Graduating with Honors

Graduation with University Honors is one of the highest honors granted by Bowling Green State University.

To graduate with University Honors, students must demonstrate not only their ability to perform well in a range of both Honors and non-Honors courses but also their attainment of the five learning outcomes essential to the Honors College:

  1. the ability to draw interdisciplinary connections, 
  2. to convey ideas clearly and forcefully both orally and in writing,
  3. to think independently, 
  4. to think critically and analytically, and
  5. to work collaboratively with others. 
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When you graduate with University Honors, your name and title of your project appears in the graduation program book and you receive the privilege of wearing additional academic regalia, an Honors medallion, provided to you by the Honors College.

Students who aspire to graduate with University Honors must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for this prestigious distinction

  • Earn a minimum cumulative University G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher.
  • Earn a minimum 3.4 Honors GPA in at least 23 letter-graded credit hours of Honors coursework. Only grades in which an “A” or a “B” was earned will count toward the 23 credit hour minimum
    • HNRS 2010: Introduction to Critical Thinking, HNRS 2020: Critical Thinking about Great Ideas, HNRS 4980: Honors Project Development, and HNRS 4990: Honors Project must be included in Honors GPA
  • Complete at least 15 Honors credits by the end of the 4th semester enrolled in the Honors College.
  • Complete and orally defend an Honors Project and earn a grade of “A” or “B” in both HNRS 4980: Honors Project Development and HNRS 4990: Honors Project. 

Failure to complete any of the requirements may result in probation or dismissal from the Honors College and prevent the student from graduating with University Honors.

Updated: 02/07/2024 01:55PM