200 level Honors Seminar in the major**. 
HON 207 (Fall) and HON 208 (Spring)            Community Service 
HON 209 (Fall) and HON 210 (Spring)            Leadership Lab 

Choose one: 
HON    201 (Fall) and HON 202 (Spring)         Academic Bowl         
HON    203 (Fall) and 204 (Spring)                   Debate/Model UN          
HON    205 (Fall) and 206 (Spring)                   Mock Trial         

HON 300    Honors Junior Prep Seminar (Graduate Exam and Career Prep) 
HON 300 level    Honors Research Seminar or Major Research Seminar (by contract) **        
HON 307 (Fall) and HON 308 (Spring)           Community Service 
HON 309 (Fall) and HON 310 (Spring)            Leadership Lab         

Choose one: 
HON    301 (Fall) and HON 302 (Spring)        Academic Bowl         
HON    303 (Fall) and 304 (Spring)                  Debate/Model UN          
HON    305 (Fall) and 306 (Spring)                  Mock Trial       

HON 400.H1    Honors Senior Research Project/Thesis or Research Project in the major **         
HON 450.H1    Undergraduate Research/Presentations         
HON 407 (Fall) and HON 408 (Spring)            Community Service 
HON 409 (Fall) and HON 410 (Spring)            Leadership Lab     

Choose one: 
HON    401 (Fall) and HON 402 (Spring)        Academic Bowl         
HON    403 (Fall) and 404 (Spring)                  Debate/Model UN          
HON    405 (Fall) and 406 (Spring)                  Mock Trial    

** Course of study is related to the major.

BECOME A FALCON

CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC JOURNEY AT SAU

Community

Delany Hall Honors Facility
Falkcrest Apartments, Building D
Assigned Floor of Weston Residence Hall (females only)
Assigned Floor of Latham Residence Hall (males only)
Honor Student Association (HSA)
Peer Mentoring

Activities

Invited Seminar Speakers
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
Field Trips/Study Abroad
Shadowing Leaders
Graduate and Professional School Preparation
Career Preparations
Portfolio Development
Undergraduate Research
Honors Conferences

Speakers Series

The purpose of the Honors College Speakers Series is to offer Saint Augustine’s University community and our triangle community an opportunity to hear from and meet professionals and scholars who have distinguished themselves both locally and nationally. The Speakers Series supports the institution’s commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and community engagement as a hub for intellectual and cultural exchange.

Prestigious Scholarship Websites

Convocation

Honors Convocation is an annual celebration to recognize students are for their distinguished academic achievements. It is one of the University’s most important academic traditions.

Recognitions are given in the following categories:

Students with 3.65 and above cumulative GPA and no grade below “C”.

Students with a 3.00 to 3.64 cumulative GPA and no grade below “C”.

Full-time students with a semester GPA of 3.00 and above and no grade below a “C”.

First-year traditional students with a cumulative GPA of 4.0