Eligibility & Enrollment
There are two tiers of eligibility in the Honors College: honors scholars and honors students. Both tiers can graduate as Honors College Graduates or Honors College Graduates with Distinction.
Honors Scholars are a select group of around 40 students who make up the Honors College's incoming freshman class ech year. These students are National Merit Semifinalists and Finalists, Harding Trustee Scholars, and other students in the College Board's Recognition programs. If openings remain, students may be selected from the pool of Trustee Award applicants and Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholars.
Honors Scholars are required to enroll in an exclusive curriculum during their first semester, given priority registration each semester, granted automatic acceptance into the American Studies Institute, and encouraged to pursue graduating from the Honors College with distinction.
Review the Honors Scholars section of our website for details about this honors opportunity.
Any student who earns a 3.25 GPA at midterm of their first semester, or any time thereafter, can apply for admission to the Honors College.
Students selected as Walton Scholars by the Walton International Scholarship Program are automatically enrolled as Honors Students at midterm of the first semester.
All students enrolled in the Honors College are expected to engage in scholarship, leadership and service to the community. To remain enrolled in the Honors College, students will:
- maintain a 3.25 cumulative university GPA
- participate in the academic and student life offerings in the Honors College
- participate in leadership and service opportunities on campus, in the community and beyond
The Honors College tracks students' progress in these areas. Students who do not meet the expectations in a given semester will be placed on probation in the Honors College during the following semester. If the expectations are unmet a second time, the student will be unenrolled from the Honors College and may re-apply in the following semester.