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Sophomore Honors Award

The Sophomore Honors Award was created to encourage students to take full advantage of the opportunities in the program and to recognize outstanding achievement during the freshman and sophomore years. To be eligible for the award, follow the designations below. Please pay close attention to your Freshman term years, as the Sophomore Honors Award was recently adapted to create options for a wider variety of students.

+Freshman On or Following Fall 2014 - Summer 2017.

If you were a Freshman from Fall 2014 - Summer 2017, you will qualify for the Sophomore Honors Award by:

1. Obtaining a minimum grade point average of 3.700, with no grade below a "C" in any course.
2. Completing Honors Core courses in NS, SS, and HU, as well as five additional Honors courses during the first four full terms (fall/winter) at the U-M, including the FYWR (First Year Writing Requirement).
3. Averaging 14 credits per term during the first four full terms they are at the University of Michigan.
4. Applying for the Award after the conclusion of the sophomore year.

You will find the instructions here and the application here. You may complete it and attach it to an email, or you may print it and bring it to the Honors Office. 

+Freshman Beginning Fall 2017 and Beyond.

Progress towards the Sophomore Honors Award is tallied in your Grade Craft account. By the end of the second year of residency, students are required to have: 

1.    Completed an Honors Core class designated to fulfill FYWR
2.    Completed an additional Honors Core class for a total of two Honors Core courses
3.    Taken an average of 14 credit hours, each full (Fall/Winter) semester
4.    Achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.400.

Students who have not met criteria 1-4 above will not be considered in good standing and will be exited to LSA at the end of sophomore year. You may return to Honors through an Honors major at a later date.

The Sophomore Honors Award recognizes students who have:

1.    Earned at least 30 Engagement Points
2.    Averaged 14 credit hours each full (Fall/Winter) term
3.    Completed an Honors Core class which meets the first-year writing requirement (FYWR)
4.    Completed of a total of three Honors Core courses (inclusive of # 3 above) in at least two different distribution areas (HU, NS, or SS)
5.    Achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.400

Level up! The Sophomore Honors Award with distinction recognizes students who have:

1.    Earned at least 30 Engagement Points
2.    Averaged 14 credit hours each full (Fall/Winter) term
3.    Completed an Honors Core class which meets the first-year writing requirement (FYWR)
4.    Completed of a total of three Honors Core courses (inclusive of # 3 above) in each of the three different distribution areas (HU, NS, and SS)
5.    Achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.700

Eligibility is reviewed after each term. You will be notified by the Honors Office when your award is recognized. Please allow four weeks for this process, before contacting the office: sophomore.honors.award@umich.edu.

+Honors Program Requirements to Graduate from Honors.

Honors students dedicate years three and four toward meeting Honors major requirements, including a thesis or thesis-level project or by constructing an Honors Individualized Major Program that includes a thesis. All students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 to graduate with Honors although there may be higher GPA standards in certain majors.