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 instead of tests. 
  • 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

A student may enroll in ENG 171 or ENG 172 by recommendation of the English Department, usually based on the English placement essay. A student will be advised to consider enrolling in other Honors classes if he or she meets one or more of the following criteria:

Early Admissions Students

The student has a high school average of 90 or higher, is eligible for ENG 171, and the results of all placement tests are sufficient to allow the student to take only college-level course work. Under those conditions, the advisor for Early Admissions students may recommend Honors classes.

Incoming Freshmen

The student is a College Scholar and is eligible for ENG 171.
or
The student has a high school average of 90 or higher, is eligible for ENG 171, and the results of all placement tests are sufficient to allow the student to take only college-level course work.
or
The student has an earned G.E.D., is eligible for ENG 171, and the results of all placement tests are sufficient to allow the student to take only college-level course work. In addition, there is some evidence, such as a high standardized test score, to suggest that the student shows academic promise.

Continuing and Transfer Students

The student has a distinguished academic record, with a GPA of 3.5 earned in college-level course work and a grade of B or better in ENG 101 or its equivalent.

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