The mission of the Honors College is to attract, recruit and retain high achieving, dedicated, and highly motivated students by providing enriching educational opportunities and experiences through an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on intellectual inquiry, student engagement, leadership and global awareness.
There are many benefits to being part of the Honors College:
- Be a member of a tight-knit community of about 100 students.
- Small class sizes (no more than 16 students)
- One-on-one interaction with faculty and artists/scholars-in-residence.
- Personal academic advising from the Honors College advisors and Dean
- Priority living in the Honors College Residence Hall and Freshmen Residence Hall Honor floors.
- Honors College Facility centrally located on campus (Delany Hall)
- Leadership opportunities
- Honors College trips and events
- Support in the completion of an undergraduate thesis and prestigious scholarship applications
SAU PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
- Most prestigious freshman award at SAU
- Awarded to 15 of the most outstanding entering freshmen on a competitive basis
- This scholarship is worth approximately $102,000, which covers tuition, fees, *room and board, and books ($500.00) for four consecutive years of study
A full tuition scholarship with room and board awarded to selected outstanding incoming first-year freshmen with at least a 3.7 grade point average (GPA) and a minimum 1100 SAT score (math and verbal) or a 24 ACT score. It can be renewed annually by maintaining a 3.5 GPA and fulfilling the requirements outlined in the presidential scholarship and honors college contract.
Admissions to Honors College
To be considered for the Honors College, you must be:
- Presidential or Meritorious Scholarship Recipients
- Participate in Bridge to Honors College
- A second-semester freshman or first-semester sophomore with a 3.3 grade point average may apply for admissions to the Honors College.
LEVELS OF HONORS RECOGNITION
Honors College Certificate
A minimum of 18 hours of Honors coursework; complete chosen degree program with a 3.4 cumulative GPA; full participation in the Honors College (community service, leadership, and student engagement); four semesters of honors seminar. Students completing this level will receive an honors certificate with the Honors College seal.
Honors College Scholar
A minimum of 24 hours of Honors coursework; complete chosen degree program with a 3.5 cumulative GPA; full participation in the Honors College (community service, leadership, and student engagement); six semesters of Honors Seminar. Students completing this level will receive the honors certificate with the Honors College seal and President’s or Honors Scholar stole.
Honors Baccalaureate Degree
Graduate with the Honors Baccalaureate degree, one of about 14 such degrees in the nation. A minimum of 30 hours of honors coursework (includes honors seminars; complete chosen degree program with a 3.5 cumulative GPA; full participation in the Honors College (community service, leadership, and student engagement); six semesters of honors seminar. Students completing this level will receive the Honors Bachelor in their major discipline, an honors certificate with the Honors College seal and President’s or Honors College stole.
All Freshmen should take:
FYE 101H (Fall) and FYE 102H (Spring) Global and Critical Inquiry in the First Year
ENGL 131H (Fall) English Comp I & ENGL 132H (Spring) English Comp II
MATH 131H/132H or MATH 135H (STEM) or other General Education courses with honors listing or honors by contract
HON 107 (Fall) and HON 108 (Spring) Community Service
HON 109 (Fall) and HON 110 (Spring) Leadership Lab
HON 101 (Fall) and HON 102 (Spring) Academic Bowl
HON 103 (Fall) and 104 (Spring) Debate/Model UN
HON 105 (Fall) and 106 (Spring) Mock Trial
All Sophomores should take:
General Education courses with honors listing or honors by contract
HON 297 Honors Research Seminar I (Fall) ** and HON 298Honors Research Seminar II (Spring) **
HON 200 level Honors Seminar in the major**.
HON 207 (Fall) and HON 208 (Spring) Community Service
HON 209 (Fall) and HON 210 (Spring) Leadership Lab
HON 201 (Fall) and HON 202 (Spring) Academic Bowl
HON 203 (Fall) and 204 (Spring) Debate/Model UN
HON 205 (Fall) and 206 (Spring) Mock Trial
All Juniors should take:
HON 300 Honors Junior Prep Seminar (Graduate Exam and Career Prep)
HON 300 level Honors Research Seminar or Major Research Seminar (by contract) **
HON 307 (Fall) and HON 308 (Spring) Community Service
HON 309 (Fall) and HON 310 (Spring) Leadership Lab
HON 301 (Fall) and HON 302 (Spring) Academic Bowl
HON 303 (Fall) and 304 (Spring) Debate/Model UN
HON 305 (Fall) and 306 (Spring) Mock Trial
All Seniors should take:
HON 400.H1 Honors Senior Research Project/Thesis or Research Project in the major **
HON 450.H1 Undergraduate Research/Presentations
HON 407 (Fall) and HON 408 (Spring) Community Service
HON 409 (Fall) and HON 410 (Spring) Leadership Lab
HON 401 (Fall) and HON 402 (Spring) Academic Bowl
HON 403 (Fall) and 404 (Spring) Debate/Model UN
HON 405 (Fall) and 406 (Spring) Mock Trial
** Course of study is related to the major.
- Delany Hall Honors Facility
- Falkcrest Apartments, Building D
- Assigned Floor of Weston Residence Hall (females only)
- Assigned Floor of Latham Residence Hall (males only)
- Honor Student Association (HSA)
- Peer Mentoring
Invited Seminar Speakers
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
Field Trips/Study Abroad
Graduate and Professional School Preparation
Honors Speakers Series
The purpose of the Honors College Speakers Series is to offer Saint Augustine’s University community and our triangle community an opportunity to hear from and meet professionals and scholars who have distinguished themselves both locally and nationally. The Speakers Series supports the institution’s commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and community engagement as a hub for intellectual and cultural exchange.
Honors Convocation is an annual celebration to recognize students are for their distinguished academic achievements. It is one of the University’s most important academic traditions.
Recognitions are given in the following categories:
PRESIDENT’S LIST - Students with 3.65 and above cumulative GPA and no grade below “C”.
Provost’s List - Students with a 3.00 to 3.64 cumulative GPA and no grade below “C”.
DEAN’S LIST - FULL-time students with a semester GPA of 3.00 and above and no grade below a “C”.
Freshmen Scholars - First-year traditional students with a cumulative GPA of 4.0
University-Wide Honor Societies and Organizations
Alpha Kappa Mu (www.alphakappamu.org/)
Alpha Sigma Lamda (www.alphasigmalambda.org)
Honors Associations and Leadership Conferences
National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP)
National Council of Honor Colleges (NCHC)
North Carolina Honors Association (NCHA)
State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Conference (SNCURCE)
SAU Honor Student Association (HSA)
Honda Campus All Star Challenge Club