- Monday, February 6
Last day to submit Intent to Graduate from the Honors Program for December graduating students (This is separate from applying for graduation through the Registrar’s office; graduating students must do both)
- Friday, February 17
Last day to submit Honors Contracts for First Semester
- Friday, March 10
Last day to submit Thesis Completion Form for December Graduation
- Friday, April 7
Statement of Academic Interest due for students completing the fourth semester of study in the Honors Program
- Friday, April 7
Thesis/Creative Project Prospectus due for students completing the sixth semester of study in the Honors Program
- Monday, April 24
Completed thesis due for December Graduation
To remain in good standing in the University Honors Program, students must meet the following requirements:
- Maintain enrollment at UNL as a full-time student (take and pass at least 12 credit hours, 9 of which are graded, each fall and spring semester)
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Complete a minimum of 24 Honors credit hours, with a grade of B (not B-) or better, and additional annual requirements, including Undergraduate Thesis/Creative Project, in the following distribution:
|Year in College||Honors Hours Required by Year||Total Minimum Honors Hours & Required Seminars by the End of Year||Additional Annual Requirements|
|First Year||6 Honors hours required + 3 Honors hours optional||6 Honors hours, including one 189H course||Successful completion of UHON 98H Peer Mentor Program.|
|Second Year||6 Honors hours required + 3 Honors hours optional||15 Honors hours||Statement of Academic Interest online form due no later than 4th semester.
Statement of Academic Interest
|Third Year||3 Honors hours required + 3 Honors hours optional||18 Honors hours, may include 395H course||Thesis/Creative Project Prospectus online form due no later than 6th semester.*
|Fourth Year||3 Honors hours required + 3 Honors hours optional||24 Honors hours, including one 395H course. May include 399H/499H.||Research-based Thesis/Creative Project due semester of graduation.|
|* The Thesis/Creative Project Prospectus form is due during the 6th semester, even if a student will graduate in more than 4 years.|
|Note: Hours earned in the summer always count FORWARD and are included in the next year’s totals.|
Careful and considered advising is central to the Honors Program at Nebraska. Every student is assigned an academic advisor in their college or major upon matriculation. Honors students also have access to the Honors Advising office and all Honors administrators for help with Honors requirements. Honors advising also helps with comprehensive academic planning which is planning not only for classes and degree requirements, but also for co-curricular experiences that will enhance an undergraduate experience, such as research or education abroad.
The Fellowships office is located within the main Honors Office in 118 Neihardt. Fellowship advising is available to high-ability students who will be competitive for many nationally prestigious awards. Dr. Laura Damuth, Director of National and International Fellowships (and Associate Director of the Honors Program) coaches students on applications for awards such as:
- Fulbright scholarships to conduct research abroad or teach English abroad after graduation
- Marshall scholarships to study at any university in the UK after graduation
- Truman scholarships for graduate or professional school for students involved in public service
- Goldwater scholarships for students in the STEM fields who have research experience and a desire to pursue a Ph.D.
If you are interested in pursuing any of these opportunities, please set up a time to meet with her. In some cases, she works with students for several years to help them become ready for these scholarship competitions. To make an appointment, please call (402) 472-5024 or email email@example.com.
Earning Honors Credit
Every Honors student is required to complete 24 hours of Honors credit by time of graduation. There are four primary ways to earn Honors Credit: Honors Freshman and Junior/Senior Seminars, Honors-designated Courses, Honors Contracted Courses, and Study Abroad.
Honors Thesis/Senior Project
The Honors Thesis/Senior Project is the culmination of a student’s work as an undergraduate Honors student. This is an extended project that utilizes the skills and knowledge students gain during their undergraduate education to demonstrate their ability to be active, engaged, scholarly citizens. This project may take a variety of forms, depending on one’s major/college, future goals, and interests.
Honors Student Organizations
Honors Program students participate actively in a variety of organizations that allow them to develop interpersonal and leadership skills. We strongly encourage our students to seek out such opportunities, whether in student government, the university marching band, organized sports, or service on their college advisory boards. Opportunities abound; for more information, please visit the Student Involvement website.
Within the Honors Program, there are also opportunities for involvement and development of leadership and mentoring skills.
Honors students have many living options on campus, including two residential communities in Neihardt and Knoll Halls. As with all residence halls on campus, both residential Honors communities offer full amenities of wireless internet access, in-room climate control, easy access to laundry, and multiple study and social spaces, all within a secure building.
Neihardt Hall (comprised of four wings: Heppner, Love, Piper, and Raymond) is the oldest and most historic residence hall on campus. With its elegant Georgian architecture, Neihardt offers freshmen and upperclass students traditional-style housing at the heart of campus with quick access to the CPN Dining Center, a computer lab with free printing for Honors Students (BYOP: Bring Your Own Paper), numerous quiet study rooms, and several comfortable lounges used for socializing and group study. Additionally, Neihardt hosts some classrooms for Honors courses and the Honors Program main office (118 Neihardt), the UNL Fellowships office (118 Neihardt), Honors Advising and Student Services (2100 Neihardt, in the Heppner wing), the Honors Thesis Library (118H Neihardt), and offices of core faculty and staff.
Knoll Residential Center hosts an upperclass Honors community in suite-style housing, offering both double-bedroom and single-bedroom suites. The Knoll Honors community has access to a small computer lab with free printing (BYOP: Bring Your Own Paper), as well as many quiet study rooms and lounge spaces for socializing. Honors Faculty hold regular office hours in Knoll each week. Both Knoll and Neihardt join together for social and educational programming.