With the consolidation of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College in January of 2016, the GPC Honors Program became part of the Georgia State University Honors College. Prior to that alliance, Honors enjoyed a long history at the institution; Honors education was a part of the educational opportunities available to students since 1967. In 1983, the DeKalb College Honors Program was officially established, and it offered Honors courses, primarily concentrated in the Humanities and Social Sciences, on the Dunwoody, Decatur, and Clarkston Campuses. The Honors Program formally entered the Honors community that year by joining the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council, the Southern Regional Honors Council, and the National Collegiate Honors Council. In 1992, the Honors Program began operating at all of the campuses and gradually expanded its course offerings into all areas of the curriculum.
The Honors College is an academic and student services program for students following any of the pathways at Perimeter who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and motivation. The Honors College offers intellectually challenging courses taught by dedicated faculty, interaction with other students, and opportunities for recognition and service. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to achieve excellence in all areas of their experience at Perimeter College. The Honors College fosters in its students a lifelong commitment to intellectual inquiry through their engagement with the academic community and society at large. The Honors College seeks to promote the academic and personal growth of outstanding students at Perimeter College, helping to prepare them for leadership roles in careers of their choice.
As members of this unique learning community, students will engage in a stimulating Honors curriculum focusing on interdisciplinary investigation and independent research, further enhanced by the emphasis on small classes and seminars. Outside the classroom, Honors students benefit from a wide variety of honors activities and programs. A major goal of the Honors College is to enhance the quality of undergraduate education and create transformational learning experiences.
Students with a demonstrated history of excelling academically are encouraged to participate in the Honors College. Students who do not meet the criteria below may become eligible based on the quality of their work done at Perimeter College. Entering freshmen with a high school GPA of 3.50, an SAT verbal score of 650, or a, SAT math score of 620 are invited to participate in the program. A national ACT composite score of 24, a national ACT English score of 25, or a national ACT mathematics score of 25 also qualifies a student for the Honors College.
Others who are eligible include: National Merit semi-finalists, students who have earned an International Baccalaureate diploma, students eligible for Phi Theta Kappa, transfer students who have earned a minimum of nine credit hours with a GPA of 3.50, and students recommended by Perimeter College faculty and who have been approved by the Honors College Campus Coordinators.
- Students at PC who are not eligible to participate in the Honors College when they first enroll may become eligible by earning a minimum of nine (9) credit hours with a GPA of 3.50.
- Students who transfer to Perimeter College and have met the criteria listed above are also invited to join the Honors College.
Students in the Honors College who receive an academic warning or violate the academic honesty policy will be excluded from the program. Written permission from the Honors College Campus Coordinator will be necessary for such students to re-enter the program.
Although there is no minimum number of courses required to remain enrolled in the Honors College, students who are in good academic standing in the program and who have taken at least one Honors course in the past three academic terms (not counting summers) will be considered active in the program.
Any student at Perimeter College with a 3.00 or higher GPA may take one honors course without being admitted to the college. Authorization for all honors courses must be obtained prior to registration from the Honors College office.
Students in the Honors College are recognized as high achievers in a number of ways. All Honors classes are noted on official transcripts, and members of the Honors College are formally recognized at commencement.
Students who earn 12 or more credit hours in Honors and maintain a 3.3 GPA are recognized with a Certificate of Excellence from the Honors College at Perimeter and are eligible for transition to the Honors College at the Georgia State University Atlanta campus, should they choose to transfer there.
Because we believe in the importance of international educational travel, one class taken abroad (3.0 credit hours) can count toward the certificate of excellence.
We are currently drafting new distinctions that Perimeter Honors students can work toward beyond the 12 hours. Once those have been approved, we will notify all students in the Honors College.
Transitioning to the Honors College at the Atlanta Campus
As mentioned, students in the Honors College at Perimeter College can easily transition to the Honors College at the Atlanta Campus. For specific details about transiting to the Atlanta Campus Honors College, Perimeter students should refer to the Perimeter Honors College website at perimeter.gsu.edu/honors or the entry about the Honors College (Section 1700) in the four-year catalog of Georgia State University at catalog.gsu.edu. The transition form can be found at honors.gsu.edu/transition-form/.