All students invited by the Office of Admission to join the Honors Program are eligible to do so by signing up for one of the two Fall Semester required courses. Students will receive the “Tulane Scholar” designation on their transcripts for each semester they remain in the program. Students may exit the program at any time by opting not to fulfill the requirement for a specific semester or year.
Honors students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher. Students admitted into the Honors Program at the beginning of the freshman year will not be removed from the Program during their freshmen and sophomore years as long as they maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6. Students who do not have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 at the end of the sophomore year will be removed at that time.
Honors students, beginning in fall 2016, are also required to take a number of courses to maintain their honors status. These courses are designed to help you along with research. Students are required to take three specific courses offered by the honors program as well as an additional courses with the honors designation junior year and write a thesis senior year. More information on individual courses is available under the Courses page.
In addition to coursework, Honors students in the Freshman year are expected to participate in the Wall Societies (whether or not they live in Wall). In addition to its curriculum, participation in the Honors Program requires in the sophomore year the DIY Lecture Series, in which students attend academic lectures held on campus and write brief reports.
In addition to advising from faculty mentors, honors students receive special advising from the honors program about prestigious post-graduate scholarships (for example, the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Goldwater), career preparation, and other post-graduate opportunities. All of the program’s activities of the first three years help prepare students for the Senior Honors Thesis, the preeminent form of undergraduate scholarship at Tulane and the culminating achievement for students in the Honors Program. (Students are NOT required to complete the Honors Program in order to write a thesis. For more information on the thesis see additional information on this site.)
Students who complete the Honors Thesis graduate “with Honors” in their majors, and become eligible for certain awards at the time of graduation (for example, Senior Honors Scholar and membership in the Peery Society).
All Latin honors at Tulane are awarded on the basis of GPA alone. Students achieving GPA in the top 30% of the class will receive Latin honors according to the following:
Summa cum laude = top 5% of the class.
Magna cum laude = next 10% of the class.
Cum laude = next 15% of the class.
The precise GPA standards will be calculated based on the grades of the previous class; these standards will be advertised to students each the summer. For graduation in 2016, the GPA standards will be as follows:
Summa cum laude = 3.900
Magna cum laude = 3.800
Cum laude = 3.6
Students who complete Honors Theses will graduate “with honors in” the major or majors in which they write the thesis, in addition to any Latin honors. The Honors Thesis remains Tulane’s principle way of recognizing achievement in undergraduate research and scholarship. The thesis is a substantive accomplishment that speaks more eloquently to a student’s academic and scholarly credentials than GPA/Latin Honors alone. Apart from the merits of the intellectual experience, the thesis is also a significant credential -- a clear way of demonstrating to graduate schools and future employers that you are capable of independent research.