Honors College Office of the Provost



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Why should I join the Honors College at Auburn University?

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. 

What are some of the advantages of Honors College membership?
  • 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.
What are the requirements for membership in the Honors College?

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 detailed information on requirement for both incoming and current students please visit our admissions page.

What if my test scores and/or GPA don’t meet the requirements for membership in the Honors College?

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.

Are transfers student allowed to enroll in the Honors College?

Transfer students who have a 3.4 unadjusted GPA may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Are current Auburn students allowed to enroll in the Honors College?

Current Auburn students who have a 3.4 unadjusted GPA may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Does it cost more to be in the Honors College?

Every student in the Honors College pays a $250/semester fee. The fee provides funds for the college to continue offering exceptional learning experiences, additional faculty, smaller class sizes, and an expanded slate of upper-division research, internship, and service learning courses for students.

What will Honors membership do for me?

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 profession.

Are Honors courses more difficult?

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.

Does Honors have their own housing?

Living with other students who are members of the Honors College will deepen your experience and help you develop close friendships with Honors College students. Honors housing are located in Matthews Hall (Village) and Broun Hall (Upper Quad).  First-year Honors students requesting to live in these halls must have a Honors roommate. The roommate may be one of your choosing or you may elect to have a roommate assigned to you. Honors College members who want to live with a student who is not a member of Honors College will not be assigned to Honors housing.

Do I have to live in an Honors Residence Hall?

While you are not required to live in Honors housing, all first-year Honors students are eligible to apply to live in one of the Honors residence halls.

Can I live in Honors Housing with a non-Honors student?

In order to live with a roommate who is not a member of the Honors College, you should request a non-Honors residence hall. 

What type of social activities can I expect in the Honors College?

The Honors College plans various social events throughout the year. Activities range from food and fellowship events to speaking engagements with Auburn University administrators. Feel free to look through our photo gallery for events over the years.

Will I have an Honors Advisor?

In addition to your academic advisor in your major, the Honors College offers additional advising support and guidance on the Honors curriculum.

I have AP/IB/Dual Enrollment credits. Will these be accepted by the Honors College?

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.

How does the Honors Curriculum fit with my major?

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. Honors students may choose between 24 or 30 hours of Honors coursework, depending on designation, 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.

What are the requirements to remain in good standing with the Honors College?

In order to remain a member in good standing, first year students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 unadjusted GPA, second year students and higher must maintain a cumulative 3.2 unadjusted GPA. Also, all students must consistently make satisfactory progress in completing the required Honors courses.

What are the requirements to graduate from the Honors College?

To graduate from the Honors College, students must complete their Honors College curriculum. Review the full list of designations and graduation requirements.

How can I get involved in research?

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 contact Whitney Comer for more information.
What opportunities will I have to study abroad?

In addition to the various Honors College Study & Travel courses, which can be found here, the Honors College supports the Auburn Abroad Office. Auburn Abroad offers five types of travel options: AU faculty-led programs, AU exchange programs, programs through other universities, provider company programs, and direct enrollment programs.

Last modified: June 13, 2022