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Honors College:Critical Experiences


Freshman (1st Year) Guidelines

  • Review Degree Works to understand the courses needed to complete degree
  • Undecided majors
    • Visit Center for Major Exploration (CME) to do inventories to determine strengths
    • Consider taking UNIV 120 Career Exploration
  • Decided Majors
    • Determine when advisors want to meet each semester
    • Review major requirements
    • Consider double majors and/or minors
    • Consider Co-Op and Internships depending on major
  • Clarify personal values and vision
  • Examine if Study Abroad can fit into schedule and if so, schedule meeting with the Study Abroad office in Dragas Hall
  • Familiarize yourself with the services in the Student Success building (Educational Accessibility, Peer Mentoring, Tutoring, etc.)
  • If you used additional educational resources in high school, like an IEP or a 504 plan, you should consider presenting the Office of Educational Accessibility documentation on your disability to receive accommodation services
  • Learn where the Career Management Center (CMC) liaison and coordinators are located in your college or in Webb Center
  • Examine potential involvement by attending the Organizational Fair on Kaufman Mall
  • Meet with the Honors College Advisor in the fall and spring semesters to discuss Honors requirements and your progress
  • Consider taking and complete honors general education courses
  • Complete two lectures (one each semester) for Honors College Requirements

Sophomore (2nd Year) Guidelines

  • Undecided majors
    • Declare major
    • Meet with your advisor for your College
    • Confirm with the Honors College advisor that you have no holds on your account
  • Decided Majors
    • Meet each semester with your advisor to schedule your following semester's classes
    • Confirm you have no holds on your accounts
  • If moving off-campus, update your local address in LeoOnline under Personal Information
  • Update your personal statement and resume/vitae Schedule a meeting with the Career Management Center (CMC) representative for your College to review your resume, personal statement/vision, etc.
  • Consider taking UNIV 200 Career Implementation course (prepares students for Co-Ops and Internships)
  • Attend the Co-Op/Internship Fair
  • Remain involved in on-campus activities
  • If you find yourself struggling with academic difficulties, explore the possibilities of meeting with someone in the Office of Educational Accessibility, Peer Mentoring, Counseling, etc.
  • If possible, complete a short-term or prepare for a long-term study abroad course
  • Schedule a meeting with your Honors' advisor at least once during the academic year. Confirm if your major has a Capstone Project or if you will need to register for HNRS 487 in your senior year.
  • In the spring semester, send the Dean the information for your HNRS 387 Civic Learning Project to receive permission to do the project
  • Consider applying for an Undergraduate Research Project. Meet with a professor in your field of interest
  • Determine if you will be taking the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc. If so, check out the books from the Honors College about the tests and do practice on-line tests
  • Consider taking and complete honors general education courses
  • Complete two lectures (one each semester) for Honors College Requirements

Junior (3rd Year) Guidelines

  • Schedule appointment in the fall with the Honors College Advisor to review your requirements to confirm that you are on-track for graduation
  • If you are going to do Undergraduate Research Program...
    • Confirm the professor you will be working with
    • Develop proposal
    • Meet with the Dean and Professor to review your proposal
    • Turn in Undergraduate Grant Proposal
  • If you have moved since your sophomore year, update your local address in LeoOnline under Personal Information
  • If doing a long-term study abroad, participate in it. While overseas, schedule a SKYPE meeting with the Honors College advisor to discuss requirements Meet with the CMC representative to update resume, discuss plans upon graduation, update personal statement/vision, etc.
  • Attend the Fall and Spring career fairs through the CMC in the Ted
  • Schedule meeting with your advisor each semester with the spring semester focusing on making sure you have completed the requirements for your final year so that you can graduate Do HNRS 387 Civic Learning Project Complete two lectures (one each semester) for Honors College Requirements Consider doing contract courses for the Honors College
  • If planning on graduate school...
    • Sign up for GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT. See who sponsors the tests and check their websites for deadlines
      • If you need accommodations (such as extended time or a paper-based test) on a standardized test, bring documentation and application information to the Office of Educational Accessibility for assistance in acquiring accommodations.
    • Attend the graduate school fair sponsored by the CMC
    • Talk with your professor/advisor about what you are thinking about studying in graduate school
    • Research and talk with your professors and advisors about graduate schools that you could attend

Senior (4th Year) Guidelines

  • Schedule meetings with your professors and the Dean to write letters of recommendation If you have moved since your junior year, update your local address in LeoOnline under Personal Information
  • Check Degree Works and meet with your advisor to make sure you have completed all requirements for graduation in the spring semester
  • Apply to graduate school Complete your Capstone Course (either in your major or HNRS 487)
  • Complete two lectures (one each semester) for Honors College Requirements
  • Consider doing contract courses for the Honors College
  • Career Management Center
    • Visit to review resume, personal statement, vision, etc.
    • Attend the Career Fair in the Ted both in the Fall and Spring semesters
    • Practice interviews with the CMC to prepare for interviews off-site (either business or graduate school)
    • Discuss protocols for after doing an interview
    • Consider taking UNIV 400 Career Engagement (career prep class for those graduating in May)
  • Apply by November 30th for May commencement If receiving Financial Aid, complete the financial aid exit process
  • Complete Undergraduate Research Project if cleared for one
  • Schedule meeting with the Honors College Advisor in Fall to make sure all requirements will be completed for graduation in the spring semester Pick-up Honors certificate, tassel, and medal for graduation