Honors Program FAQs
How do I apply to the honors program?
To apply to the program, you must:
- Apply to SNHU
- Indicate your interest in the honors program by ticking the box on the application form, by responding to an invitation to apply or by sending the Office of Admission a letter letting us know you want to be considered.
- Submit the honors program application.
- Participate in a scheduled interview.
How soon will I get a response?
That depends on when your application is sent and when you complete the required interview. Decisions are mailed within two weeks of the interview taking place.
I missed the February 15th "priority application" deadline. Is it still worth applying?
Yes. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis leading up to the deadline, and will continue until classes are filled.
Is the SNHU honors program like taking honors courses in high school?
The short answer is no. High school honors level courses are comparable to advanced or college-prep level classes in discipline. Rather than just a group of harder-than-normal classes that some students take, we seek to create a different experience, not just different classes.
Is there a GPA requirement to remain in the honors program?
Honors program students must maintain a 3.00 GPA every semester, as well as grades of “B” or better in all honors program courses and experiences. If a student falls below a 3.00 they are placed on probation for one semester and will be notified about their probationary status. After the probationary semester, if their GPA remains below a 3.00 they are removed from the honors program.
What standards are used to decide who's accepted?
The honors program considers prior academic success, your extracurricular activities and interests and your responses during the interview. While there’s no single definition of an honors student, we seek students who are highly motivated to change the world.
What should I do next if I’m interested in joining?
To apply, complete your application and sign up for an interview time. If you have further questions, please email Honors Director Dr. Lowell C. Matthews, and include the word “honors” in the subject line of your message.
Why study honors?
The honors program is for students who want to make the most out of the learning opportunities offered by a university environment. These students see college as a time of exploration of the whole person—the life of the mind as well as their social and personal lives. Our mission statement describes our goal: The Southern New Hampshire University Honors Program is a self-directed educational experience, fostering connection and collaboration among students. This challenging and stimulating program also provides the opportunity to develop your passion into a thesis, and execute your thesis to create positive change in the world.