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Students who Entered Honors in 2014-2016

Students must complete the following requirements in order to receive the Honors notation on their transcript:

  • Minimum 3.67 cumulative GPA;
  • Overall B average in AU Honors courses;
  • Complete all seven (7) AU Honors courses.

Students who Entered Honors in 2017 and Later

Students must complete the following requirements in order to receive the Honors notation on their transcript:

  • Minimum 3.67 cumulative GPA;
  • Grade of C or better in each of the seven (7) Honors courses;
  • An average of 3.0 (B letter grade) or better across all seven (7) Honors courses;
  • Complete all seven (7) AU Honors courses.

AU Honors requires Honors students to maintain Good Standing. These regulations are intended to keep Honors students on track toward the Honors graduation requirements. There is a built-in probationary period to allow for students to recover from a challenging semester.

Grades are reviewed at the end of each semester. Students will be notified by Honors if there is a change to their status. It is important for students to monitor their own progress and contact Honors with any questions or concerns.

Note: Good Standing regulations apply to students who enter AU Honors in Fall 2017 and onward. Students who entered Honors in 2014-2016 are exempt from the Good Standing, Probation, and Dismissal regulations.

Good Standing

To be in Good Standing in AU Honors, students must maintain:

  1. At least a 3.50 cumulative GPA;
  2. A grade of C or better in each of the seven (7) Honors courses;
  3. An average of a 3.0 (B letter grade) or better across all seven (7) Honors courses.

Probation

If students fail to meet the criteria above, they are put on Probation.

  1. Probation is a one-semester grace period to bring requirements back to Good Standing (examples: raising GPA to 3.5+ or earning a 3.0+ average in Honors requirements);
  2. No benefits are lost during Probation;
  3. Students can go on Probation once during their time in AU Honors.

Dismissal

If after Probation students fail to return to Good Standing, they are Dismissed from AU Honors.

  1. Students are dismissed from Honors, not from American University.
  2. Upon Dismissal, the following benefits are forfeited: priority registration, Honors housing, enrollment in Honors courses, and the opportunity to graduate from AU Honors.
  3. Students' AU Honors ($10,000) scholarships are revoked. This does not impact students' Presidential Scholarships ($20,000). Presidential Scholarships are contingent on a 3.2 cumulative GPA and taking 30 credits over the fall and spring semesters (also known as maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress).