Program Requirements

Admissions Standards
Each year, the admissions staff selects qualified prospective students and, from this pool of applicants, the new Honors Scholars are chosen. Transfer students and currently-enrolled JBU students who have enough core curriculum courses remaining to be taken for the Honors Degree may also apply. Eligibility for admission is based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

To Proceed to the Junior/Senior Level
To continue to the junior and senior level of the program, a student must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or 3.75 in honors classes after taking nine hours of honors classes and submit an outline of future honors plans. The total program has approximately 200 students. Successful completion of the program is highlighted at an Honors Convocation and by the presentation of a special Honors Degree diploma at graduation. Honors courses are designated on the transcript.

Program Overview:

  • To qualify for the Honors Scholars Program, students must have a composite ACT score of 28, SAT score of 1240 or a high school GPA of 3.8 or higher.
  • To apply, student must first be accepted by JBU and then complete and submit an HSP application.
  • To graduate from the Honors Scholars Program, students are required to take a minimum of nine lower-division hours (three classes) in their freshman and sophomore years and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better or a 3.75 in honors courses after taking nine hours of honors classes. Once students have promoted, they must go on to complete a total of 21 honors hours. Students may choose from approximately 20 course options. The majority of honors classes fulfill JBU's core requirements.
  • To graduate with Presidential Honors (highest honors), students must complete 21 hours of honors courses, including a senior thesis (capstone) project in their major or minor.
  • To graduate with University Honors (general honors), students must complete 21 hours of honors courses but are not required to complete a senior thesis (capstone) project.