Entering the Honors Program

A student may enter the Honors Program in one of three ways:

  • An incoming first-year student is automatically designated an Honors student if he or she meets certain criteria:  a 3.7 GPA or top 10% of high school class, and a 29 ACT or 1300 SAT. Membership is voluntary and can be accepted or declined at the time of initial registration or at any time prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
  • By earning a cumulative UD GPA of 3.5 or higher by the end of the first year as a full-time student a rising sophomore will be invited to the Honors Program.
    See Earning Honors Credits for more information.
  • As a transfer student entering UD after one to two years at another institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, a student may apply directly to the University Honors Program. Entrance into the Program and transferring Honors credits will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Maintaining Membership

To remain in the Honors Program and be eligible for its benefits, an Honors student who entered his or her first year must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Earn 3 Honors credits by the completion of 30 credit hours.
  • Earn 6 Honors credits by the completion of 60 credit hours.
  • Earn 9 Honors credits by the completion of 75 credit hours for the Honors diploma (Thesis Option)
  • Earn 12 Honors credits by the completion of 90 credit hours for the Honors diploma (Courses-Only Option) the Honors with Distinction diploma.
  • Exhibit responsible and respectful behavior, including academic honesty and a record free of disciplinary issues that cause concern to the University community.

For a student who entered the Program as a sophomore or second-year transfer student to remain in the Honors Program and be eligible for its benefits, he or she must:

  • Earn 3 Honors credits by the completion of 60 credit hours.
  • Earn 6 Honors credits by the completion of 75 credit hours.
  • Earn 9 Honors credits by the completion of 90 credit hours for the Honors diploma (Thesis Option)
  • Earn 12 Honors credits by the completion of 90 credit hours for the Honors diploma (Courses-Only Option) the Honors with Distinction diploma.
  • Transfer student credit-hour thresholds will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. However, once a UD GPA is established, the transfer student is expected to meet the regular requirements of the Program.
  • Exhibit responsible and respectful behavior, including academic honesty and a record free of disciplinary issues that cause concern to the University community.

Access to Benefits

An Honors student may experience a probationary period when Honors benefits are suspended. (NOTE:  Probationary Honors students will continue to be eligible for Honors events and other programming.)

An Honors student with fewer than 50 credit hours and with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 but less than 3.5 maintains Program membership but is ineligible for Honors benefits.

A probationary Honors student will be reinstated if the student raises his or her cumulative GPA to a minimum of 3.5 by the end of the student's sophomore year.

An Honors student who is currently taking or who has completed Honors thesis research credit hours but whose cumulative GPAs has fallen below 3.5 can maintain Honors Program membership without benefits providing that it is not the semester of graduation, and providing that the student still has the possibility of meeting all the requirements to graduate with either the Honors or Honors with Distinction diploma.

A student who does not meet the requirements for maintaining membership will lose membership in the Honors Program and lose access to all benefits.