Admission to the University Honors Program requires a formal application. On average, students admitted to the Program have ACT composite scores of at least 30, are in the top ten percent of their high school class, and have demonstrated a commitment to intellectual curiosity and academic excellence. Acceptance into the Program is based on a comprehensive evaluation of the student’s application by the Honors Program Faculty Committee. All undergraduate colleges support the Program, and honors courses apply to college and major requirements. A special notation is made on the transcript and diploma upon graduation from the University Honors Program to inform graduate schools and employers of the student’s superior performance. Honors Program students may request housing in the honors residence, the Neihardt Residence Center. Students admitted to the University Honors Program may also be admitted to the cohort-based Honors programs or academies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management and the Nebraska Business Honors Academy. Students may be admitted to the University Honors Program prior to their first year of college, after having completed at least one semester at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, or upon transferring to the University.
Students admitted to the Honors Program prior to their first year of college must fulfill the following requirements in order to complete the Program:
- Full-time student: 12 credit hours each semester (fall and spring); completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours per academic year with at least 9 hours graded in each fall and spring term.
- Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.5
- 24 total credit hours in honors courses with a grade of B or better, with at least 6 hours completed each academic year (summer, fall, and spring): to include 189H and 395H.
Complete at least 6 honors credit hours with a grade of B or better, including 189H and 98H in the first semester; attend one Honors workshop or pre-approved equivalent in the second semester.
Complete at least 6 honors credit hours with a grade of B or better each year (Summer, Fall, and/or Spring); attend one honors workshop or pre-approved equivalent in each of the third and fourth semesters.
Third and Fourth years:
Complete at least 6 honors credit hours with a grade of B or better each year (Summer, Fall, and/or Spring), including one 395H.
- Completion of an honors senior project (e.g., thesis or creative project).
Students admitted to the Program having earned college credits after high school graduation either at the University of Nebraska or another school should discuss modified requirements with an Honors Program advisor.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program have access to all honors courses taught at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln without additional authorization, provided they have met any necessary pre-requisites.
NOTE: 189H Freshman Seminar is an honors course offered by participating academic departments and is required of all students in the University Honors Program.