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Myths & Facts



Future employers and/or graduate schools do not care if I graduate from the Honors College – I will get hired without it.

Through your coursework and co-curricular experiences with the Honors College you will learn to work collaboratively with others, solve problems with interdisciplinary approaches, demonstrate your commitment to a sustained scholarly project, and more. Your Honors Advisor can help you think about these outcomes as you prepare to discuss with future employers and graduate schools how your Honors College experience sets you apart from others. These skills and experiences will help you beyond just your first job and prepare you for your future career.

Honors courses in college will be just like my honors courses in high school.

The Honors College experience at Purdue is different. HONR courses, offered by the Honors College, are intended to bring students from all majors together in small classes (capped at 24) with top-notch faculty. HONR courses focus on discussion, breadth and depth.

Students in my college do not complete the Honors College curriculum.

Students in each of the 10 disciplinary colleges complete the Honors College curriculum.

I am required to live in the Honors College and Residences.

If you elect to live in University Residences (on-campus housing) during your first year at Purdue, you are required to live in an honors residential community. There are no requirements for housing after your first year.

The Honors College requires that I take many extra courses that may not count towards my major plan of study.

Many of the courses you are required to take have potential to also count for honors credit. Look for classes with honors sections or consider contracting a non-honors course for honors credit to meet both major plan of study requirements as well as fulfilling Honors College curriculum requirements. Talk with your Honors College Advisor to determine individualized options and to discuss how graduate level courses and undergraduate research often count toward your requirements.

I do not have time to take an honors class each semester.

You are required to take an honors course every fall, spring, OR summer semester in order to remain in good standing (i.e. one course per academic year). HONR courses, h-sections, honors contracts, 500+ selectives, or faculty supervised research all fulfill this requirement. Students are encouraged to complete more than one honors course each year.

By adding Honors College coursework, I will not be able to graduate on time and/or double major.

Because honors coursework is intended to weave into and complement your major coursework, it will not slow down your time to graduation. Additionally, many Honors students double major, complete a minor or certificate, are on co-op rotation, etc. Students have completed the curriculum in as little as two years.

If my cumulative GPA dips below a 3.30, I will be kicked out of the Honors College or placed on probation.

The Honors College does NOT drop students, or place them on probation. If your cumulative GPA dips below a 3.30 for two consecutive semesters, you will fall out of good standing. You are still a member of the Honors College. You can move back into good standing once your cumulative GPA reaches 3.30.

I am required to study abroad with the Honors College.

Study abroad is not required. However, each academic year the Honors College offers many unique study away trips. This is one of the many ways to earn HONR credit.

I do not have time to complete a scholarly project during my senior year.

It is not necessary to wait until your senior year to complete this requirement. You can start the project earlier, and build on experiences you already have undertaken!