Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of being in Honors?

Challenging coursework, terrific teaching, more writing opportunities, Honors forms of recognition, Honors housing, Honors leadership positions, help with academic planning for student pursuing unique combination majors, cutting-edge undergraduate research opportunities, and participation in a community with many of the brightest, most highly motivated students on our campus.

How are Honors courses different?

Honors courses involve enriched learning experiences that are more challenging than non-honors classes. Honors classes are small in size (20-25 students), are more discussion-based, and involve more faculty-student interaction. Faculty expectations are higher in Honors courses, and many Honors courses are more writing-intensive.

What types of Honors Degrees are available?

Most (though not all) majors offer an Honors Degree. For a list of current Honors Degrees, please click here.

How much of my coursework will be Honors?

Freshmen take at least half of their coursework in Honors. For example, in the first year, Honors students take a minimum of two honors courses each semester including an interdisciplinary, writing-intensive colloquium and an Honors ENGL 110. Students will meet with their faculty advisors to decide which courses should be taken Honors. In the first year, one of these Honors courses will be an interdisciplinary, writing-intensive colloquium and another will be Honors ENGL 110. Upperclassmen are expected to continue taking Honors coursework to meet the requirements for the General Honors Award, Honors Degree, or Honors Degree with Distinction.  After the first year, to remain active in the Honors Program, all students must enroll in at least one Honors course each year.

Do Honors freshmen live together?

Yes. Honors students report living with other students who want an academically challenging education are more satisfied with their living environment than those who do not. However, although Honors students live together, they are not isolated from other freshmen who are not in the Honors Program. While you have the support of fellow Honors students, you are still part of the broader University. Living in Freshman Honors Housing in Louis Redding Hall on East Campus is a requirement of the first year in Honors; however it is possible to get a waiver of this requirement if you plan to live at home with a parent or guardian. After the first year, you can opt to live in upper-class Honors housing, elsewhere on campus, or off-campus.

Is the Honors Program open to all majors?

Yes. You may major in any department on campus. Honors Degrees are available in over 100 majors. Please see this page for a current list of Honors Degrees.

What grade point average must I maintain to remain in the Honors Program?

Honors Program students who entered the Program in Fall 2016 and after must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.20 in the first year to remain in the Honors Program. First semester freshmen who fall below a 3.20 will be placed on probation and will be notified about their probationary status. They will not be allowed to take Honors courses if their GPA is below a 3.00. If their GPAs remain below a 3.20 at the end of the first year, students will be contacted and removed from the Honors Program.

After the second year and in subsequent years, Honors Program students must maintain a minimum of a 3.30 overall GPA to remain in the Program. All Honors Program students will be reviewed yearly after spring semester grades are posted. After the first year, any Honors student falling below a 3.30 GPA at the end of any year of study will be contacted and removed from the Honors Program.

If I am removed from the Honors Program, can I re-apply?

Former Honors Program students wishing to re-apply to the program may do so after their overall GPAs improve to a 3.40 or higher. A student who is removed from the Honors Program will be eligible to take Honors courses again once the student’s overall GPA improves to a 3.00 or higher.

Will I have time for outside activities?

Yes. UD Honors students are a remarkably active group: they include former high school musicians, athletes, debaters, theatre buffs, newspaper and yearbook editors, peer tutors, quiz bowl and Model UN enthusiasts, class officers, and many participants in community service and other volunteer activities. We expect you to have a life outside the classroom. In fact, at Delaware Honors students are over-represented in student activities. We have a strong Honors presence in the University of Delaware Marching Band and in the leadership of registered student organizations/clubs. Our students also participate in varsity, club, and intramural sports.

How do I apply for admission to Honors? And if I am not admitted to Honors, will I still be considered for admission to the University?

The application for the University of Delaware Honors Program is included in Delaware’s supplement to the Common Application. To be considered for admission, students must complete the Honors application and required essay. If you are not admitted into Honors, your application will be automatically reviewed for general admission to the University. Questions about applying to the Honors Program should be directed to the Admissions Office.

Can I apply to Honors after the freshman year at UD?

Students who did not apply or who were not admitted to Honors as incoming freshmen can apply as full-time matriculated UD students. Students seeking admission to Honors must have a minimum 3.40 cumulative University of Delaware GPA, taken a minimum of 2 Honors courses (6 credits) with grades of B or better, and submit an application along with 2 letters of recommendation from Honors faculty members.

Is there an additional fee for being in the Honors Program?