Honors Program

“Bank Error in Your Favor” (College Mistakenly Bumps Up GPA)

Question: I was admitted to my first choice university less than a week after I applied, and I accepted their admission offer. However their honors program is a separate application, and as I was applying for honors, I noticed that they used my weighted GPA as my unweighted GPA. (Ex. [not my actual gpa] instead ...

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Honors 101: What to Expect from a College Honors Program

Today’s article was submitted by Heather Hamilton. For many students, there are a number of unknowns during the transitional phase from high school to college, and the types of classes you will face can be a source of curiosity for many incoming college students. College honors programs are one option you may encounter, and they ...

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Informing Colleges About Independent Study Classes

Question: I m graduating early and will be doing independent study for health and English. For my college applications, according to my transcript I am missing classes. How do I inform colleges (and the Macaulay Honors Program at CUNY) that i am doing independent study and I will have all the requirements done by the ...

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Honors Program Admission May Not Mean Merit Bucks, Too

Question: I was recently accepted into the “Honors Program” at the college I will attend in the fall, increasing my odds of receiving the “Presidential Scholarship.” My parents appear to make too much money for me to get need-based aid. The school denied me the merit scholarship based on my mid-year GPA. I have since ...

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Is this an “Activity” or an “Honor”?

Question: On the Common Application, it asks for “any academic distinctions or honors you have received.” There are some organizations such as International Thespian Society that grant membership only after a lengthy qualification process. Would membership in such an organization be considered an “honor” or should it go in the Extracurricular Activities section? A membership ...

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