Retention & Graduation Requirements


To remain in good standing, University Honors students must:

  • Maintain a 3.2 FSU GPA throughout the duration of their time to degree.

  • Take and pass Honors Colloquium (HUM 2944) during the student's first semester in University Honors.

  • Earn a C- or higher in ENC 2135 during their first academic year in University Honors.

  • Earn a C- or higher in an Honors Signature Course during their first academic year in University Honors.

  • Complete at least 7 honors credit hours by the end of their first year.

  • Complete at least 10 honors credit hours by the end of their second year.

Graduation Requirements

To be recognized as a University Honors graduate, students must complete the online Honors Graduation Application by the designated date during their graduation semester.

The deadline to submit the Honors Graduation Application for Fall 2021 graduates is Friday, November 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm (EDT).

Students who successfully complete University Honors earn the transcript distinction, "Completed Requirements of Liberal Studies Honors Program", and earn an honors medallion. To complete program requirements, students must earn 18 honors points and have a final 3.2 GPA upon graduation. At least 13 of the honors points must be earned through honors course work and up to 5 points may be earned from other achievements.​ A student who finishes both the University Honors Program and the Honors in the Major Program earns special recognition and has both distinctions noted on their transcript.

Tips for calculating honors points

Honors Coursework (Minimum of 13 credit hours)

The 18 honors points must include a minimum of 13 credit hours of honors course work earned through honors courses, the Honors Colloquium Course, Honors-Augmented or Individual Honors-Augmented Courses, Honors Directed Individual Study (DIS) Courses, graduate classes, or Honors In The Major thesis work. Read more about honors course options by clicking here.

Achievements (Maximum of 5 Honors Points)

Any other remaining honors points needed to reach the 18 Honors points total may be earned through any combination of achievements listed below. 

Each of the following achievements earns 1 honors point:

*An achievement may be duplicated for additional points.

Each of the following achievements earns 3 honors points:


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