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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the requirements for the Honors EXCEL program? How do I know if I’m eligible?
  2. What are the benefits of the program?
  3. What does the application look like? How should I put a proposal together?
  4. Can my Honors EXCEL project include the research/internship/study abroad that is required for my major?
  5. Who should I talk to about project ideas? I would like to combine a study abroad trip to something related to my major.
  6. Where do I find information on the Honors EXCEL program and who to contact?
  7. When application will be open and where do I apply for it?
  8. How much time do I have to dedicate to the Honors EXCEL program?
  9. Do I have to maintain a certain GPA to be part of the program?
  10. Do I have to finish the Honors Foundations program to do the Honors EXCEL program?
  11. How does an extension work with the Honors EXCEL program?
  12. Will I be able to fit the classes required into my major requirements? Will this affect or prevent me in any way from being able to graduate on time?
  13. Would I be able to extend the program for a fifth year?
  14. I plan to graduate early, does this make doing the Honors EXCEL program difficult?
  15. Is joining the Honors EXCEL program the only way to continue with the Honors College after completing the Honors Foundations program?

1. What are the requirements for the Honors EXCEL program? How do I know if I’m eligible?

The program requirements can be found on our website's Requirements and Timeline page.     

All second semester sophomores (typically in their fourth semester of WVU) with a GPA of 3.4 or greater are eligible. Those with lower GPAs may apply with a letter of recommendation from a mentor.

2. What are the benefits of the program?

Honors EXCEL program benefits include:

      • Opportunities to deeply pursue projects of academic and personal interest
      • Curricular and financial support for student projects
      • Mentorship from faculty in your project's discipline and in the Honors College
      • Connections with a community of Honors students
      • Priority registration for classes before general population students
      • Recognition at graduation and on your WVU transcript

3. What does the application look like? How should I put a proposal together?

The application consists of four questions: 

1) What do you plan to do? 
2) Who will benefit from your work? 
3) What qualifications do you have to undertake and complete the project?  
4) How will this project enhance your time at WVU beyond your degree program?

The Honors EXCEL program admissions committee will prioritize projects that feature the following experiential values.

The project:

      • is long-term (several semesters), feasible and innovative;
      • represents an identifiable enhancement of a knowledge base or set of skills already being developed or pursued by the student, either via coursework or extracurricular activity;
      • builds on prior work, research or scholarship and proposes appropriate methodologies, processes or practices;
      • is mentored by a WVU faculty or staff member;
      • has an expectation of positive impact to a community (defined broadly) beyond the benefits to the student alone;
      • includes at least some aspects that are unique to the applicant. Although all projects will likely be collaborations with faculty, staff, community members and/or other students, all projects must demonstrate a sense of ownership by the student.

4. Can my Honors EXCEL project include the research/internship/study abroad that is required for my major?

Yes. However because students participating in the Honors College programs earn an extra credential, your Honors EXCEL project will need to expand beyond your degree requirements. Typically, students will expand their research/internship/study abroad into a project by completing work in additional semesters before and after the primary experience.

5. Who should I talk to about project ideas? I would like to combine a study abroad trip to something related to my major.

You can use the following resources: 

6. Where do I find information on the Honors EXCEL program and who to contact?

See the Honors EXCEL program website and email HonorsEXCEL@mail.wvu.edu to discuss project ideas.

7. When application will be open and where do I apply for it?

The application is available online and is open until April 1, 2019. You can find instructions on how to apply here.

8. How much time do I have to dedicate to the Honors EXCEL program?

The program requires six credits of experiential learning. The university defines one credit as approximately three hours per week for 16 weeks (48 hours). Thus, we expect projects will take approximately 300 hours spread over several semesters.

9. Do I have to maintain a certain GPA to be part of the program?

To remain in good standing in the program you must:

1) file your project prospectus in the first semester, 
2) complete the out-of-class experiences each semester and 
3) maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above .

10. Do I have to finish the Honors Foundations Program to do the Honors EXCEL program?

No. However, it would be in your best interest to explain why you didn’t complete the Honors Foundations program in your Honors EXCEL program application.  

11. How does an extension work with the Honors EXCEL program?

If you extend the Honors Foundations program into the fifth semester, you can not count the Honors EXCEL program credits toward the Honors Foundations program. In other words, you can not count the same Honors courses toward both programs. It would be wise to ask your advisor whether you can reasonably complete both programs simultaneously while making progress on your major.

12. Will I be able to fit the classes required into my major requirements? Will this affect or prevent me in any way from being able to graduate on time?

Please email HonorsEXCEL@mail.wvu.edu to discuss your options. You should also talk to your academic advisor about how the Honors EXCEL program will fit with your other degree requirements.

13. Would I be able to extend the program for a fifth year?

Ideally, the Honors EXCEL program will be completed in 2 years. However, if you will be on-campus for a fifth year, you may be able to extend your Honors EXCEL project.

14. I plan to graduate early, does this make doing the Honors EXCEL program difficult?

The Honors EXCEL program is expected to take 4 semesters. At this time, it is not possible to complete the program if you plan to graduate in 3 years.

15. Is joining the Honors EXCEL program the only way to continue with the Honors College after completing the Honors Foundations program?

Yes. The Honors College has two separate programs: The Honors Foundations program for first-years and sophomores and the Honors EXCEL program for juniors and seniors.

Have additional questions?

Email the Honors EXCEL program at  HonorsEXCEL@mail.wvu.edu

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