The Honors College offers you a distinctive experience with a focus on academic excellence. The college is designed to provide the many advantages of a small college, set amidst the opportunities available at a large research university. 
  • Classes are taught in small sections, designed to provide dialogue and interaction between students and faculty.
  • After the initial summer registration, members will receive priority registration in order to facilitate your enrollment in the Honors courses needed to complete the program.
  • Honors students may apply to live in one of the Honors residence halls in The Quad or in The Village. The areas provide a living environment that is conducive to study and helps promote the Honors College as a community of scholars.
  • The Honors Student Center in the basement of Broun Residence Hall and the Honors Study Room in RBD Library offers study areas and access to computers.
  • As an Honors student you are provided assistance in applying for prestigious scholarships and are eligible for Honors scholarships, which are based on academic excellence, progress in the Honors curriculum, and involvement in Honors, the university, and the community.


Entering freshmen and currently enrolled students at Auburn University, who demonstrate the potential for academic excellence, are eligible to apply for admission. Students may be enrolled in any College or School of the University that has undergraduate programs. For students entering Auburn University Fall 2017, the selection of freshmen is based on a targeted minimum ACT score of 29, or an equivalent SAT score of 1290 (old test) or 1350 (new test), a high school grade point average (3.85 minimum), the submission of an essay, and a record of leadership and service. Students already enrolled at Auburn who have a 3.4 unadjusted GPA may also be considered for admission. 
Students who may not qualify to apply to the Honors College prior to their first semester can apply to the Honors College as current Auburn University students. Students who earn a 3.4 GPA at Auburn University may complete a current student application that can be obtained in the Honors College office. 
Transfer students who have a 3.4 unadjusted GPA may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. 
Current Auburn students who have a 3.4 unadjusted GPA may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
Applications from entering freshmen are due January 15.
Application information will be mailed in October, November, and December to students who have been accepted for admission to Auburn University and who meet the minimal requirements for Honors College membership.
Beginning with the freshman class of 2011, a $250 fee is assessed the fall and spring semester of the first year. The fee decreases to $225 each semester the second year and $200 each semester for the remainder of the time at Auburn University. The fee provides funds for the College to continue offering exceptional learning experiences, additional faculty, and small class sizes for students.
Participation in the Honors College exposes you to a wider range of intellectual and academic experiences, it will give you the opportunity to form lasting friendships with other students committed to academic excellence, and it promotes more rewarding interaction between yourself and your teachers. As a result of these special college experiences, you’ll have a distinct advantage in future pursuits, whether you go on to graduate or professional school, or go directly into your chosen professions. 
Many Honors students would agree that Honors courses are not more difficult – just different. The small seminar settings allow for active involvement in discussions, papers, projects and/or presentations.
Spaces are limited in the Honor Residence Halls and are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Requests for Honors housing must be made to the office of Housing and Residence Life (auburn.edu/housing/apply.asp), and should be made early. 
While you are not required to live in Honors housing, all Honors students are eligible to apply to live in one of the Honors residence halls.
Honors housing is available only to members of the Honors College. In order to live with a roommate who is not a member of the Honors College, you should request a non- Honors residence hall. 
The Honors Congress, the student organization of Honors College, plans various social events throughout the year. Activities range from tailgating on the Quad before football games to playing intramural sports and from participating in philanthropy projects to participating in Coffee Talks with AU professors.
In addition to your academic advisor in your major, the Honors College offers additional advising support and guidance on the Honors curriculum.
The Honors College does not award Honors credits based on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment credits or ACT/SAT scores. However, you may earn Auburn University course credits based on the above scores.
The Honors Curriculum has been developed to provide Honors students an opportunity for broad enriching educational experiences based in large part on Auburn’s Core Curriculum. Beginning in Fall of 2014, Honors students may choose 30 hours of Honors coursework to replace regular University classes. Honors students may choose from Honors Core Courses, Honors Departmental Courses, Honors Seminars, Honors Research Seminars, Graduate-level courses, Honors Study and Travel, or Honors Contract courses to fulfill the Honors Curriculum requirements. 
In order to remain a member in good standing, first year students must maintain a cumulative 3.2 unadjusted GPA, second year students and higher must maintain a cumulative 3.4 unadjusted GPA. Also, all students must consistently make satisfactory progress in completing the required Honors courses. 
To graduate as University Honors Scholar, students must complete 30 hours of Honors courses and have a minimal 3.4 GPA at the time of graduation.
Undergraduate Research at Auburn University promotes opportunities for undergraduates to engage in mentored research and creative scholarship. As future leaders and community-involved citizens, students must be able to apply creative solutions to complicated social issues, understand multi-facted physical processes, and communicate effectively. Auburn University and the Honors College believe that undergraduate research and scholarly activity are way to develop these important skills and enrich the Auburn educational experience.

How to get involved:

  • Research the faculty in the students’ discipline.
  • Ask (in person or via e-mail) if the chosen professor needs any help with their research.
  • Meet with the chosen professor to determine responsibilities and expectations.
  • Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research online or an Honors College advisor for more information.
The thesis is a documented research monograph, typically 30-100 pages long. The student plans and implements, with the guidance of a major professor, a program of thorough research, analysis, and writing. Bound copies of the work are housed in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.
The Honors College supports the Auburn Abroad Office, which offers five types of travel options: AU faculty-led programs, AU exchange programs, programs through other universities, provider company programs, and direct enrollment programs.
Transfer students who have a 3.4 unadjusted GPA may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
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