Policies & Requirements
Students who qualify after their first and/or second semesters will be formally invited to apply to the Honors College. These students must have less than 34 hours of course credit with no incomplete or withdrawn courses and must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7. Students who do not meet these criteria but feel that they have extenuating circumstances can appeal to the Dean for consideration.
There are several procedures in place to ensure that students maintain the academic and personal rigor integral to the Honors College. Among these are the regulations surrounding GPAs. Per class rank, Honors College students entering the program in 2010 or later must maintain the following GPA each semester:
|Rank||Hours||Presidential Scholar GPA||Dean's Scholar GPA|
That said, some students may not achieve these minimums in a given semester. Failure to achieve the required GPA for a given semester results in probation within the Honors College. Probationary students are notified after semester grades have been reviewed by the Honors College faculty.
Students on probation may be reinstated to good standing by raising their GPA so that their cumulative average is above the minimum required. Re-instated students will be notified once this has occurred. Continued failure to meet minimums will result in suspension from the Honors College. Suspension includes the loss of all privileges associated with being and Honors Student. Note that suspensions are not recorded on university transcripts.
Further, freshmen admitted on probation may be suspended after the first semester, if their GPA doesn‘t meet or exceed the minimum. Suspended students can petition for re-admission if their GPA improves.
In addition to maintaining a strong GPA, all Honors students are required to take at least one Honors course per semester. If a student is unable to do so, they must fill out a waiver available in the Honors College office or on the Honors College Forms page.
All Honors students are required to sign the Honors Student Code of Conduct upon entering the Honors College. The Honors Code was written by Honors students for Honor students.
The code of conduct reads as follows:
As an Honors Student, I understand the privileges associated with the Honors College come with responsibilities.
West Virginia University and the Honors College take great pride in their students, and I intend to uphold the high standards of our University in order to show that I am proud to be a Mountaineer. I agree to act in a professional and respectful manner toward my peers, professors, and others at all times. In addition, I understand that the specifics of this respectful attitude include, but are not limited to:
- Maintaining a high level of courtesy toward any guests of the College
- Maintaining academic integrity with respect to class work, exams, and instructors
- Maintaining polite behavior toward any and all Honors College and University faculty and staff
With these fundamental principles in mind, I know that I will thrive as a productive member of the Honors community. I also know that my failure to adhere to these principles might lead to action at the discretion of the Dean. For Appeals process see Student Code of Conduct at Student Life
Causes for dismissal from the Honors College include but are not limited to the following:
- Academic Dishonesty
- Theft and/or destruction of University and/or Honors College Property
- Criminal Offense
- Violation of the Honors Student Code of Conduct
All dismissal matters are at the discretion of the Dean. For Appeals process see Student Code of Conduct at Student Life
Students wishing to leave the Honors College for any reason are asked to alert the Honors College office. You must send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org from your University MIX account stating that you wish to withdraw your membership from the Honors College effective immediately, and include your WVU Student Identification Number and full name. We WILL NOT accept an e-mail from any other account. If you cannot access your MIX account, you will need to come into the office and provide us with written documentation.
West Virginia University has a Student Conduct Code that all students are expected to abide by at all times. If students fail to abide by this code, they will likely face the Student Conduct Board, a group composed of both faculty and students who hear cases of student misconduct and assign penalties for the student‘s actions. For more information about the Student Conduct Code, visit:
For Appeals process see Student Code of Conduct at Student Life.