Eligibility & Requirements

Program Goals:

  • Recognize, reward, and provide enhanced educational opportunities for our best students
  • Encourage honors students to pursue undergraduate research and creative endeavors
  • Provide intellectual enrichment for the campus community

Eligibility criteria for first-year students:

  • 95% high-school average OR
  • High-school class valedictorian or salutatorian OR
  • National Merit finalist or semi-finalist

Eligibility criteria for transfer or current students:

  • 3.50 cumulative G.P.A. at time of application

Requirements for General Honors (taken primarily during the freshman and sophomore years, but not limited to first- and second-year students):

  • Complete nine credit hours within the General Honors curriculum (usually three courses)
  • Complete the one-credit-hour General Honors Colloquium (INTD 150); students unable to take the colloquium in their initial semester at SUNY Potsdam must, instead, complete an approved Honors Independent-Study Service-Learning Course (INTD 195)
  • Course grades below 2.7 may not be counted toward General Honors credit
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.25 G.P.A. in courses counting toward General Honors
  • Honors students who fall below a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A. for two consecutive semesters will be dropped from the program.
  • Achieve a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 minimum overall at the time of graduation.

Requirements for Advanced Honors (junior and senior years):

  • Complete the one-credit-hour Advanced Honors colloquium “Scholar as Citizen” (INTD 450)
  • Complete an approved Advanced Honors project or thesis
  • Minimum G.P.A. same as General Honors

Students may complete the Advanced Honors project or thesis by one of the following means:

  • Presidential Scholars project 
  • Departmental honors course of study (either within or outside of their own major)
  • Approved honors service-learning project
  • Approved honors internship
  • Approved honors independent-study project