Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to the most common questions. Please note that these FAQs are not official policy of the UHP and all answers may not be accurate for your situation. You should always consult the student handbook for your year for official policies that pertain to you. If there are any discrepencies with the information here and what's written in the student handbook for your year, the information in the student handbook will prevail. If you still can't find the answer here or elsewhere on the site, contact the UHP.
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General questions about the UHP:
Questions for prospective and non-Honors students:
Why apply to the UHP? Why would I want to be in it?
That's a good question. It's so good, in fact, that if you do apply to the UHP, you'll find we ask you the same question. You should only apply to the UHP if you want to be in the UHP. Some of the best parts of the UHP are small, discussion-based courses on topics not frequently found elsewhere within the University; dedicated faculty; advising specifically for UHP students; optional housing communities for freshmen and sophomores; early registration in the second, third and fourth semesters; the option to take up to 18 credit hours in the first two years with no additional tuition charge; access to some of the best professors at the University, and a great community of fantastic students. If you want to be in the UHP, you should like learning, want an academic challenge, and be generally interested in most things.
What's the minimum GPA/SAT/ACT score I need to get into the UHP?
There are no hard and fast cut offs for these numbers. The entirety of an application is considered, and it is evaluated against the applicant pool. If you would like to be in the UHP, you should apply to be in the UHP.
Do I have to be in the Honors Program to take an Honors class?
Not necessarily. Some Honors classes are available to non-Honors students. Check with the UHP first, fill out the RTF-EZ, seek the approval of the instructor, then drop off the form at the UHP office.
I didn't apply to the UHP when I applied to GW. Can I still apply to the UHP?
What scholarships are attached to being in the UHP?
None. Our students do tend to win many scholarships from GW and elsewhere, but that's more to do with the type of students they tend to be.
How many extra classes do I need to take if I'm in the UHP?
About one-quarter of your classes at GWU would end up being Honors classes. Most of our classes satisfy requirements in the schools and departments at GWU, and so often replace classes you'd be taking otherwise. Remember: if you're in the UHP, required Honors classes are never "extra" classes. You may find them to be more interesting, more challenging, more edifying, and more rewarding, though.
Can I use AP or IB credits to "get out of" Honors classes?
No. Honors classes are not interchangable with any course work done in high school or at other universities.
What degrees can I get in the Honors Program?
The Honors Program is not an honors college, and so does not grant its own degrees. Students in the UHP can major in whatever they'd like through their home departments.
Questions for current students:
How do I make an appointment with an advisor?
How do I cancel an appointment with an advisor?
Click the cancellation link in your appointment confirmation email. If you lost your confirmation email, check the last place you remember having it. If you still can't find it, email or call the UHP to cancel. You should cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
Where can I find UHP deadlines and other crucial info?
Read your NewsFlash
every week. We email it to every student in the Honors Program. If you haven't been receiving it, check your spam folder first and then contact us
. You can also read our blog
, follow us on Twitter
, check us out on Facebook
, and check our deadline calendar
Can I opt out of receiving the NewsFlash?
No. We send the NewsFlash! out to every student in the Honors Program once a week during the semester. Because it's our primary system for distributing important information about registration, housing, requirements, and other news, students can't opt out. It's our only way to be sure that every student has been at least sent this information. We know how irritating it is to have an inbox full of mail from different GW entities -- that's why we use our main listserv only for the weekly NewsFlash! except for in very rare instances. We do our best to keep them short and entertaining so you can get the news you need at a glance. Please read your weekly NewsFlash!; if you miss a deadline or requirement "I didn't know" is never accepted as an excuse.
My Honors courses are not fulfilling the appropraite requirements in DegreeMap. What should I do?
DegreeMap is a robot - it has no say over whether or not you graduate. If anything looks amiss, email one of the Honors advisors and they'll help make sure that your courses are accurately assigned in the system.
Can an Honors advisor register me for my classes?
Sometimes. Honors advisors can manually register students for HONR classes during the add/drop period. You'll need to complete an RTF-EZ first.
What does the UHP need from me if I study abroad?
Simply submit the Study Abroad form
online before you leave. Also, please send us a postcard.
