Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

A: The benefits of joining the Honors College are intellectual, communal, and professional. A member of the Honors College pursues rigorous honors coursework, builds relationships and networks with other highly motivated students and honors faculty members, and graduates with a citation from the Honors College on his or her diploma. While such recognition distinguishes an honors graduate among others applying for professional positions and graduate school, many of the rewards of joining the Honors College are less tangible but equally powerful: personal growth and the satisfaction of intellectual challenge. Honors College students engage the community in a variety of ways and are encouraged to become leaders at Purdue and beyond.

Honors College membership also comes with the following resources:

  • The option to live in honors housing throughout your time at Purdue (Incoming students who live on campus are required to live in honors housing during their first year)
  • Honors College co-curricular and extracurricular activities
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Priority registration

A: Any incoming first-year student who applies to Purdue can apply to the Honors College through the common app by November 1st.

If you are a continuing Purdue student or admitted Purdue transfer student with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at your current college or university and have at least 4 semesters remaining at the Purdue West Lafayette campus before graduation, you may apply following instructions on the Honors College Website. The deadline for continuing Purdue students and admitted Purdue transfer students will be the second Friday of classes in fall and spring semesters.

Students entering the Honors College must agree to complete the Honors College curriculum which may be found here.

A: UHP students who transfer into the Honors College may not rejoin the UHP, membership for which is now closed.  Students in college honors programs should seek the advice of the program director.

A: Beginning with Fall 2018, entering students will be assessed an Honors College Differential Fee of $100 per semester. This student support fee enables the college to provide assistance for such things as the scholarly project, student travel to conferences, and programs focused on student well-being.

Curriculum

A: Honors students must take 24 credits of honors coursework including five credits of HONR courses and 19 electives. Students must also complete a thesis or scholarly project before they graduate.

A: The honors contract provides the opportunity to complete honors assignments in a “regular” course and use the hours towards fulfilling honors diploma requirements. Honors contract work is part of the course grade. Honors Contracts are due by the second Friday of the semester. Late submissions will not be accepted. Honors contract proposals are submitted to the disciplinary college which is offering the course. To download the honors contract proposal form, please visit: https://honors.purdue.edu/current-students/honors-courses/contract-courses/index.php

A: These are the types of courses students can take to count towards the 24 credits.
HONR courses: These are courses offered by the Honors College for Honors College students. All first-year students take HONR 19901 in the fall semester and 19902 during the spring semester.
• H designation courses: These are honors courses offered by other departments.
Credits from H designation courses count toward the electives requirement.
• H contract: An honors contract is an agreement between a student and a professor that allows the student to do an honors project in a regular, non-honors course. The student will earn honors credit for completing the project and the course. These credits count toward the electives requirement.
• Thesis research courses: Students can take honors research courses that are directly related to their thesis topic.

A: Yes. Departmental honors programs are distinct from the Honors College. A student may pursue either or both types of honors.

A: HC students need to make progress towards an honors degree and maintain a GPA of 3.50 or above. To progress towards the degree, students must take at least one honors course of any kind each academic year, not counting full semesters during which students study abroad. HC students who do not take at least one honors course in an academic year or whose GPA drops below 3.50 for two consecutive semesters will no longer have priority registration, be provided with HC supplemental advising or be guaranteed the option of completing a thesis or scholarly work under faculty supervision.

A: Absolutely. With proper planning, you can graduate in four years. The Purdue Honors College curriculum is designed to complement your disciplinary plan of study.

Housing

A: Honors College students live with fellow Honors College students as their roommates in the honors residential communities.

In academic year (AY) 2016-2017, the honors residential communities are in Duhme Hall (upper-division students, women only) Third Street Suites (upper-division students) and Honors College and Residences (first-year and upper-division students).

First-year Honors College students who live in University Residences (on-campus student housing) are required to live in the Honors College community in Honors College and Residences with an Honors College roommate.

Due to high demand for honors housing, we cannot accommodate non-Honors roommates in the honors residential communities. Current residents who are in good standing with the Honors College will be eligible to renew their housing contract in the honors residential communities.

A: The Purdue Honors College is a residential college. The shared living space creates a space where ideas and innovation can flow freely.

Programs

A: Yes. Please check the travel programs page located here to see our current offerings.

A: The Honors College has several student organizations. Please visit the student leadership page to learn more about each one and to sign up.

A: All events that require registration have links to rsvp on the event calendar.

Other

A: All Honors College students take an introductory course together during their first year. This first-year experience fosters community and collaboration among students. For the 2014- 2015 academic year, first-year students will take HONR 19901, The Evolution of Ideas, in the fall and HONR 19902, The Evolution of Ideas II, in the spring. These courses meet during the first 8 weeks of the semester.

A: The Honors College provides personalized academic advising for all Honors College students. Honors advising works in tandem with disciplinary advising to ensure that each student finds the best way to incorporate the Honors College curriculum into his or her plan. All honors students are required to meet with their assigned advisor once per academic year.

A: NISO is the National and International Scholarships Office—a division of the Honors College. NISO assists students with excellent academic records—including but not limited to Honors College students—in applying for prestigious, highly competitive national and international awards. You can find more information here: http://www.purdue.edu/niso/.

A: Your Honors College membership travels with you. If you change colleges, also referred to as a change of degree objective (CODO), you will remain in the Honors College.

A: To withdraw formally from the Honors College, please contact your Honors College Advisor via email to express your intentions. To find your assigned Honors College Advisor, please click here.