Earning Honors Credits

  1. Honors courses must be taken for a letter grade. Honors credit will not be granted for credit-only courses
  2. Earn a grade of 'B' or better
  3. General honor students who participate in the UM Study Abroad may designate one course per semester abroad as Honors. Honors credit will not be granted for non-UM Study Abroad Programs.
  4. Courses at the 500 level will count for Honor’s credit for active general honor students provided a grade of "B" or better is earned in the course

Remaining Active

To remain an active general honors student and to be graduated with 'General Honors' from the University you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Take at least 6 Honors credits per academic year (generally one 3 credit Honors course per semester) for a total of 24 credits. For students who join the General Honors Program as transfer students, please note that it will be necessary to enroll in more than one Honors course per semester in order to fulfill the 24 credit requirement.
  2. Maintain a minimum UM cumulative GPA of 3.500
  3. Have 24 credits in Honors courses, distributed as follows by your final semester
    1. 12 credits or more at the 200 level or higher;
    2. 12 credits or more outside your major (If you have a double major, up to 9 credits can be counted in each major, but at least 6 credits must be outside of both majors);
    3. Earn a grade of 'B' or better
  4. Please see the requirement brochure that is emailed to active general honors students every fall semester

Please note:

  • Courses in your major refer only to courses listed with the designation of your major code. For example, if you are a finance major, only courses listed as FINL would be considered in your major. For a Music student whose major is Music Engineering, only courses listed as MUEE are considered in your major. Keep in mind that it is not necessary to have any Honors credits in your major.
  • Students who maintain the required UM cumulative GPA and take at least 6 Honors credits per academic year will remain active and be coded to register as general honors students
  • A review of general honors student's files are completed each summer. Students who have not fulfilled the requirements to remain active will be sent an email in late July to inform them of their inactive status in the General Honors Program.

Pink Sheeting

Some regular courses can be approved for Honors credit. Approval of such courses requires the consent of the professor teaching the course, and the completion of clearly specified, additional work. Forms to request approval for non-Honors courses for Honors credit (commonly called 'pink sheets') may be obtained from the General Honors Program Office or by printing the form below. The most important aspects of the pink sheeting policy are:

  1. Students may pink sheet only after taking 3 regular Honors courses-9 Honors credits (or if they are simultaneously enrolled in the third regular course)
  2. No course at the 100 or 200 level may be pink sheeted
  3. Courses at the 300 and 400 levels may be pink sheeted only if clearly specified, additional work is listed on the form with the professor's signature and approved by the General Honors Program
  4. Courses at the 500 level count for Honor's credit (with a grade of B or better in the course) without the necessity of submitting a pink sheet for the course
  5. Pink sheets must be turned in no later than the end of the third week of classes for the fall and spring semesters and the second week of classes for the summer semesters. Retroactive pink sheets are not permitted
  6. No more than 6 of the 24 required honors credits may be earned through pink sheets

Deadline for Submitting Pink Sheets

Fall 2017
3rd week of classes
Friday, September 8, 2017
Spring 2018
3rd week of classes Friday, February 2, 2018

It is the responsibility of the student to print the form, complete page 1, submit the form to the Professor who will complete page 2, submit via email  at or in person to the Office of Academic Enhancement, Pentland House, 1238 Dickinson Drive #130 by the deadline dates noted above.

Special Reminders

As stated in the Bulletin under “Academic Procedures and Information,” students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the requirements of the University. Students in the General Honors Program are encouraged to check their progress with the General Honors Program Office regularly-especially in the junior year. Choose your courses wisely.

If a grade in an Honors course is changed or an “I” (Incomplete) completed, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the General Honors Program Office.

You must have a 3.500 UM cumulative GPA to be eligible to graduate with General Honors.

If a member of the program acts in a manner inconsistent with General Honors Program policies or objectives (for example, accepting a general honors research position and not complying with the stated rules, or is put on disciplinary probation by the University), then he or she is subject to dismissal from the Program.

Students who successfully fulfill the General Honors Program requirements are recognized at the annual Honors Day Convocation held the day before graduation in May. General Honors is noted on the transcript and on the diploma.

Please visit the General Honors Program webpage, Graduation Honors, for specific information regarding degrees in cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude, or contact the General Honors Program Office.