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Questions and Answers

HONORS PROGRAM <honors@coastal.edu>

 

What are the minimum requirements to be in the Honors Program? You must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or above, with an SAT of 1200 and/or ACT of 26 (International, Continuing and Transfer students please see the "Admission" section of the Honors website for more information.)

How do I apply for the program? Admission is by invitation of the Honors Program Director in consultation with the Office of Admissions. An Honors application is only required for continuing and transfer students.

What if I have the requirements and don't receive an invitation? Please contact our office at 843-349-2267 or <honors@coastal.edu>. If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 after 30 credits, you can complete the application online at <http://www.coastal.edu/honors/forms.html>. Choose the Continuing and Transfer Student application.

What should I do about AP, IB and college transfer credits? You need to have an official transcript from the granting institution sent to the Office of Admissions asap. Credits do not count simply because they appear on your high school transcript. Class schedules are built prior to your arrival in the fall and those credits are needed as soon as possible. If credits come in late, schedules are adjusted in August and students are notified by their new CCU email address.

What about placement tests? Take your CCU on-line placement tests for mathematics and foreign language before coming to the New Student Orientation and take them seriously. Consider taking the CLEP exam if your foreign language results place you into the 210 level of Spanish, French or German.

As an incoming first-year student, do I get to choose my own schedule? Your schedule is pre-set prior to your arrival based on your AP, IB and transfer credits as well as the major you plan to pursue. Schedules can be readily changed early, but the later you wait, the flexibility of times and classes narrow.

How do I take Honors classes? We offer a number of pre-set Honors classes every semester. These may be found on Webadviser under section location H1-H9. Juniors and Seniors can change a regularly scheduled class into an Honors class using the “Honors by Special Arrangement” form, available on our website.

Do Honors students have to take the required University 110 class? No, Honors students will take Honors 101. This course is designed to engage you in topics of current interest while ensuring that critical and research skills are ready for upper-level coursework. Transfer and continuing students are exempt.

How do I get the information on the laptop computer new Honors students receive? An email is sent to all incoming Honors students during the summer with details on the computer, software and printer specifics.

Will I have an Honors advisor during my first year? Yes, through the First Year Advising Center. You will meet with your First Year Advisor during the required Orientations in the summer.  The Advisor will work with you to define your schedule and guide you through your first year.

What about Housing? Honors students are required to live in Honors Program housing during their first year. Roommate requests must also be Honors Program students. If you live within a 50-mile radius of CCU or with family, then you are exempt.

What are the requirements to remain in the Honors Program? Cumulative GPA requirements are 3.25 up to 30 credits, then 3.33 up to 60 credits and 3.50 until graduation. Students must take at least one honors course, per semester.