All-College Honors

All-College Honors<br>Program


What tangible benefits are there to being in the All-College Honors program?

There are three kinds of benefits: (1) small, challenging classes on unusual topics with exceptional professors, (2) cultural enrichment that includes theatrical performances, distinguished speakers, and travel, and (3) close camaraderie with one’s peers, developed through Honors housing and regular social events.

How do I become an Honors student?

The Honors director will invite high school seniors with at least two of the following academic qualifications to join the All-College Honors program: top 10 percent of their class, 94 average, 1290 SAT score (math & reading), or 27 ACT score. A student with a somewhat lower score or ranking may petition the Honors director to take into account the high school’s reputation; the student’s demanding curriculum, and/or the student’s unusual talents. There is an on-line application for such petitions.

May I defer my admission to the Honors program?

An invitation to enter the Honors program is extended only for a student’s first semester at Canisius, usually the fall semester of the freshman year.

May I enter the Honors Program after my first semester at Canisius?

Yes, but no later than your second semester at the college. Students applying in the second semester must have received a 3.75 GPA in the first semester. Students who have completed the first year at Canisius may not apply for admission to the Honors program. Transfer students may be admitted on a case-by-case basis and should contact the director.

What is the Honors Program policy on AP & IB coursework?

Honors accepts up to three AP courses in pertinent subjects, provided one of the subjects is a foreign language and all of the scores are “4s” or “5s”.  Honors also accepts IB scores of "6" and "7" in pertinent subjects.

Are there scholarships for the Honors program?

Not as such. Students accepted into the Honors program should apply for various kinds of assistance from the college’s financial aid office. Because of the strong academic record of students accepted into Honors, the likelihood of receiving financial aid is entirely probable.

Who will be my adviser in the Honors program?

The Honors director advises students in the program itself. Honors has instituted a mentoring system in which upperclass Honors students helps new students adjust to the program. Honors students should also consult with a faculty adviser in the major(s) and minor(s).

Will doing Honors lower my grade point?

We have found that as a general rule, Honors students earn comparable, if not higher, grades in their Honors courses than in their regular coursework.

If I am in the Honors program, will studying abroad keep me from graduating on time?

No. The Honors program accepts up to two study-abroad courses (3 credits each) in pertinent subjects, provided that the student receives at least a “B” in them.  Interested students must see the Honors director before studying abroad.

What is the thesis?

The thesis is a sustained piece of largely independent work, chosen by the student and directed by a faculty member approved by the Honors director. All topics must be “fresh” pieces of work, not enlarged term papers already written for another course.

How does an Honors student remain in good standing?

Generally speaking, Honors students are expected to receive “A's” and “B's” and graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all courses.  Students who receive “C's” will be placed on probation.  Students who receive “D's” or “F's” will be dismissed from the All-College Honors program.

Will doing Honors delay my graduation date?

No. The Honors curriculum parallels the regular core.

What does it mean to “graduate with all-college honors”?

Students who graduate with all-college honors have completed a rigorous curriculum, which is so noted on their transcripts and diplomas. Such a designation is an impressive achievement, so recognized by employers and institutions of higher learning.

Will completing a degree with Honors help me get into Medical/Law/Graduate school?

Our experience tells us that deans of admission at various graduate programs are fully aware of the value of having completed work at the most challenging level that an institution provides. Obviously, there are a number of factors that govern admission to graduate programs, including overall grade point average, qualification tests (e.g., MCAT, LSAT, GRE), the quality of an applicant’s personal statement, internships and other appropriate experience, and so on. An Honors program can help, but cannot by itself, determine one’s future success. However, participation in such a program often affords a student more opportunities for research, study abroad, internships, scholarships, and faculty mentoring, all of which enhance an applicant’s resume.

If I join the Honors Program and then decide to withdraw from it later on, will I have to take additional coursework to graduate on time?

No, because all Honors courses can be fully transferred to the regular core curriculum.