Recognitions and Requirements

Levels of achievement within the Ogden Honors College curriculum


College Honors

Noted on both the diploma and the LSU transcript, College Honors is the culmination of the Honors College curriculum. Students who earn College Honors at graduation will receive special recognition at LSU commencement. To graduate with College Honors a student must meet all requirements as established by the student’s own college including at least 32 hours of Honors classes as follows:

  • A minimum of six hours of Honors coursework
  • 12 hours at 3000+ level, following upper division departmental honors programs, where they exist
  • Senior thesis or project, following thesis guidelines
  • 3.5 GPA in cumulative, LSU, and Honors coursework

Upper Division Honors Distinction

Students achieving this distinction will receive recognition at LSU commencement and on their transcripts. Students working toward upper division honors distinction are expected to indicate their intention, in person, to the Honors College upper division advisor who will furnish them with detailed requirements including the following:

  • 12 hours of honors courses at the 3000-level or above, including three to six hours of thesis or project
  • Senior honors thesis or project following thesis guidelines
  • 3.50 GPA in both cumulative and LSU coursework, and for all honors courses used in the student’s Upper Division program

Sophomore Honors Distinction

Recognition includes a notation on the transcript and a certificate awarded after the end of the fourth semester. This designation will be subject to approval by the dean of the student’s college upon recommendation of the dean of the Honors College. To achieve this distinction, students must complete the following by the end of their fourth regular semester in college:

  • 20 hours of Honors or departmental honors courses, including a minimum of six hours of Honors courses
  • A 3.50 GPA in cumulative, LSU, and Honors coursework

Good Standing

All students must be in good standing to participate in the Honors College, register for honors courses, and be eligible for priority registration. Following the initial semester in the Honors College, an honors student is considered to be in good standing if they:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Successfully completes a minimum of two honors courses (five to six hours) per academic year in residence