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Welcome to the Jack & Sandra Pine Honors College. Honors students enjoy small classes, engaging faculty, and a challenging, stimulating curriculum. You’ll also benefit from Honors housing, advising, scholarships, priority registration, a committed staff, and a great community of peers. Honors can help you learn, grow, and excel; it can connect you with challenges and experiences that build your confidence and résumé. In addition to excellent, purpose-built classes, we offer a rich extra-curricular program, ranging from hikes in nearby parks to conversations over tea and games, to participation in research conferences.
Questions? Check www.eiu.edu/honors for more info. Please also stop by and talk to the Honors staff in person! Come have tea with the dean!
Dean, Sandra & Jack Pine Honors College
Dr. Herb Lasky founded Honors in 1982 to meet the needs of academically talented students. By 2004, Honors had grown to become an Honors College, which was named for Sandra and Jack Pine in 2014, in recognition of their outstanding support of their alma mater. For more than 30 years, Honors at EIU has encouraged intellectual and social growth. Nearly 500 students from all academic areas are part of the Honors College.
New Freshman Students
New freshman students with a high school GPA of 3.75 are automatically offered admission to the Honors College. We also welcome students who show other evidence of excellence as Dean’s Choice admits. Admitted students with a GPA below 3.75 can apply online here.
Transfer students with a GPA of 3.5 from their prior institution are eligible to join the Honors College - they should apply at the link below, and contact Ms. Schmidt for advising (email@example.com).
Current EIU Students
3.5er Program: Students who achieve a 3.5 GPA in their first semester at EIU will be invited to join the Honors College.
Departmental Honors: Current students with a good GPA who are near junior standing should talk with their Departmental Honors coordinator to apply. Departmental honors students are full members of the Honors College.
The University Honors Program is intended to help new freshman and early career students challenge themselves and grow intellectually as they complete a flexible Honors curriculum that satisfies some of their General Education requirements. University Honors classes are small, discussion-centered, and usually open only to Honors students. They are challenging, stimulating, and fun. The following courses and experiences are required.
Departmental Honors consists of 12 hours of classes. These are primarily individualized courses that focus on research or creative activity supervised by faculty. Students pursue areas of personal interest by undertaking independent investigations of their chosen topics at a deep level. Each Departmental Honors program has its own unique requirements, though all culminate in a thesis or equivalent creative capstone project.
Admission to Departmental Honors
To be admitted to Departmental Honors students must:
Students must continue to complete Departmental Honors courses as outlined in their application. Changes in course sequence or selection must be reported to Ms. Schmidt.
Students must keep a GPA of at least 3.5 to remain in the program.
Students dismissed from Departmental Honors for low GPA may request a reversal of their dismissal as soon as their cumulative GPA is at or above a 3.5. Please contact Ms. Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request this.
Departmental Honors programs and their faculty coordinators are listed below. Ms. Schmidt (email@example.com) is the Honors College liaison for Departmental Honors.
All honors students receive extra advising from Honors College staff. Our resident expert is Ms. Schmidt, who works with presidential scholars and some juniors and seniors. Dean England and Dr. Sipes round out the advising team and work on class schedules. All of us help students make sure they are still on track with Honors requirements.
Honors students register during the first week of undergraduate registration, which is a particular advantage to early career students. This should happen automatically. If you have questions please ask Dr. Sipes (firstname.lastname@example.org). This benefit is for students in good standing with the Honors College.
Honors students have the option to live with other Honors students on dedicated floors in Thomas Hall. This can ease your transition to college as you will meet other Honors students with whom to study and socialize. Your resident assistants will also be Honors students, and residential programming on the Honors floors frequently has an Honors-related theme.
National Scholarships/Grad Program Advising
Ms. Schmidt (email@example.com) helps students who apply for National Scholarships, graduate school, or medical/veterinary school. Contact her early to get help with these applications
The Honors College is a community. We have regular on-campus social gatherings (Ice Cream Social, Pizza Crawl, Tea with the Dean) and special excursions to nearby attractions, as well as occasional outings to cities and cultural events. Students prepare the Honors Homecoming tent, get involved in annual service projects and give feedback to the Honors College. All events are listed in the weekly e-mail: read it, come, make some friends, and have fun!
We invite Honors-eligible high school seniors to apply for our Presidential, Pemberton Presidential, and Honors Award scholarships: eiu.edu/honors/Freshman_scholarships.php
Usually the deadline for Presidential scholarships is in early January for students who will be admitted as Freshman students the following August.
The awards below are open to current EIU students in good standing with the Honors College in all years (freshman to senior) unless otherwise noted. The Honors weekly e-mail will post deadlines – read it! Details, including deadlines and eligibility, are at eiu.edu/ honors/Current_student_scholarships.php.
Unless otherwise noted, submit all applications online through Academic Works by March 15.
The Pine Honors College offers all EIU students support and guidance in major national scholarship and fellowship competitions. In order to plan for competition, interested students should make appointments for information with designated campus representatives as early in their academic careers as possible. We encourage all students (and recent alumni) with exemplary academic, service, and leadership records to talk to Ms. Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org). For national scholarship links see eiu.edu/honors/National_scholarships.php.
Association of Honors Students (AHS)
AHS is a voluntary student organization that plans and executes social and service activities. All Honors students are encouraged to join. Invitations to AHS recruiting events are sent out in the Honors weekly e-mail.
This group is composed of faculty, staff, chairs, and students from across campus. This body reviews curricular and policy changes related to Honors, evaluates Presidential Scholarship applications, and reviews and approves other Honors College scholarship applications.
This group of alumni and friends of Honors meets twice a year to discuss networking, development, and the activities of the Honors College. They are a great support to current students. All alumni are invited to participate in Honors homecoming and other special events on- and off-campus.
The Pine Honors College invites faculty to nominate students to present original work at the Honors Council of the Illinois Region Student Research Symposium, and for students to propose presentations for the National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.