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SBU Honors Program
  • Message from the Director
  • Program Requirements
  • FAQs
  • Mission Statement

    The mission of the Honors Program is to prepare servant leaders who are recognized for their accomplishments and excellence in academics, intercultural experiences, and spiritual development.
  • Questions? Contact

    Jodi Meadows
    Honors Program, Interim Director
    (417) 328-1460

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 first complete an application for admission to SBU. Eligible students will then receive a Scholars Day application and will attend Scholars Day in February during which they will complete an on-campus interview and essay.

Q:  How do I apply for the Honors Program?
A:  Eligible admitted students will receive an invitation to apply for Scholars Day. The Scholars Day applications are available by the end of November. For questions about the Scholars Day application, please contact the Office of Admissions at (417) 328-1810.

Q:  When is the deadline to apply?
A:  The deadline to apply for the Honors Program is January 15.

Q:  Are there scholarships connected to the Honors Program?
A:  All students admitted to SBU automatically receive an academic scholarship based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Eligible students will then be invited to attend the Scholars Day competition to be considered for the Honors Program and the J.R. Maupin Founders Award. The J.R. Maupin Founders Award is a full-tuition scholarship and will be offered to a minimum of three students who compete in Scholars Day. Recipients of these awards must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Other students participating in the Scholars Day competition who do not receive a J.R. Maupin Founders Award will receive a Dutile Scholars Award ranging from $500-$2,500 annually. The Dutile Scholars Award are in addition to other scholarships; students receiving the J.R. Maupin Founders Award are not eligible for any other SBU scholarships.

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 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 their transcripts 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 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 three of the following:  Honors Composition, Honors L.I.F.E. Economics, Honors Fundamentals of Speech, Honors New Testament, Honors American Government and Honors U.S. History. 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:  Each year, social, cultural, and professional events are planned for students in the Dutile Honors Program. Each event is voluntary and is provided at no cost to the students. Students may choose to enrich their college experience by attending any or all of these events. Past events include dessert parties, trips to Kansas City, visits to historical locations and art galleries, and attending productions at Juanita K. Hammons Hall in Springfield (i.e. STOMP, Ring of Fire, ballets, etc).

Q:  Is there housing specifically for Honors students?
A:  Honors students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of Honors housing but it is not a requirement.  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. Past colloquium topics include "Rhetoric of Survival" and "Food and Culture."

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 Interim Director, Jodi Meadows, would love to talk with you about being an Honors Scholar.  You may contact her by email at or call her directly at 417-328-1460.  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.