Fall 2021 Freshmen
The Fall 2021 application will be live by mid-September. A complete written application includes a cover page, two essays, and a letter of recommendation. Information regarding the essays and the recommendation will be available soon. Upon review of the written application, qualifying applicants will be invited to participate in a program interview via zoom prior to final selection. Interview dates will be available in November, January, or February. All questions should be directed to the Honors Program Director, Dr. Laurel Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements to join the Honors Program
All motivated incoming CAS freshmen are invited to apply to the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. While we do review GPA and test scores, invitations are based on the entire application, with emphasis on the two essays and the letter of recommendation. Upon evaluation of application materials, the Honors Council will invite students to complete an interview process. A select group of students will be invited to join the program based on their honors admissions essay, interview, letters of recommendation and prior academic performance.
Incoming Transfer Students
The CAS Honors Program has developed Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with area colleges in order to simplify the transfer process into our Honors Program. A list of those schools and the articulation agreements are below. Please indicate on your CAS Honors Program application if you are transferring from one of these schools and are participating in their Honors Program. If you are not currently in an Honors Program, but are interested in transferring into our program, please contact Dr. Laurel Rodgers, the CAS Honors Program director. She will be able to determine whether you qualify for our program and whether you would be able to complete the program prior to graduating from Shenandoah University. Transfer student applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and qualified students will be invited for an interview.
CAS Honors Program Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs):
All CAS students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 are eligible to complete honors courses. These courses will be marked as honors classes on your transcript. Current Freshmen have the opportunity to apply during the spring semester to join the CAS Honors program in their second year at SU. A completed application needs to be submitted by email to Dr. Laurel Rodgers (email@example.com) by 5:00PM on February 24, 2020. The application must include one letter of recommendation from a Shenandoah University faculty member, a cover page, a copy of your resume, and the two required essays. Application materials can be found below. Upon review of all applications, qualified students will be invited to an interview on March 20, 2020. Please direct all questions to the program director, Dr. Laurel Rodgers.
Part-time students are eligible to apply to the CAS Honors Program and, if accepted, will be allowed to progress at a slower pace through the honors curriculum than full-time students. Part-time students are highly encouraged to meet with the Honors Program Director prior to applying to the program.
Requirements to remain within the Honors Program
To remain within the Honors Program all students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 at the end of each academic year. Students who fall below the 3.5 GPA will be allowed one probationary semester. Students who fail to demonstrate adequate progress toward the minimum GPA or completion of Honors Program course requirements will be removed from the program. All students must also maintain good academic and social standing as defined by the academic catalog; a single infraction may result in the removal from the program.
Requirements to Complete the Honors Program
Upon graduation from Shenandoah University, students will be acknowledged for completing the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program if they have completed the following honors courses with a grade of a B- or better:
- 6 credits of Honors General Education courses
- 6 credits of Honors courses in a student’s declared major
- 3 credits of Honors seminars (HON 101, HON 201, HON 301)
15 credits total
One course cannot be applied to both the General Education and the student’s declared Major category. A maximum of two graduate or cross-listed undergraduate/graduate courses may be applied toward a student’s honors certificate.