Frequently Asked Questions: General


Q. What is the deadline to apply to the Honors College?

A. We accept applications from all students at any time during the year. It takes about 2 business days to process the application and to notify you of acceptance. To apply, fill out the Honors College Application Form.

Q. What are the requirements for acceptance?

A. Students who have completed 0-8 hours of college-level courses must meet one of the following:

  • Top 10% of your high school graduating class*
  • A high school GPA equivalent to a 3.5 on a traditional 4.0 scale*
  • 1150 or higher on the SAT* (combined Mathematics and Critical Reading sections) 
  • 26 or higher combined score on the ACT*

    * Please include a copy of your high school transcript,
    SAT scores and ACT scores as appropriate.

Students who have completed at least 9 hours of college-level courses must meet the following:

  • A college GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Q. What is the deadline to apply to be an Honors College Fellow?

A. For early action, please submit your application and all supplemental materials by February 1st. The final deadline is April 1st.

Q. What are the requirements for acceptance?

A. High School Graduates who have completed 0-8 hours of college-level courses must meet the following:

  • Top 10% of your high school graduating class*
  • A high school GPA equivalent to a 3.5 on a traditional 4.0 scale*
  • 1150 or higher on the SAT* (combined Mathematics and Critical Reading sections) 
  • 26 or higher combined score on the ACT*
  • Completed Honors College Application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing Sample
  • Completed FAFSA
  • Personal Interview

    * Please include a copy of your high school transcript,
    SAT scores and ACT scores as appropriate.

   If you meet the first 4 requirements, please fill out the Honors College Fellows Application and submit all supplemental materials by the dates listed above.

Q. What are the benefits if accepted?

A. The benefits of The Honors College are many – and each student will find something unique that appeals to him/her. For example, many students find that the dynamic nature of the courses and the challenge inherent in them are the biggest benefit. Some students are looking for a “leg up” when transferring to another college/university. All Honors students have access to scholarships, specialized advising, opportunities to participate in local and regional conferences, Honors designation on transcript, Honors graduation distinctions and more. Honors College Fellows have additional benefits such as a full scholarship culminating in an Honors AA or AS degree, book allowances, cash stipends and more. Honors Graduates also will have a competitive application for some of the most prestigious undergraduate transfer scholarships available, including those offered by the Jack Kent Cooke and Terry Foundations.

Frequently Asked Questions: Honors Courses

Q. How do I register for an Honors Course?

A. Honors Students can register for Honors courses online, the same process a student would take to register for regularly scheduled classes. Once access is requested, the Honors Director will approve enrollment. Remember, these classes are limited, register as soon as possible!

Q. What do I do if there are no more Honors Courses available?

A. If a course is eligible, students have the option to take a traditional, non-Honors course and earn Honors credit for it by individually contracting with the instructor. This will add an Honors Project to the existing course work. Called “Honors by Contract,” students and faculty partner to create a curriculum that provides an equivalent experience to that of a student taking an Honors course.

At LSC-CyFair, we believe that an essential part of the Honors experience is to take part in classes with other Honors students. This opens the door for exchanging ideas and creating a community. Honors by Contract often doesn’t offer students the same level of interaction with others and are thus not available for all classes.

Students CAN contract for a class which:

  • Is NOT regularly offered as a Honors course
  • Is being taught by a professor who is approved by the Honors Council to teach Honors courses

To learn about the process for creating and completing an Honors contract, please go to Honors Courses. For questions about a class, please contact the Honors College Director.

Q. How many classes are required each semester?

A. The easy answer is “none.” Students are encouraged to monitor their own schedules and abilities. Some terms, you might take 2 Honors classes; other semesters you might not take any. There is no maximum number of classes per semester BUT you must take at least 1 class or contract within 2 years of joining or you’ll be put on probation.

Q. Why wasn’t my Honors Contract approved?

A. Contracts aren’t approved for many reasons. When consideration is made in deciding whether a class is eligible for a contract:

  1. The class must not be regularly offered as an Honors course. 
  2. The professor must be approved by the Honors Council.
  3. The student must be a member of the Honors College.
  4. The professor in the class must agree to offer the contract. Faculty are always given the option to accept or not, and some elect not to accept the contract. Remember, this isn’t personal. Professors are busy people, and an Honors Contract is a lot of work for them.

If your contract isn’t accepted, we will be happy to work with you to find another section that might be eligible for contracts or to help you plan for the following semester to get a different contract.

 

Frequently Asked Questions: Ineligibility

Q. What is probation?

A. Probation with The Honors College IS NOT the same as Academic Probation with Lone Star Cy-Fair. A student can be placed on probation with the Honors College if his/her GPA falls below at 3.25 or if he/she fails to take at least 1 Honors class/contract with in 2 years of joining.

Q. If I’m dropped from the program can I reapply when I’m eligible to join again?

A. Yes!

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