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Admission Requirements

Incoming freshmen are invited to participate in the Honors Program! UNO’s Honors Program takes a holistic approach to applications, but candidates admitted to our program generally demonstrate more than one of the following

  • Evidence of advanced writing and critical thinking skills
  • Evidence of intellectual, academic, and community engagement and commitment
  • Composite ACT of 27 or combined SAT of 1220
  • High school class rank in the top 15% or high school GPA of 3.75 or higher
  • Transfer/On-Campus applicants must have a college GPA of 3.5 or higher

 ALL APPLICANTS are required to submit a letter of support for their application AND to complete an essay (question below).

All recommenders should submit letters in PDF format to unohonors@unomaha.edu.

All applicants interested in the Honors Program are encouraged to apply by submitting their essay in an EMAIL to UNOHonors@unomaha.edu, with their name and NUID number in the subject line, and with the text of their essay in the body of the email.

ESSAY QUESTION:
You have decided to further your education at UNO. How will your participation in the University Honors Program enhance that decision? Discuss the contributions YOU will make to our Honors Program.

 

 

Option I: University Honors with Thesis

To earn University Honors with Thesis, a student must complete 30 credit hours of Honors work, including a thesis or similar project, with a grade-point average of 3.50 among these credits; the recommended curriculum is 6-9 hours per year in the first and second years, and 6 in the third and fourth. These credits are to include:

  • At least 6 credits (two courses) of honors colloquium credit
  • 3-6 credits of senior thesis, project, or departmental capstone with contract.
  • As many as 9 credits of Advanced Placement credit. (optional)
  • As many as 6 credits of internship, tutoring, or similar activity. (optional)
  • Students in the College of Education may avail themselves of Education Option II, which entails an additional honors colloqium (for a total of 9 credits) and a presentation at the Senior Honors Symposium derived from the student teaching or practicum experience in lieu of the senior thesis or project. Education Option II still requires a total of 30 Honors credits and results in University Honors with Presentation on the transcript at graduation.

Option II: University Honors - No Thesis

To earn University Honors, a student must complete 24 credit hours of Honors work, with a grade-point average of 3.50 among these credits; the recommended curriculum is 6-9 hours per year in the first and second years, and 6 in the third and fourth. These credits are to include:

  • At least 6 credits (two courses) of honors colloquium credit.
  • As many as 6 credits of Advanced Placement credit.
  • As many as 6 credits of internship, tutoring, or similar activity.
  • Option II students must present material from a senior course at the Senior Honors Symposium.

This option is not available to students in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, or Engineering, who must complete Option I or Option III.

Option III shall be known as University Honors with Service Learning/Study Abroad/Capstone Option

  • 30 Honors hours required
  • 6 hours of Colloquia required; no waivers
  • Presentation at annual Honors Symposia required
  • Instead of the thesis/creative activity required in Option I, the student may substitute one of the following:
    • A study abroad experience of at least one semester with a minimum of 12 credit hours earned and a written paper submitted which would be the basis of the required presentation;
    • A two-semester off campus Internship at the middle management or above level and a written paper submitted which would be the basis of the required presentation;
    • Two service learning courses and submission of a written paper that would be the basis of the required presentation may, with the approval of the College Coordinator and the University Honors Committee, substitute for the thesis in Option I;
    • A departmental senior level capstone course and presentation may, with the approval of the College Coordinator and the University Honors Committee, substitute for the thesis in Option I
    • COE and Engineering students may substitute student teaching and the Engineering capstone project, respectively, along with presentation, for the thesis in Option I.

Transfer Students and Junior Entrants

Transfer students entering the honors program must complete 15 hours of Honors work, to include:

  • 6 credits of senior thesis or project. College of Education students may present findings from a project associated with the student teaching experience.
  • At least 6 credits (two courses) of honors colloquium credit. The college honors coordinators and committees may grant exceptions to this requirement.
  • Either one or two honors courses or internships, or 35 hours of verified and supervised community service, volunteerism, or relevant work experience.

Students transferring in good standing from another university's honors program will have all honors credit honored, and will therefore be evaluated on an individual basis.

College Requirements

The Honors Program requirements for the individual colleges of the University are as follows:

  • Arts and Sciences: Students must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher, complete at least 15 honors credits outside the major area, and complete at least 6 but no more than 12 credits of honors colloquia.
  • Business Administration: Students must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher, complete at least 12 honors credits outside the major area, and complete at least 6 but no more than 12 credits of honors colloquia.
  • Education: Students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 or higher. 15 hours of Honors credit are to be outside the College of Education, and 12 are to be within the College or related content areas.
  • Engineering: Students must complete 15 credits of Honors course work with a 3.50 GPA or higher, complete 15 to 18 credits of predetermined major curriculum core courses with a 3.67 GPA, and all other courses with a GPA of 3.25. 15 honors credits must be outside the major area, including at least one communication or English course.
  • Communication, Fine Arts and Media: Students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 or higher and 3.50 or higher in their major department and complete at least 6 but no more than 12 credits of honors colloquia.
  • Education and Human Sciences: Students must maintain a GPA of 3.50 or higher and complete at least 6 but no more than 12 credits of honors colloquia.
  • Information Science & Technology: Students must maintain a GPA of 3.50 or higher, complete at least 12 honors credits ourside the major area, and complete at least 6 but no more than 12 credits of honors colloquia.
  • Public Affairs and Community Service: Students must maintain a GPA of 3.20 or higher and complete three honors credits for every 12 regular credits.
  • University Division: Students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 or higher and enroll in 3-6 honors credits per semester.