What is the Honors Foundations Program?
Earning Honors Foundations Credit
Maintaining Good Standing
- Completing the Program
The Honors Foundations Program is a two-year Honors program designed to enrich students’
first years on campus.
This program is designed for first-time freshmen, and will complement their academic programs in their majors, while fostering community and service in Honors, WVU, Morgantown, West Virginia and the world.
Benefits of the Honors Foundations Program
- Smaller sections of General Education Foundation (GEF) and introductory major courses
- Access to innovative Honors topics courses
- Honors classes that focus on enrichment instead of acceleration
- Inclusion in an Honors community — including Honors housing, peer leadership opportunities and co-curricular programming—designed to make the large campus smaller
Organizations where you can connect with your fellow Honors students, such as the Honors Student Association, the Honors Students of Color Affinity Group and the Honors LGBTQ+ & Allies Affinity Group
- Priority registration for classes before general population students while actively in the Honors Foundations program
- Honors Advising in your major
- Peer tutoring and mentoring
- Recognition at graduation and on your transcript
- Participation in rewarding community service activities
- Connections with other Honors students—some of the best and brightest on a world-class research campus
How to Apply
In order to complete the program, Honors Foundations Scholars must:
Complete a minimum of five Honors courses and 13 Honors credits
Maintain a satisfactory GPA (3.5+ Honors GPA and 3.0+ cumulative GPA at program completion)
The Honors Foundations Program is designed to be completed in four semesters. The simplest way to complete the 13 Honors credit requirement is to take the Honors 102: Introduction to Honors course and one three-credit Honors course each semester for the student’s first four semesters at WVU. However, there are many ways to earn Honors credit, so individual students may follow a different schedule.
- Honors Foundations Courses
- Traditional Courses
- Add-On Courses
- Contract Courses
- Research (HONR 297)
- Mentoring HONR 102
Students are considered in good standing if they fulfill the following requirements:
After year one:
- Complete at least two Honors courses/ four Honors credits (including HONR 102: Introduction to Honors)
- Maintain 3.0+ Honors GPA and 3.0+ cumulative GPA
- Students who do not meet these requirements will be removed from the program beginning summer 2020.
To extend after year two:
- Complete four Honors courses/ ten Honors credits (including HNR 102: Introduction to Honors)
- Maintain 3.5+ Honors GPA and 3.0+ cumulative GPA
- Apply to extend in your fourth semester of the program