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Working with Honors Students

The Honors College is open to every major and provides highly motivated and talented students with the opportunity to participate in challenging courses and activities. It is a great opportunity for those Boise State University students who have the potential to become exceptional scholars.

Opportunities to get involved

Students have the opportunity to live with other Honors College students in Driscoll Hall where the Honors College is located. This gives students the personalized attention of a small liberal arts campus while drawing upon the resources of the larger university community. Members of the Honors College have the following advantages:

  • Small class sizes
  • Innovative courses
  • Close contact with faculty
  • Potential honors scholarships
  • Summer fellowships for independent research and study abroad
  • Individualized academic counseling
  • Camaraderie among students with similar interests
  • Special social, cultural, and recreational activities
  • Recognition at graduation
  • Enhanced career opportunities

To be eligible

Freshmen coming into college straight out of high school must have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 and an ACT score of at least 27 or SAT scores of at least 1200. Transfer, returning and continuing students may enter the Honors College if they have a minimum of 15 completed college units with a cumulative grade-point-average of at least a 3.50.

Advising honors student

The Honors College requires that participants take at least one honors course every other semester. Students can choose from an array of honors courses to design a program of study that best meets their needs and interests. Check the current class schedule for available classes. Honors courses consist of following three areas:

  • Foundation courses are special seminars and sections of university core courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences.
  • Enrichment courses consist of interdisciplinary upper division offerings that are frequently “team taught” by two professors from different fields. They are offered as HONORS392: Honors Colloquium and other various topics.
  • Capstone courses involve advanced work in your major that can take any of the following forms: a senior thesis; a portfolio of fine art or creative writing; field experience in a profession; or a public presentation in the performing arts.

Check the Honors College website for more information and listings of the above courses.