Honors Students

New students who apply to the University of Arizona are automatically considered for admission to the Honors College. Students who are accepted into the Honors College must also select a major in one of the other academic units on campus (for example, a major in the College of Science). On average, 30% of the incoming College of Science Freshmen class is admitted to the honors college.

Graduation with Honors requires:

  • 30 units of honors credit, including 6 units of senior honors thesis
  • overall 3.5 GPA
  • senior honors thesis

Many students in the College of Science are successful in graduating with Honors (41%). The College of Science offers numerous honors courses, and most students in Science do independent research that serves as the basis for the senior honors thesis.

For more information about the Honors College and to how to participate, please see the Honors College website

Honors Convocation - College of Science

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

**By Invitation Only**

College of Science students that have earned academic awards are invited to attend and receive honors cords for the following academic achievements:

Dean’s List – white cord
(based on 15 regularly graded units/semester and a grade-point average of 3.500-3.999)

Dean’s List with Distinction – red cord
(based on 15 regularly graded units/semester and a 4.000 grade-point-average)

Academic Distinction – royal blue cord
(based on 30 regularly graded units/academic yr and a grade-point-average of 3.500-3.999)

Highest Academic Distinction – red, white and navy cord
(based on 30 regularly graded units/academic yr and a 4.000 grade-point-average)

*Honors cords are awarded to students that have declared the College of Science as their primary college.

**Academic awards are calculated and bestowed upon students meeting the requirements established by the University of Arizona Registrar’s Office. 

For a complete explanation of academic awards, please visit:  



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