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Frequently Asked Questions
The Cohen Honors College welcomes applications from students of any major. Incoming freshmen, international students, 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 Honors approval.
Honors Applications are reviewed monthly from November 1 to June 30. All high school seniors who apply by a priority date of Nov 1 and transfer student who apply by Feb 1 will be eligible for the Honors College Merit Scholarship of $500 a year for up to two years. After these dates, merit scholarships will be awarded as funds are available. You will receive notification of the Honors application decision by WSU email.
New to WSU? First sign up for orientation and pre-advising with the Office of First-Year Programs.
Current students enroll beginning at 7am on the first day of enrollment. If you run into any trouble, feel free to contact x3375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- priority course registration
Incoming Honors students are invited to live and learn with motivated and creative peers in the Honors Living Learning Community in Shocker Hall. Students join the Honors LLC for many reasons, but all are driven by a love of learning. The ideal student for the Honors LLC is one who enjoys scholarship, craves challenges, appreciates a diverse perspective on current issues and wants to be connected with likeminded students. To sign up for the Honors LLC, visit Housing and Residence Life.
Yes! Students who are not members of the Cohen Honors College are able to enroll in one honors seminar (HNRS) course. Submit a request form for permission to enroll in the class. This form gives all of the information we need.
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.
There are many ways to earn honors credit! You can take department honors courses such as MATH 555H or turn a regular course into an honors course with an honors option agreement form. The types of honors courses page tells you more and includes a list of typical course offerings.
Many Honors students earn higher grades in their Honors courses than in their regular courses. Honors courses are challenging because the faculty expect students to engage in discussion or to do more independent work. If you want to engage, these courses may be easier for you than a large lecture!
Grades aren't everything. We encourage students to explore and take risks during their time in college. Sometimes you will fail, get back up, and succeed in a different way from the way you first imagined.
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 Agreements are arranged between an individual Honors student and their professor.
At the Cohen Honors College we highly value flexibility. We trust our students with their plans of education. If an Honors requirement isn't making sense to you or if you desire to modify any of the requirements, please submit a Petition for Exception.
The Honors College provides credit for approved academic internships. These internships count for one Honors elective (3 credit hours) or can count toward your applied requirement for a leadership or law & public policy track. Visit the applied learning page for more information about how to request registration for an internship that earns honors credit.
All students on the Emory Lindquist Honors Scholar track are required to complete a research experience. For more information about options, visit our applied learning page.
In order to support the enriching experiences of cultural immersion the Honors College provides credit for academically strong study abroad programs. Students can earn credit toward their Honors distinction by completing study abroad courses, and may apply for a Cohen Enhancement Scholarship of up to $4000 to support their travel.
To remain in good standing in the Cohen Honors College:
- maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25, and
- take at least 3 Honors credits each year (one Honors class per year) or complete a 12-credit honors track.
If you have questions or concerns about your honors standing, come in to speak with our honors advisor.
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. Any fees collected beyond the construction debt are used to support student technology and programming at the dean's discretion and in consultation with the student council.
Honors students concerned about the fee can apply for a scholarship from the student council to cover half the cost. There are a limited number of scholarships available each semester. Honors students must reapply every semester in order to be considered. Current Honors students will receive communication on how to apply.