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Cohen Honors students enjoy:
- a community of high-achieving students
- small, discussion-based classes and faculty mentorship
- guidance and financial support for undergraduate research, study abroad, community service experiences and internships
- a local and international professional alumni network
- the Honors Lounge, accessible 24/7, with computers, study space and free printing
The main difference between Honors courses and regular courses isn't workload but the approach taken to the material. The typical Honors course takes a more participatory approach to learning - less lecture, more discussion. Most Honors courses are smaller in size than regular courses – Honors seminars are capped at 15 students..
There are multiple ways to earn an honors distinction on one’s transcript or diploma. Most Honors students start by working toward the Emory Lindquist Honors Scholar distinction, a 12 credit-hour track that combines Honors general education courses with academic research and creative activity.
Statistics show that Honors students earn higher grades in their Honors courses than in their regular courses.
Yes! Students who are not members of the Cohen Honors College are able to enroll in one honors seminar (HNRS) course. If you are not currently a member of the Cohen Honors College but you wish to take an Honors seminar course, you may submit an application for permission into the class.
To remain in good standing in the Cohen Honors College you must:
- maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25,
- take at least 3 Honors credits each year (one Honors class per year), and
- enroll in and successfully complete at least 12 credit hours at WSU each semester (fall and spring).
Every Honors class you take is specially designated as such on your transcript. If you successfully complete all the requirements for Honors College graduation, you will be eligible to obtain a stole or medallion from the Honors College to wear during Commencement. Your diploma and official transcript will reflect your Honors designation.
Latin Honors – cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude – are not affiliated with the Cohen Honors College. These honors distinctions are based solely on the student’s GPA.
Honors College students pay a $50 per semester fee that supports the expansion of the original location to include meeting rooms, study spaces and recreational spaces and additional programming.
Honors students concerned with the fee can apply for a scholarship to cover half the cost. There are a limited number of scholarships available and preference will be given to applicants who do not receive the Honors Merit Scholarship. Honors students must reapply every semester in order to be considered. Current Honors students will receive communication on how to apply.
The Cohen Honors College welcomes applications from students of any major. Incoming freshmen, current WSU students and transfer students are encouraged to apply.
There are no minimum ACT/SAT or GPA requirements for admission to the Honors College. Admission is by a competitive application process and acceptance is based on a holistic review of each applicant. While there are no minimum ACT/SAT or GPA requirements, we do evaluate applicants on their preparation for challenging academic and professional work as well as creative approach to solving problems; urge to make a positive impact on the community and in the world; and open-minded embrace of diversity in backgrounds, values and perspectives.
Transfer students: Six to twelve credit hours of honors from another institution may be accepted as transfer honors credit with the Honors Dean's approval.
Honors Applications are reviewed monthly from November 1 to March 1. All high school seniors who apply by a priority date of December 1 will be eligible for the Honors College Merit Scholarship of $500 a year for up to four years. After December 1, merit scholarships will be awarded as funds are available. Applications received after March 1 are reviewed as spaces become available. You will receive notification of the Honors application decision by WSU email.
Yes! You can enroll in courses beginning the first Monday of enrollment week. Congratulations for becoming a new member of the Cohen Honors College!
New to WSU? First sign up for orientation and pre-advising with the Office of First-Year Programs.
Several Honors special-topics seminars (HNRS Courses) are offered by the Cohen Honors College every semester. Most HNRS courses fulfill general education requirements.
In addition, “H” or “honors” courses such as COMM 111H or PSY324H are offered by individual academic departments each semester. Sometimes these classes are “piggybacked” with a regular section of the class and Honors students are given a special assessment, project or assignment to elevate the level of learning.
Students also may request a special assessment or project to earn Honors credit for almost any course. Honors option course contracts are arranged between an individual Honors student and his/her professor.
The Honors College provides credit for approved academic internships. These internships count for one Honors elective (3 credit hours) given they meet our requirements. If you are interested in how internships fit into your major and about making them work towards your Honors degree, set up a meeting with your Honors Advisor.
In order to support the enriching experiences of cultural immersion the Honors College provides credit for academically strong study abroad programs. Students can earn one Honors elective (3 credit hours) towards their Honors degree by completing study abroad courses, and may apply for a Cohen Enhancement Scholarship to support their travel. For more specifics about how this process works, talk to your Honors Academic Advisor.