Honors Graduate Rachel King

Honors Benefits

  • Delivers an intimate, elite college experience at a public university price, and with the unparalleled research and career networking opportunities of Alabama’s high-tech center.
  • Blends a traditional emphasis on arts and sciences, critical thinking, and communication skills with a practical, career-oriented education.
  • Offers additional one-on-one professional and peer support to ensure success.
  • Enriches any major or program and typically requires no extra course work.
  • Provides small, engaging and inspiring classes that students remember.
  • Culminates in an independent research project: excellent preparation for career or professional and graduate school.
  • Offers a community of motivated Honors Students who enjoy dedicated activities, study rooms, and common spaces, along with a dedicated residence hall for those who choose to live on campus.
  • Gives priority registration to all Honors Students.
  • Records Honors Degree on both the transcript and diploma.
  • Publishes research projects through the Salmon Library.

Honors FAQ

Who may join the Honors College?

All qualified, seriously committed students are encouraged to participate in the Honors College. See Honors College Admission Requirements for complete information.

Do Honors courses cost more?

No. Honors courses are counted as regular courses for tuition, scholarship and academic load purposes.

Are there any special fees associated with the Honors College?

Yes. Honors Students pay a fee of $190/semester. This fee funds items that directly benefit Honors Students, like special Honors Classes, scholarships for study abroad, support for summer research, and speakers and events that only Honors Students can enjoy.

Is there scholarship support in the Honors College?

Students should comply with the application guidelines of the Office of Financial Aid in order to be eligible for UAH's scholarship programs. While Honors students are eligible for a wide range of UAH scholarships (see UAH Financial Aid for more information) there is currently only 1 scholarship intended only for Honors Students, and application is made through the Office of Financial Aid.

Are Honors courses more work than regular courses?

No. Honors courses have somewhat different content that's intended to benefit serious students. They are not meant to overburden you or to damage your university experience. Honors courses treat learning as a challenging, rewarding, and joyous endeavor. Some material will be covered in more depth than in regular courses or with more rigor, but this does not mean more work, just a different kind of work.

Are Honors courses taken in addition to the rest of my major/minor/general courses? Will it take me longer to graduate?

No, Honors courses are developed so that they count in place of (not in addition to) your normally required courses. For example, Honors English is taken instead of regular English courses, etc. Interdisciplinary seminars and other HON courses count as normal electives toward graduation. Honors students do not usually have to take extra course hours to graduate.

Is academic advisement available for Honors students?

Absolutely! An important benefit of the Honors College is the individualized advisement available to students. Honors students need to plan their coursework carefully so that they can take full advantage of special Honors opportunities and move efficiently toward their degrees. The Honors Administrator and Advisor and college advisors will provide this help.

Do scholastic honors and recognition come with participation in the Honors College?

Yes. All Honors coursework is noted on the transcript and an explanation of the academic distinction inherent in Honors education is attached. Students who participate fully in the Honors College by completing the required 24 hours or 12-hour certificate including the Honors Thesis will be recognized at graduation and in other formal ceremonies commemorating academic excellence.

Do Honors courses give additional grade points, as in some high school advanced placement courses?

No, the grade point scale in Honors courses is the same as in all other courses.

I started my freshman year with credit already (e.g., Advanced Placement) for EH 101 and EH 102. Do I have to take EH 105 to receive Honors credit or will I get Honors credit for my classes in which I have already taken or placed out of?

EH 105 is a required course for all incoming Honors freshmen. If you are coming in with dual enrollment or AP credit for EH 101, 102 or both, you should still take EH 105. If you have fulfilled the EH 101 and EH 102 requirements, EH 105 will count as a humanities (rather than a composition) course. In this way, EH 105 will not add extra course requirements to your general education schedule.

Is graduating in the Honors College the same as "graduating with Honors" (e.g., "cum laude")?

No. Graduating with Honors (sometimes called "Latin Honors") is based solely on your GPA when you graduate. An Honors Diploma is a special accomplishment acknowledging that you have completed the richer, more demanding curriculum of the Honors College.

I tried to register for an Honors course and it says I have a "Test Score / Prereq Hold". What does that mean?

Only Honors students may register for Honors courses without permission. If you're sure you're an eligible Honors student, check with the Honors Office. If you're not an Honors student, you should wait until early registration is over and then contact the Honors Office; you may be able to take the course if there is still room in the course AND you qualify. See Honors Courses for more information.

I have dual enrollment/advanced placement credit. Do they count toward the Honors Diploma?

In general, dual enrollment or advance placement courses do not count as Honors credits, unless they are specifically denoted as a college-level Honors course. Honors courses taken at other colleges or universities may qualify as Honors credit at UAH if the Dean approves it.

I'm a member of an honor society, such as Alpha Lambda Delta or Phi Kappa Phi. Does this mean I'm in the Honors College? Can I take Honors classes?

No, the Honors College is an academic college with its own curriculum and courses. Although many students in the Honors College are eligible for membership in honor societies, Honors students must apply and be admitted to the Honors College in order to be eligible for most Honors courses.  Non-Honors students may be able to take an Honors course if there is room in the course and meet the 3.25 minimum GPA requirement.