The Honors College at the University of Oklahoma is dedicated to providing academically
gifted students with the opportunity to develop their intellectual potential to the
fullest. The Honors College offers challenging and enlightening courses taught
by its own faculty members as well as faculty from other colleges of the
Students in the program can enjoy the opportunity to enroll in the small
sections (22 students or fewer) of honors courses and also may enjoy
intersession courses, summer study at Oxford University, and research
internships with faculty in science laboratories or on humanities projects. The
Honors College also encourages students to participate in the Oklahoma
Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program (OSLEP) seminars and in study abroad
Students completing the Honors College curricular requirements will have a
degree designation of cum laude (3.4-3.59), magna cum laude (3.6-3.79), or summa cum laude (3.8-4.0). These are the most prestigious
undergraduate degree designations attainable at the university.
Eligibility for the Honors Curriculum
Transfer students who come to the University of Oklahoma with fifteen or more college credit hours and a transfer grade point average of 3.40 or higher are eligible to apply.
OU students who have earned fifteen or more hours of OU credit and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher are eligible to apply.
Freshmen entering the University of Oklahoma are eligible to apply to the Honors
They have a ACT of 30 or higher OR they have a SAT Total of 1330 or higher.
They rank in the top 10% of graduates in their high school class OR they have a high school GPA of 3.75.
Final admission into the Honors curriculum is determined by the evaluation of the Honors curriculum application form, which includes a written essay of 400-500 words.
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Advantages of the Honors Curriculum
There is no extra cost for participating in the Honors
Curriculum. The University is proud to offer this program for its
academically talented students.
The University of Oklahoma is committed to recruiting excellent
and motivated undergraduate students.
Most are funded with talent-based scholarships through either
the National Scholars Program or the OU Scholars Program. A peer
group of such academically talented students creates a supportive
yet challenging environment in which individuals can flourish.
Relationship with Faculty
Honors Students at OU have the advantage of a small college in
that they receive close, personal attention from faculty. In
addition, they have all of the advantages of a large state
university, with over 19,000 students enrolled at OU on the Norman
campus. At a research university like OU, there are many excellent
science faculty with state-of-the-art laboratories whose research
could not be sustained at small colleges. The OU Library, the
largest in the state of Oklahoma, has research-level collections
of books and journals and the facilities and staff to accommodate
scholarly bibliographic work.
Each department has a designated faculty honors coordinator who
assists the honors students majoring in that department and
ensures that they receive the attention of appropriate faculty
members. Thus, the Honors Curriculum works to ensure that no
honors students get lost in the large university community.
Honors students are granted graduate student library privileges,
which both extend the amount of time for which an item can be
checked out and expand the types of items which are accessible for
Honors Student Association
All honors students are automatically registered as members of
the Honors Student Association (HSA). The HSA is an official
student organization at OU and regularly receives funds from the
University of Oklahoma Student Association (UOSA) to sponsor
projects of interest to honors students and the University
community at large.
National Fellowships and Scholarships
The Honors Curriculum diligently grooms Honors students to
compete for such prestigious awards as the British Marshall
Scholarship, the Goldwater Scholarship, the Mellon Fellowship, the
NEH Younger Scholar Award, the NSF Graduate Fellowship Program,
the Rhodes Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship and the national-level
Washington Center Internship Program. Information
and applications for these scholarships and internships are kept
in the Honors College Office, and our staff is available to guide
interested honors students through the often complicated
An undergraduate degree earned cum laude from the
University of Oklahoma is recognized as a prestigious degree. Both
the honors curriculum and the increased level of interaction with
faculty are excellent preparation for admission to graduate and
professional schools. Employers are impressed with the credentials
of cum laude graduates from the University of Oklahoma.
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Graduating with Honors from OU
The University of Oklahoma Honors College has established unique
requirements for graduating cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa
cum laude. Both the final transcript and the diploma carry the
designation. Degree candidates graduating cum laude wear a crimson satin hood with their cap and gown during the commencement
The Honors College Office communicates directly with the Registrar's
Office to determine which students earn the degree
designation. The designation cum laude requires:
at least 9 hours of Honors credit which can include Honors designated courses, study abroad programs sponsored by OU, and OSLEP, Feaver-MacMinn, Puterbaugh or Neustadt seminars
Hon 2973, Perspectives on the American experience, 3 hours
Hon 3993, Colloquium, 3 hours
Honors Reading & Research. All students MUST take 3980 (Research). Honors Reading (3960) may be waived if the senior capstone seminar is research oriented. Some departments require more and research hours (e.g., Zoology). Call Honors College for details. Reading and research do not count for honors elective credit.
a C or higher in all HON classes
> filing an honors thesis (the end result of the honors
reading and research project) with the Honors Office.
> both an OU Retention GPA and a Combined
Retention GPA of
3.40-3.59 for cum laude
3.60-3.79 for magna cum laude
3.80-4.00 for summa cum laude
No student subject to disciplinary sanctions for academic misconduct
at the University will be graduated cum laude.