The Honors College
Dr. Art Spisak, Director
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Challenging courses, the best professors and more individual attention await students in the Honors College at Missouri State University.
Initiated in 1987, Missouri State’s Honors College provides a program of enhanced, advanced study and recognition for academically talented students. Honors students have intellectual opportunities not found in some of the more traditional programs: smaller and enriched classes, direct contact with outstanding faculty members and the option to pursue intellectual, research and creative interests.
The Honors College consists of general honors and departmental honors. To qualify for general honors, students must complete the freshman honors seminar in their first semester in the college and take five general education honors courses in the first five semesters in the college. They must also take their capstone course for general education in an honors section. For departmental honors, students must meet the general honors requirements listed above, plus complete 12 semester hours of honors work in their major, including a senior honors project. Students might do only general honors or both general honors and departmental honors.
Membership in the Honors College is by invitation and is extended to all presidential scholars and governors’ scholars. Membership is also offered to those students who have at least an ACT of 27 (or an SAT of 1220 or higher) and who have graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class or have a high school GPA of 3.90 or above. Students who would like to be considered for membership but do not meet one of these standards may apply for exceptional admission by letter to the Director, ideally during the spring before their freshman year. Later admission may be possible up to the beginning of the sophomore year.
To maintain membership in the Honors College, students must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA while maintaining a full-time load of at least 12 credit hours per semester.