Honors Graduate

Honors Graduates complete required Honors Lower-Division Coursework and Upper Division Coursework, as listed in the Requirements page and in the undergraduate catalog.

Honors Graduate with Distinction

Honors Graduates with Distinction demonstrate that they are willing to go beyond what a normal Honors College Graduate would like to achieve. These graduates complete the Honors Graduate requirements, plus completing the following:

  • 9 semester hours of additional Honors electives
  • Capstone requirement:
    • An Honors College or Departmental Honors Thesis
    • The Citymester Program
    • The Archer Program
    • The Legislative Scholar Program
    • Any other UTSA college’s honors program
    • Double major

Honors Member

Honors College Members participate in the Honors classroom environment, but may not have the opportunity to complete all of the graduation requirements. Member status ensures that our Honors community runs from a student's first to last year on campus, and participation is recognized on the student's transcript. Students who do not complete the requirements for graduation from the Honors College may graduate as “Members of the Honors College” by having an institutional grade point average of 3.0 upon graduation and being in good standing in the semester of graduation. Students who are Honors College Members in good standing in special programs but not pursuing the Honors College curriculum will also graduate as Honors College Members.

Satisfactory Progress in Honors

Satisfactory Progress (SP) refers to completing curricular requirements to remain in Honors. The Honors College assesses SP once a year during the summer. If students have questions about requirements, they should refer to the Honors College section of the Undergraduate Catalog and schedule an appointment with their Honors Academic Counselor.

To maintain satisfactory progress, students need to meet these curricular requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative UTSA GPA of 3.0 at the time of annual review and
  • Average two Experiences per year enrolled
  • Attend a minimum of 3 Honors designated events per fall & spring semesters

There are three potential outcomes for Honors' annual review of SP:

  • making satisfactory progress toward requirements
  • placement on probation
  • the loss of Honors College membership

Students who have less than the required GPA for membership (under 3.0 but above a 2.75 cumulative UTSA GPA) or are not completing their curricular requirements will receive notification that they are on probation. When on probation, students must meet the stated requirements within a given timeframe to continue membership in Honors. Students on probation will still participate as full members in the Honors College. However, students who fail to meet the conditions of probation or fall below a cumulative UTSA GPA of 2.75 will be dismissed from the Honors College.

Note on Honors Membership: A cumulative UTSA GPA between 3.0 and 3.3 allows students to retain Honors Membership. Honors membership allows students to retain privileges in the Honors College while working to improve their GPA. To be classified as a graduate from the Honors College, students must have a minimum cumulative UTSA GPA of 3.3 or higher at the time of graduation.

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Opportunities within the Honors College

The Honors College offers students the opportunity to participate in a number of different programs to further expand knowledge, especially in the realms of professional development, leadership development, and public service. Special programs are fully integrated into the Honors College curriculum, making credit transfer simple and ensuring that students are working toward Honors requirements.