Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is eligible for the Dutile Honors Program?
A: Eligibility criteria for first-time freshmen include an ACT score of 28 or higher or an SAT score of 1240 or higher (combined verbal and quantitative scores) and a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applicants must complete an application for admission to SBU, an application for admission to the Honors Program, an essay, and an interview.
Q: How do I apply for the Honors Program?
A: The Honors Program application is available on the SBU Honors Program website by October 15. Applications will be considered as soon as they are received by the Director. In addition, Honors Program applicants must apply for admission to SBU.
Q: When is the deadline to apply?
A: The deadline to apply for the Honors Program is December 31.
Q: Are there scholarships connected to the Honors Program?
A: By applying for the Honors Program, students are automatically considered for two academic scholarships: the Dutile Scholars Award and the J.R. Maupin Founders Award. The Dutile Scholars award is a full-cost scholarship (tuition, room, board, and required fees) and will be offered to one student who is accepted to the Honors Program. The J.R. Maupin Founders Award is a full-tuition scholarship and will be offered to a minimum of five students who are accepted to the Honors Program. Recipients of these awards must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA and participate in the Honors Program in order to maintain the scholarships. All Honors Program applicants will be considered for these awards.
Q: Are Honors courses more difficult?
A: Honors courses are not designed to be more difficult; however, they are designed with an Honors Scholar in mind. The format of the class and the teaching style of the professor stimulates discussion and challenges students to apply higher lever thinking skills.
Q: What are the benefits of the Honors Program?
A: Honors Program students have the opportunity to take nine honors-specific courses, participate in special cultural opportunities, take advantage of early enrollment for classes, enjoy centralized academic advising with the Honors Program Director and faculty members in their major, and receive recognition on the transcript and at graduation.
Q: What do I have to do to stay in the Honors Program?
A: Honors Students must complete the four components of the program and maintain an 3.25 cumulative GPA. The components are: academic, spiritual, servant leadership, and an intercultural experience. See Program Requirements for more information.
Q: Do Honors students have to take a lot of extra courses?
A: The Honors versions of University Seminar, Critical Thinking, and Introduction to Fine Arts are required for all Honors students and fulfill General Education requirements. Honors students must complete at least two of the following: Honors Composition, Honors LIFE Economics, Honors Fundamentals of Speech, and Honors US History I. Each of these courses also fulfill General Education requirements. The Honors Colloquia (2 semesters of a 1-hour course) and the Honors Capstone Experience (1-3 hours) are requirements for the Honors Program and are not requirements for General Education or a major. These courses (a total of 3-5 hours) are the only "extra" course requirements in the Program. See Program Requirements for more information.
Q: Do the students in the Honors Program do anything special together?
A: Several events are planned each semester for Honors students. From a Dessert Party to attending STOMP at Juanita K. Hammons Hall in Springfield, the Honors Program students have many opportunities for fun and culture. See Honor Events for more information.
Q: Is there housing specifically for Honors students?
A: Honors students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of Honors housing. Female Honors students are housed in Leslie Hall and male Honors students live in Landen Hall.
Q: What is the Honors Colloquium?
A: A "colloquium" is an exchange of ideas and thought. The Honors Colloquium will include guest-lecturers, instructor-led discussion, student-led panel discussion, student presentations, and other formats for the exchange of ideas on a particular theme. Students will be able to apply higher level critical thinking skills to discern truth from the variety of world views presented during the course and synthesize information into a coherent framework. The Colloquium is a 1-hour course. Students will complete two Colloquia.
Q: What is the Honors Capstone Experience?
A: The Honors Capstone Experience is a senior-level course that allows the Honors Scholar to complete research or a project in the student's area of study. The Capstone Experience is 1-3 hours of credit depending on the depth of the research. A faculty member in the student's major area will supervise the student's work. The course allows the student to synthesize and evaluate information acquired during independent research in order to create an original work.
Q: May I talk to someone about the Honors Program?
A: The Honors Program Director, Dr. Allison Langford, would love to talk with you about being an Honors Scholar. You may contact her by email at email@example.com or call her directly at 417-328-2093. If you would like to schedule a campus visit or talk to an Admissions Representative, contact the Office of Admissions at 417-328-1810. We can arrange an Honors class or a class in your major for you to visit while on campus. We can also arrange a meeting with the Honors Director or a faculty member in your major area.