Keep Calm and Join Honors

Keep Calm and Join Honors!

Do you have a minimum 3.2 GPA (3.5 GPA if entering from high school)? Then you should join the Honors community--it's super easy! Work with COD's best professors and engage in lively discussions. Fulfill general education requirements for any degree and perhaps get a scholarship when you transfer! For more information, contact an academic counselor or email honorsprogram@cod.edu.

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 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 or a composite ACT score of 25.

How do I join the Honors Program?

A College of DuPage counselor or advisor will admit you to the Honors Program after reviewing your academic record and confirming your eligibility.

  • If you are a new COD student: contact the Office of Admissions and Outreach, Students Services Center, SSC 2207, (630) 942-2380.
  • 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, upon request, once your cumulative GPA again reaches the required minimum of 3.2. 

What courses are offered in the Honors Program?

The majority of Honors courses are core curriculum courses that fulfill the general education requirements of any major. Some Honors courses are electives that provide the credit hours needed to complete an associate's degree or certificate program. Honors courses are offered as individual courses or as component parts of an Honors Seminar. In addition, Honors Independent Study is available to students who wish to explore in depth an academic topic of personal interest under the guidance of a professor in that field.

Click here to view current Honors course offerings.   

What is an Honors Seminar?

The Honors Program offers two types of seminars that emphasize small-group interaction:

  • Learning Community Seminar: A team-taught (two
    instructors) course that links two existing College of
    DuPage courses through shared course themes/topics
    and assignments/activities. Students must enroll in the
    two courses concurrently and will receive credits offered
    by both.
  • Advanced Selected Topics Seminar: A course not regularly offered in the College of DuPage curriculum but available to students and faculty who wish to explore a specific idea, theme, or topic on a deeper level than our curriculum would normally allow.


Are Honors courses more difficult than "regular" courses?

Both Honors and "regular" courses at COD are designed for students in their first two years of college. Honors courses, however, are enhanced in terms of teaching approach and depth of course content. Classes in the Honors Program encourage interactive, cooperative learning and provide a challenging experience. 

How do I register for Honors courses?

Upon admission to the Honors Program, you may register for Honors courses online or in person at the Student Registration Services Office, Student Services Center, SSC 2221.

Click here for registration instruction.   

What is the tuition for Honors courses?

The same tuition applies to all courses, whether they are Honors or "regular" courses. Tuition is not waived for Honors courses, but there are many scholarship opportunities for Honors students.

Click here for information on scholarships. 

Will my transcript/diploma acknowledge my Honors courses?

Yes. All Honors courses successfully completed will be
noted on a student's College of DuPage transcript. In
order to receive the Honors Scholar designation on your
transcript, you must:

  • Complete 15 credits of Honors courses including an

Honors Seminar and/or Humanities 2210, Leadership

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Petition to graduate with a COD degree or certificate

College of DuPage recognizes graduating Honors Scholars every spring at the Celebration of Academic Excellence

As an Honors student, would I be eligible for induction into Phi Theta Kappa?

Membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society requires the completion of at least 12 credits at COD and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. You may elect to join the College of DuPage chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

For information about Phi Theta Kappa membership, please visit the Phi Theta Kappa office, SSC 2212, (630) 942-3053 or the Office of Student Life, SSC 1217, (630) 942-2243. 

What are some notable benefits of the Honors Program?

The Honors notation on your transcript tells the baccalaureate colleges/universities to which you apply that you are willing and prepared to accept rigorous academic challenges, especially if you are considering transferring to selective schools. Honors students may also enjoy a significant advantage when competing for transfer scholarships, undergraduate research grants, internships, and employment opportunities. 

How do I obtain more information about the Honors Program?

All interested students are encouraged to visit the Honors Program Office in the Berg Instructional Center, BIC 3533, (630) 942-3318, or email us at honorsprogram@cod.edu. The Office of Academic Affairs, BIC 3400, (630) 942-3249 is another resource available to you.


Contact Information

Honors Program Office
Berg Instructional Center
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3533, (630) 942-3318

Administration/General Information
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3400, (630) 942-3249

Students new to COD
Office of Admissions and Outreach
Glen Ellyn Campus
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2207, (630) 942-2380

Returning or Current COD Students
Counseling and Advising Center
Glen Ellyn Campus
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200, (630) 942-2259


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