Frequently Asked Questions
I would like to apply for the University Honors Program.
- We normally accept applications from the incoming freshman class in Spring.
- The deadline for application and more information can me found here.
- Please note, the application process to the Honors Program is separate from the application to LMU.
When will the University Honors Program announce admissions decisions?
- Decision letters will normally be sent out at the beginning of April.
Do I have to wait for my official LMU acceptance in order to apply to Honors?
- No, you do not have to wait for the official response. The Honors Program coordinates lists of accepted students and honors applications ahead of Honors Program acceptance decisions.
Does acceptabce to LMU with Honors at Entrance mean acceptance to the program?
- We commend you on your admittance to LMU and your achieved designation of Honors at Entrance. However, this designation of Honors at Entrance during the standard admissions process does not equate to automatic acceptance to the University Honors Program. You will need to apply for consideration.
If I am a current LMU student at LMU, can I enter the University Honors Program?
- Only students who are current Freshmen or currently in the first semester of Sophomore year are eligible to apply. There are two Current Student Application Periods, one in Fall and one in Spring. The application deadline dates are October 15 and March 15, respectively. The application and more information about applying as a current student can be found here - Current LMU Students.
Can I apply to LMU's program if I was previously in another school's program?
- If you are a current Freshman transferring to LMU for the Spring semester or an incoming Sophomore, you may apply to the University Honors Program upon consultation with the Director. More info can be found here - Transfer Students.
What are the advantages and benefits of the University Honors Program?
- The University Honors Program is one of the most diverse programs at LMU, offering a variety of interdisciplinary courses designed to make you think and work in ways you never have before. Professors are handpicked, classes are smaller, and students are encouraged to stive to their full intellectual and creative potentials. While any student at LMU gets a first rate education, students in the Honors Program receive a unique experience and perspective as part of a community of scholars striving to solve the problems of the 21st century. Other Honors benefits are unique co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, priority registration, and opportunity to live in Honors Housing, access to honors advising, and special opportunities like research fellowships and awards.
Do honors students receive more financial aid?
- Admittance into the University Honors Program does not guarantee a scholarship and applying for Honors does not qualify you for more financial aid in terms of University tuition and fees. It does open up possibilities for future scholarships and funding for undergraduate research. Honors students are encouraged to apply for scholarships and grants during their time at LMU in order to allow them to pursue their intellectual interests. For example, the Honors Program offers Summer Research Fellowships and Ambassadorial Awards, which students can apply for while enrolled in the program. Additional information on these types of funding opportunities can be found at Research + Scholarships. The National and International Scholarship Office and Office of Undergraduate Research are also good resources for all LMU students to inquire about additional types of opportunities during their time at LMU.
What is the Honors Compact?
- The Honors Compact is the agreement made between the University Honors Program and any incoming Honors student. It officially marks one’s entrance into the program. The Honors Compact states that you understand the requirements of the program and that you will strive to become your fullest academic selves in alignment with LMU’s Mission.
What are the requirements of the program that are outlined within Honors Compact
- The requirements to remain in the program are:
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher while enrolled in the program
- Attendance at the majority of University Honors Program events each semester
Will participation in the Honors Program hurt my GPA?
- The Honors Program should help your GPA. Courses are challenging, but they are doable. Most honors students achieve the minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA easily.
Do Honors classes have to be taken in addition to University Core requirements?
- No. The Honors Program has its own Core course requirements. These courses relate exclusively to Honors students.
Are Honors classes more difficult than University Core classes?
- Honors classes are not more difficult than University Core classes. They are just very different. In fact, Honors professors usually refrain from assigning busy work. Most of the work is heavy reading, writing response papers, taking midterm and final exams, contributing to an online forum, or working on one major project for the semester. The work in each course depends on the professor and the subject. Honors classes are designed to have you think critically in different ways. For example, although you may be an English major, you learn how to think like a scientist, an economist, a historian, etc.
What should I expect from a typical Honors course? What makes it so different?
- Honors courses are typically smaller than the average University course. This gives students the opportunity to have a more personal academic experience. Honors classes are usually more discussion-based, and although they are interdisciplinary, professors give you opportunities to submit projects and papers on topics you are interested in. Also professors in Honors get the chance to teach their specialties, subjects they may not have had a chance to teach before. No two Honors courses are alike. Each one is unique.
Do students routinely complete the Honors Core and a standard major in 4 years?
- All Honors students must complete a standard major and almost all Honors students graduate in 4 years. It is very rare when they do not complete their Honors requirements along with the major(s) requirements in that time. The University Honors Program staff and faculty frequently work with students in order to make sure that they will fulfill all requirements within the designated time. In the end, it depends on how well you manage your time and the amount of classes you choose each semester.
How does my major's Honors Society differ from the University Honors Program?
- Although many departments like Business, Biology, English, Engineering, etc. have Honors societies, they are not related to the University Honors Program. They are completely separate entities. It is possible to be a part of both if you so choose.
What does Honors offer outside of the classroom?
- The Honors Program is an active embodiment of LMU’s mission. Our approach is aimed to develop the whole person into their best selves with a genuine concern for others and global issues. The Honors Program assists students in internship placements, research positions, jobs, grants, scholarships, travel and publication opportunities, assistance with graduate school applications, priority registration, and Honors Housing. It is a guaranteed community as soon as you enter LMU and provides the chance to meet great people outside of discipline – all in all, a truly unique LMU experience very few students at the University receive.
Do Honors students live in separate residence halls?
- Honors students do not live in a separate residence hall, but there are designated Honors floors in certain residential buildings for students according to their year. For example, Freshmen Honors students are housed together in a Living Learning Community in Doheny, a freshman residence hall. Sophomore Honors students have the second floor of Rains, a suite style residence hall. Juniors and Seniors who may live together have apartments in Leavey 6. Following University policy, freshmen and sophomores are guaranteed on campus housing, while juniors and seniors must enter the housing lottery for campus housing selection. Placement in Honors Housing option is not guaranteed after Freshman year.
Can I be in Honors and not select Honors Housing?
- Yes. Every year students may opt in or out of Honors Housing, but you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity, especially for your Freshman year. Because you will most likely take the same core classes as other Honors students your first year, it is helpful to have supportive community there, working on the same projects, papers, etc. Living in Honors Housing maintains that community.
Do Honors students study abroad?
- Many students in the Honors Program are able to study abroad. The University Honors Program encourages its students to travel and be true global citizens. In the past, students have studied in the United Kingdom, Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Spain, China, and many other countries. All you have to do is go to the LMU Study Abroad Office for more information and apply for the program you are interested in.
Do Honors students have time for other activities?
- There is ample time to be involved. In fact, Honors students are found to be some of the most involved students on campus and off, whether it’s through a service organization, sorority or fraternity, Campus Ministry, sports teams, ASLMU, The Loyolan, KXLU, clubs and many more. It all depends on how you manage your time and what programs and organizations you want to be involved with.