Honors Program

A Columbia education is rooted in the strength of our Core Curriculum in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). The Honors Program offers an enhanced LAS Core experience tai-lored to our students seeking greater academic challenges. The Honors classroom brings together students who have demonstrated an aptitude for learning at a very high level with instructors who are prepared to guide them through hands-on learning experiences in sub-jects as wide ranging as Vertebrate Paleontology, Victorian Poetry, Quantum Physics, and dozens of other topics. Further, because our Honors classes include students from all of Columbia’s majors in the visual, performing, and media and communication arts, these courses create opportunities for collaborations and relationships that transcend the class-room.

Students can become eligible for the Honors Program two ways:

Students with excellent initial applications (high school transcripts, test scores, etc.) may be invited to join the Honors Program at admission.

Alternately, any student who achieves and maintains a grade point average of 3.5 or greater is eligible to take Honors courses. Students that declare Honors, complete fifteen Honors credits, and maintain a 3.5 GPA in all of their courses will receive the designation “Honors Program Graduate” on their transcripts. This is distinct from Latin Honors which is based solely on GPA.

Please feel free to contact the Office of the Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences with any questions about the Honors Program, or visit colum.edu/honors.