1700 Honors College

Suite 200, Centennial Hall
100 Auburn Avenue


Larry Berman, Founding Dean
Sarah L. Cook, Associate Dean


The Honors College, established in 2011 evolved from the College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program which began in 1975. A major goal of the College is to enhance the quality of undergraduate education and create transformational learning experiences.

The Honors College provides the advantages of a small, highly selective college with breadth of programs and opportunities of a large research university. The College is open to incoming freshmen, transfer students, and currently enrolled students who meet eligibility requirements. Honors students take small, seminar-based classes and develop mentored relationships with outstanding faculty members. Honors sections of a number of regular courses, many of which meet core curriculum requirements (Areas A – E), are offered throughout the academic year. In addition, students in the Honors College can enroll in upper division courses, special interdisciplinary courses, design a colloquium on a topic of their choice, and research and write an honors thesis. Students in the college may earn honors recognitions that are noted on their diplomas and transcripts, and pursue additional opportunities such as internships and study abroad experiences to enrich the quality of their education. Honors students may also take advantage of dedicated facilities, priority registration, merit scholarships, graduate and professional school advising, national fellowship and scholarship advising, special travel and study abroad opportunities, and specialized housing in the Honors Living Learning Community in the University Commons.


Admission to the Honors College  is competitive and limited to approximately 200 incoming students each year. Entering freshmen should have an outstanding high school grade-point average combined with excellent SAT or ACT scores and a record of extra-curricular activities. High school students who are jointly enrolled will also be considered.

Currently enrolled and transfer students must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 based on a minimum of 12 credit hours completed at the university. Students under 60 credit hours are strongly encouraged to apply. An interview with the dean or associate dean may be required if the student is over 60 credit hours. The application cycle is as follows:

Applications for spring semester will open in mid-December with the release of fall semester grades, and will close on February.  Applications for fall semester will open in mid-May with the release of spring semester grades, and will close on July.

Applications to the Honors College by students from other institutions will also be evaluated during these application periods.

Students who do not meet these academic requirements in full but wish to pursue honors work should contact the Honors College staff.

Academic Advisement

Academic Advisors

April Lawhorn

Jacob English

Jessalyn Banke Murphy

The Honors College provides the following services each semester to active Honors students:

  • Academic advisement and honors course selection
  • Review of AP credit and IB credit and how the credit applies to academic program
  • Review of all honors credit and requirements for Honors recognition at graduation

Honors students are advised on an appointment basis.  To schedule an appointment with an honors academic advisor, call 404-413-5577. Students are urged to arrange for advisement in their departments and in the Honors College regularly and well in advance of registration to take full advantage of honors offerings. Students should also meet with their academic advisor in their college’s Office of Academic Assistance.

National Scholarship/Fellowship Advisement

Jennifer Gerz-Escandón, Coordinator

The Honors College encourages students to pursue national fellowships and scholarships such as the Rhodes, Truman, and Goldwater awards, by working early in their studies with the College’s coordinator.  Students seeking to distinguish themselves work with the coordinator to determine appropriate scholarship opportunities, identify resources and engage in experiences designed to make them nationally competitive and prepare them for a lifetime of achievement. The Honors College offers a variety of programs to help student compete for these national awards.

Internships and Study Abroad

The Honors College offers internships through the Capital Experience in Washington, DC, and the London Experience in London, England. The Capital Experience includes opportunities with government agencies, the White House, political parties, political action groups, members of the Georgia Congressional delegation, museums, the arts, think tanks, historical archives, research and policy organizations, science and environmental groups, medical centers, and the media.  In London, opportunities are available for internships in government, public relations, fashion, risk/reward management, government relations and pubic affairs, film and video, business administration, and private wealth management.  These internship opportunities are open to students from all majors.

One-Semester Registration

Any student in the university with a 3.0 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.

Scholastic Standard

Continuation in the Honors College requires students to maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average. A student whose average falls below 3.3 will be given two academic terms in which to attain a 3.3 average again, at which point the student may continue to take honors courses.

Active-Inactive Status

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 (see above) and who have taken at least one honors course in the past three academic terms (including summer session) will be considered active in the program. Students newly admitted to the college will be counted as active during their first four academic terms. All others will be considered inactive.

Honors Recognitions and Requirements

Students may choose to work toward any or all  of three formal recognitions. These are recorded on transcripts and on diplomas, and acknowledged at graduation. Honors recognitions require 3.3 grade-point averages overall and in honors course work. No courses with grades of D or F may be applied toward the satisfaction of the requirements for honors recognitions. All incoming freshmen honors students are required to enroll in Honors 1000, a one-hour seminar that introduces students to research-based academic work in the disciplines.

  • Honors: Granted to students who complete at least 12 credit hours of course work in lower-division honors classes at Georgia State University (in addition to Honors 1000). The 12 hours of lower-division course work (1000 and 2000 level courses) must be in classes selected from at least three major areas of study with no more than two classes in any one area.  Many of these courses can fulfill core requirements (Areas A – E).
  • Advanced Honors: In addition to fulfilling the requirements for Honors, Advanced Honors are granted to students who complete at least 12 semester hours of honors course work at the upper division level (3000 ad 4000 level courses), plus two upper-level honors interdisciplinary seminars, for a total of 18 hours of upper-level courses. Three semester hours of thesis research work (4870), nine hours of honors dimensions, and nine semester hours of graduate courses may be applied toward this recognition.
  • Research Honors: Granted to students who complete the requirements for Advanced Honors and an honors thesis, including at least six semester hours and not more than nine semester hours of honors research and thesis course work.

Student Organization

The Honors Student Organization (HSO) was founded to foster the intellectual and leadership qualities of students within the Honors community. Our mission is to promote academic excellence, foster a sense of community within the Honors College, and cultivate social responsibility and a sense of service toward the surrounding community. Georgia State University’s Honors Student Organization (HSO) offers community service opportunities, leadership positions, and social events. Students in HSO will connect with other scholars who also strive for academic and personal excellence.


Greg Chisholm, Coordinator

Incoming Honors-eligible freshmen are automatically awarded Second Century ($3,000/year for 4 years), 1913 Founders ($2,000/year for 4 years), or Excellence ($1,000/year for 4 years) scholarships based on HS GPA and SAT/ACT scores (http://www.gsu.edu/honors/centennial-merit.html).  Additionally, incoming freshmen may apply for major scholarships including the premier Presidential scholarship, the Goizueta Foundation Scholars Award, the Berner scholarship, the Atlanta Hawks Scholarship, and the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship.  Honors students who are rising juniors are eligible for the Dugald Hudson Memorial Scholarship and the Kirkland-Sattelmeyer awards.  Additional details and online applications are available at http://sfs.gsu.edu/scholarships-grants/.