We automatically admit all students awarded SAU Presidential or Hallman scholarships. All other first-year and transfer students are admitted based upon a global assessment of academic potential. We examine their ACT or SAT scores, high school GPAs, required submitted essays, letters of recommendation and other relevant information. Current SAU students who have earned at least a 3.5 GPA may petition the Honors College for admission. Students transferring from affiliated Honors 2+2 programs must hold a minimum college GPA of 3.25. They, too, must submit an online application, required essays, and letters of recommendation.
Students in the Honors College find honors-credit courses challenging and rewarding. Enrollment in honors classes does not simply earn students extra written assignments. Unlike how high school AP classes are often seen as a necessary grind, honors classes are interesting and intellectually stimulating. Honors College courses differ from the standard college classes in many ways; they are usually smaller and not lecture-based. Honors College classes do not necessarily involve a greater amount of work than other classes at the university, but they require students to apply critical thinking skills and to function at a higher cognitive level. Specifically, they feature greater depth of coverage, more class participation, more contact time with instructors, and more use of state of the art technology.
To earn the distinction as an Honors College graduate, students must complete a total of 24 hours of Honors College credit. Classes offered include seminars, general education courses, upper-level courses in the student’s major field, colloquiums, theses, and independent studies.
All honors students have the option to live in the Honors Halls. Opened in Fall 2004, the Honors Hall North houses 86 students in suites connected by a bathroom. Honors Hall South houses 96 students in traditional rooms with a community bathroom. The Honors Halls share a recreation room, computer lab, classroom, laundry room, ADA rooms, and an elevator. Honors students may choose to live in any SAU residence hall. Juniors and seniors may also opt to live in apartment-style living in SAU’s University Village apartments.
The Honors College Student Advisor is also housed in the Honors Hall in order to answer any questions and provide the students with 24-hour assistance and advice.