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Completion Requirements for Students Entering Fall 2016 or Later

Incoming freshmen starting in Fall 2016 will engage in the University Honors new curriculum. Students who began the program prior to Fall 2016 will not be affected; these students can find their completion requirements here.

Note: Current KU and transfer students who have applied to and are starting the program in Fall 2016 or later are encouraged to meet with an Honors staff advisor to discuss the best curriculum for them. Please contact Dr. Anne Dotter to schedule an advising appointment.

Honors Completion Requirements

Honors students will complete an Honors Seminar, 18 hours of Honors course credit, and a selection of 4 Enhanced Learning Experiences (ELEs). 

To remain in good standing with the University Honors Program, students must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or above and demonstrate progress toward completion of their Honors requirements. Failing this, students will lose their priority enrollment benefits. Students with a descending GPA (slipping below a cumulative GPA of 3.5) will be invited to visit an Honors advisor at least twice per semester. 

Honors Enhanced Learning Experiences

Students must complete 4 distinct experiences from the list below. Each ELE may have course-based and/or experience-based paths for completion. No one activity can fulfill two separate experiences (though a course taken toward the 18 hours of Honors credit can also count toward an ELE). Upon completion of each ELE, students will post a reflection question in their KU Portal. (Please check back for the link to this system.)

Honors Enhanced Learning Experience categories include:

1. Public Service
2. Cultural Literacy & Social Justice 
3. Global Citizenship  
4. Aesthetic Engagement 
5. Professional Development & Social Entrepreneurship  
6. Leadership 
7. Research Skills & In-Depth Learning 
8. Interdisciplinarity & Breadth of Learning  
9. Student initiated experience 

A student may find it relatively easy to complete the Public Service and Cultural Literacy ELEs their first year on campus, while they might need to work up to completing the Leadership and Interdisciplinarity ELEs during their junior or senior years.While low 1st year students are doing research, most will find that the ELEs are presented in a suggested order. 

These pages are under construction; please check back later for complete information about these requirements. Pressing questions can be sent to Associate Director Dr. Anne Dotter.


Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
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