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What is Honors at PNC?

As a first year honors student at PNC, you will:

  • Take a special honors-only section of GS 191: First-Year Experience, an interdisciplinary freshman seminar that fulfills general education credit in most PNC majors
  • Meet monthly with your honors faculty mentor to plan your future at PNC and beyond
  • Attend at least four Honors Events, where you’ll meet scholars, artists, intellectuals and accomplished citizens from northwest Indiana and around the country
  • Meet your honors mentor and other honors students at a welcome reception before classes start
  • Start work toward the goal of graduating with University Honors from PNC

What happens after the first year, and how can I graduate with University Honors?

  • You’ll be invited to continue in the Honors Program if you’ve maintained at least a 3.0, earned at least a B in your honors FYE course, and participated actively in the Honors Program by attending honors events and meeting with your Honors Mentor.
  • If you stay in the Honors Program, you will have made significant progress toward graduating from PNC with University Honors. To get there, you’ll need to earn Bs or higher in 12 credit hours worth of honors course work, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, and participate actively in honors events. If you choose not to stay in the program, your transcript will still show that you completed an academic year of honors work.

Is Honors for me?

If you thrive on intellectual challenges, enjoy going out of your way to learn new things, and have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above, the Honors Program might well be for you.  If your GPA is between a 3.5 and a 3.0, but you love learning and want not just to succeed but to challenge yourself academically in college, you are eligible to apply as well.