How many credit hours do I need to remain in good standing with the UHP?
To remain in good standing with the UHP, you must be taking at least 12 credit hours each semester.
Can Honors students take over 17 credit hours without being charged?
Honors Freshmen and Sophomores are permitted to take up to 18 hours without being charged an additional fee. However, Juniors and Seniors must follow the usual GW guidelines, meaning that they can only take up to 17 credit hours without being charged an additional fee. This fee exemption may change, and may not apply to you. To determine if this exemption applies to you, you should consult the student handbook from your year.
What GPA do I need to maintain to remain in good standing with the Honors Program?
Freshmen should finish their first year with a 3.0. To graduate from the University Honors Program, you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4. To remain in the UHP, it must be mathematically possible for you to graduate with a 3.4.
What happens if my GPA drops below 3.4?
We perform grade review each semester and we'll contact you if there are any problems. It's okay to have a bad semester or two, so long as it's mathematically possible for you to get your GPA back up to 3.4. We'll work with you.
What do I need to turn in to the Honors office to enroll in a contract or thesis course?
You will need to turn in an Honors Contract Form
. This must be signed by your faculty advisor for the course. You will need to submit a proposal for your contract or thesis course. This should include how your professor plans to grade you, when you plan to meet with your professor, what the coursework will consist of, etc. For more information, talk to an Honors Program Officer. You need to include an RTF-EZ
that is properly filled out with the course information and CRN.
What do I need to do before graduation?
What are the options for an honors thesis?
Most students pursue special honors in their degree, which fulfills the Honors program thesis requirement. The Honors program requires students to complete the Special Honors Verification form
when they pursue special honors in their degree. We recommend students pursue special honors in their major and consult their department about special honors; those students not pursuing special honors may choose from HONR 4196, a seminar designed for ESIA students but open to all, or HONR 4198, an independent study senior thesis. Enrolling in these courses requires the completion of an "Honors Contract.
" HONR 4196 is not available each semester.
Does my HONR 4198 thesis advisor have to be an Honors professor?
No. Your HONR 4198 thesis advisor does not have to be an Honors professor, but he/she does have to be a professor here at GW.
How can I get more involved with the UHP?
How can I contact a professor or department?
The Honors class I want is full. Can I get signed in over the cap?
Probably not. The UHP has a strict cap on class size to help ensure that everyone gets the classroom experience promised to all Honors students. This cap is only lifted in very extreme situations, which are rare. You should sign up for an alternate class in the meantime, and wait to see if a space becomes available as students readjust their schedules. If you believe that you have a rare situation that requires being signed in, please contact an Honors
Are all Self and Society and Arts and Humanities courses the same?
No. Self and Society courses are designated as HONR 2047 or HONR 2048, and each is different. Honors students must take one HONR 2047 and one HONR 2048. A student is welcome to take more than one of either, but they must have taken at least one of each. HONR 2047 cannot substitute for HONR 2048. The same goes for Arts and Humanities coures, designated as HONR 2053 and HONR 2054.
One of my Honors classes looks like it could fulfill a requirement in my school/major, but it's not listed as doing so. What should I do?
Contact the school or department and ask how to petition for a course to qualify. You may want to speak with an Honors advisor to help you along the way.
Can one class count for two requirements within the UHP?
No. One class can fulfill only one requirement at a time within the UHP. However, a single course may fulfill a requirement in the UHP and one or more requirements elsewhere at the University at the same time.
How do I declare a major or minor?
Declare a major or minor through your school. Call their main office or find their website and look for information pertaining to declaring a major/minor. Honors program officers are happy to help explain the process, but you will have to meet directly with your department or school for the necessary paperwork and signatures. Remember, Declaration of Major forms typically must be signed by the major advisor, and cannot be signed by an Honors advisor.
Can I use your fax machine? How about your copy machine or printers?
No. You can print and copy in both Gelman and Eckles. You can fax at Kinkos. You can also use an online service to handle sending and receiving faxes online.
Can I use your coffee machine? How about your hot chocolate machine?
Yes! If you're an Honors student, bring your own mug to our Foggy Bottom office and enjoy a cup on us.