Honors Program

Join the highly motivated students in Honors Studies at SUNY Ulster, who 

  • enjoy the exhilaration of intellectual challenge as part of a learning community of professors and students.

  • transfer to a wide variety of major colleges and universities that have enthusiastically endorsed the high academic standards and integrity of the program. 

  • realize unequaled economic savings in their first two years of college study through SUNY Ulster's low tuition rates and high levels of scholarship support. 

  • attend specially structured Honors classes that are kept small to encourage maximum interchange between students and professors. 

Honors classes feature

  • small class size, providing a seminar environment. 

  • emphasis on writing, discussion, and student presentations. 

  • readings of original sources and research articles, where possible, rather than textbooks. 

  • enrichment activities outside of class, including field trips, speakers, and cultural and social events. 

Honors Studies are open to students in all programs who meet the criteria for admission. Students who successfully complete 18 credits of Honors-level courses, fulfill the requirements of their academic programs and earn an overall GPA of 3.3 receive the Honors designation at graduation.

 

Criteria for Admission

Applicants will be subject to qualitative admission standards.

Students will be permitted to enroll in ENG 171Honors English I, or ENG ENG 172Honors English II, only by the permission of the Honors Program Director.  Students will be advised to consider enrolling in additional Honors classes if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

Incoming Freshmen

  • The student is a College Scholar, having graduated in the top 10 percent of the high school class, and is eligible for ENG 171 Honors English I*.

or

  • The student has a high school average of 90 or higher, is eligible for ENG 171*, and the results of all placement tests indicate that the student is eligible to take college-level course work in all subject areas.

or

  • The student has an earned G.E.D., is eligible for ENG 171*, and the results of all placement tests indicate that the student is eligible to take college-level course work in all subject areas. Additionally, there is some evidence, such as a high standardized test score, to suggest that the student shows academic promise.

or

  • The student has been home schooled, is eligible for ENG 171*, and the results of all placement tests indicate that the student is eligible to take college-level course work in all subjects. Additionally, there is some evidence, such as a high standardized test score, to suggest that the student shows academic promise.

 

Early College Students

The advisor for Early College students may recommend Honors courses if a student has a high school average of 90 or higher, is eligible for ENG 171 Honors English I, and the results of all placement tests indicate that the student is eligible to take college-level course work in all subject areas. Enrollment in Honors courses is only by the permission of the Honors Program Director.

Continuing and Transfer Students   

A continuing and transfer student may be admitted to participate in Honors courses if the student has a distinguished academic record, with a G.P.A of 3.5 earned in college-level course work, and a grade of B+ or better in ENG 101 or its equivalent. Enrollment in Honors courses is only by permission of the Honors Program Director.    

* Based on the English placement essay and by permission of the Honors Director. 

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