The University Honors Program offers special opportunities for superior students to pursue challenging academic work that is tailored to individual interests and abilities. The Honors Program emphasizes more than just courses and grades; it provides opportunities for students to participate in creative activities outside of the classroom. Further, the Honors Program is built around a commitment to community service and civic engagement—guiding principles of Florida Gulf Coast University.
The Honors Program is university wide and open to students of all levels. Prospective honors students must meet high academic standards and should be interested in developing themselves beyond the traditional classroom setting. Current FGCU students should have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher. Our application is available through our webpage, www.fgcu.edu/honors.
There are many benefits to participating in the Honors Program. It offers courses that are unique. They range in nature from courses that take a unique view of a particular subject matter, to courses that are offered outside FGCU, to honors sections of general education courses. Moreover, the University Honors Program offers scholarships and special events and activities that are available only to students in the program. Resident students of the Honors Program can request to be placed in Honors Housing. All students in the Honors Program enjoy priority registration and have extended library privileges.
Each student who fulfills Honors Program requirements is given special recognition at graduation, and a notation is included on the student’s official transcript. Successful completion of an honors program curriculum demonstrates an individual’s ability to study independently, yet collaboratively, and to achieve excellence; qualities that are valued by professional schools, graduate schools, and employers.
To graduate from the Honors Program, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, complete a minimum of 12 credits of honors courses, and complete the appropriate number of Honors Experiences. The number of Experiences required depends upon when the student entered the Honors Program. Students entering the Honors Program as First-Time-in-College Freshmen and who do not have an A.A. degree must complete the Freshman Experience and two of the other experiences from the list below. All other students must complete at least two experiences from the list below.