What is the Honors Program?

The Honors Program is a vibrant intellectual community of students and faculty dedicated to academic excellence. The program offers classes, research opportunities, and fun activities that enrich the learning experience in a friendly environment. 

Am I eligible for the Honors Program?

To take an Honors course, a student must complete eight (8) hours or more of college-level coursework and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.2/4.0 or higher. Students who have not completed eight (8) hours of college-level coursework must meet one of the following criteria: high school cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 or a composite SAT score of 1200 or a composite ACT score of 25.   

How do I get involved with the Honors Program?

Take an Honors class. Once you register and meet the cumulative GPA requirements, you should automatically be able to enroll in Honors sections. If you can't enroll, you will need to contact someone to check your eligibility.

  • If you are a new COD student: contact the Office of Admissions and Outreach, Students Services Center, SSC 2207, (630) 942-2626.
  • If you are a current COD student: contact the Counseling and Advising Center, Students Services Center, SSC 3200, (630) 942-2259. 

How do I maintain good standing in the Honors Program?

Honors students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. If your cumulative GPA falls below 3.2 at the end of any term, your Honors eligibility will be temporarily suspended. It can be reactivated once your cumulative GPA again reaches the required minimum of 3.2. 

How do I achieve the Honors Scholar Designation?

All Honors sections look great on a transcript, but for students who fulfill the following requirements, a special Honors Scholar designation will be put on the transcript at graduation. For this, you must:

  • Complete 18 credits of Honors course work, or 15 credits including an Honors Seminar
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Graduate with a COD degree or certificate

College of DuPage recognizes graduating Honors Scholars every spring at the Celebration of Academic Excellence. At this ceremony, we also congratulate students who completed the Presidential, Board of Trustees or Deans Scholarships, as well as the recipients of post-COD honors transfer scholarships. In order to participate in the Celebration, it is important that you petition to graduate by the college's deadline (usually in March) so we can compile our list.
*Note: Honors Humanities 2210 Leadership Development was offered for seminar credit until Spring 2017.

College of DuPage Honors Program Mission Statement

The College of DuPage Honors Program is a learning community committed to excellence by cultivating students' critical thinking and ethical responsibility, empowering them to become intellectually engaged and globally aware citizens.

COD Hosts Annual Celebration of Academic Excellence 2017

College of DuPage Hosts Annual Celebration of Academic Excellence 2017

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Contact Information

Honors Program Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3420, (630) 942-3318

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