Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find some of the questions most frequently asked by prospective and current students of the College of Education & Health Professions Honors Program. If your question is not listed below, please Contact Us where you can detail your concern. 

  • Incoming students must have an ACT/SAT of 28/1310 and a minimum high school grade point average of 3.50 to join the COEHP Honors Program. Superscores are not considered for admission, only a single composite on the national exams.
  • Current University of Arkansas students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 on all UA coursework to be eligible.
  • Transfer students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 on all coursework to be eligible.
  • Applications are not accepted from students within three semesters of graduation.

Incoming students who meet all qualifications will enroll in the COEHP Honors Program before or during New Student Orientation. Transfer students and current University of Arkansas students may apply for admission via the Apply page of the campus-wide Honors College.

There is no minimum or maximum amount of Honors hours a student must take each term. Most students will take no more than two Honors courses in any given semester. Overall, students in COEHP Honors must complete 18 hours of Honors credit, of which at least 10 hours must come from within the student’s major program of study. Academic advisors in the Office of Academic Student Initiatives and Services (OASIS) will be able to list specific course requirements for each major.

Only for students who joined the COEHP Honors Program before Fall 2016.

In Fall 2016, changes were implemented to the COEHP Honors Program that simplified the options available to students, removing the Departmental Honors option and establishing an 18 Honors credit hour requirement for all students entering the COEHP Honors Program beginning that semester.

Additional information can be found under Program of Study.

Yes. To graduate with Honors from COEHP, a student must complete undergraduate research and write or create a thesis/Honors project. You will defend your thesis before a panel of three committee members. 

No. The overall credit hour requirement to complete your degree is not higher for Honors students. You must complete at least 18 hours of Honors credit, but these hours are incorporated into your degree and are not “extra” hours.

It is possible for students in all undergraduate, on-campus programs within COEHP to graduate with Honors. Many students across diverse programs in the College graduate with Honors every year. Some students are concerned by the fact that their majors require a very specific set of courses to graduate. However, required Honors courses generally will substitute for their non-Honors equivalent.

To remain in good standing, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.50 in their University of Arkansas coursework. Those who fall below this standard will be placed on probation for one semester. If a student fails to bring their GPA above 3.50 during the semester of probation, they will be removed from the COEHP Honors Program, and their Honors courses will be removed from their upcoming schedule. Students whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be immediately removed from the COEHP Honors Program.

No. A benefit of maintaining good standing in the COEHP Honors Program is the ability to take Honors courses.

Required thesis forms can be found here.

There are two ways to submit the Proposal and Approval forms for your Honors Thesis/Project. You can choose the submission type that is easiest for you. Be sure the thesis mentor, thesis committee members, and student (if applicable) have signed the forms before submission.

The Thesis Evaluation Tool may optionally be used by the thesis mentor to evaluate the thesis and defense. It DOES NOT need to be submitted to the COEHP Honors Program.

The Author Agreement should be uploaded directly to ScholarWorks after being signed by the student and thesis mentor. Additional information, including step-by-step instructions, can be found here.

You will be asked to move your graduation and defense to the following term. Thus, it is very important for you to follow all stated deadlines and read your emails carefully and frequently. 

You inform the COEHP Honors Program of your intended term of graduation and defense. Then, you move your term of graduation by contacting the Office of the Registrar.

Students must begin thesis research at the least three semesters before their term of graduation.  For instance, Spring 2017 graduates must begin research no later than Spring 2016 and continue the research and thesis work through Spring 2017. 

The Fellowship application is a create-your-own, where the student must provide all the necessary materials to the Honors College, detailed at its page.

Your final Latin graduation level will be determined by your cumulative grade point average (GPA):

  • Summa Cum Laude: GPA ≥ 3.9
  • Magna Cum Laude: GPA 3.7 - 3.89
  • Cum Laude: GPA 3.5 - 3.69

In order to leave the COEHP Honors Program, complete the Exit Survey. Once the survey has been completed, you will be removed from COEHP Honors.