Program Requirements

Honors Carolina has high standards for students who join our program. Students who meet these requirements before graduation will be designated an Honors Carolina Laureate in the commencement bulletin and on their academic transcripts.

Students should refer to the chart below for a full list of program requirements based on their entry:

When were you admitted?Honors First Year SeminarAdditional honors course during the first yearHNRS 101
(formerly 326)
HNRS 201Total Honors CreditsGPA
FALL 2021
As an incoming first-year1 required1 required
(in addition to an honors first year seminar and HNRS 101)
1 required
(fall of first year)
1 required
(spring of second year)
27 by graduation
(includes HNRS 101/201 pass/fail hours)
Maintain 3.000 or higher
During the first semester of my second year
OR
As a second year (sophomore) transfer
n/an/an/an/a15 by graduationMaintain 3.000 or higher
SPRING 2021
During the second semester of my first yearn/an/an/an/a18 by graduationMaintain 3.000 or higher
FALL 2020
As an incoming first-year1 required1 required
(in addition to an honors first year seminar and HNRS 326)
1 required
(fall of first year)
1 required
(spring of second year)
24 by graduation
(excludes HNRS 326/201 pass/fail hours)
Maintain 3.000 or higher
During the first semester of my second year
OR
As a second year (sophomore) transfer
n/an/an/an/a15 by graduationMaintain 3.000 or higher
BEFORE FALL 2020
As an incoming first-year1 required1 required
(in addition to an honors first year seminar)
n/an/a24 by graduationMaintain 3.000 or higher
During the second semester of my first yearn/an/an/an/a18 by graduationMaintain 3.000 or higher
During the first semester of my second year
OR
As a second year (sophomore) transfer
n/an/an/an/a15 by graduationMaintain 3.000 or higher

 

If a student’s GPA drops below 3.0, they will be placed on probation for one semester. If the student’s GPA remains below 3.0, they will be removed from the program.

Students can earn half of the Honors Carolina credit hours needed for graduation through an Honors Study Abroad program or Burch Field Research Seminar.