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 tailored 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 subjects as wide ranging as Vertebrate Paleontology, Victorian Poetry, Quantum Physics, and dozens of other topics. The upper level Undergraduate Research Initiative (URMI) course can also be taken for up to 3 hours of Honors credit. For more information on the URMI program, please visit colum.edu/urmi. 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 classroom.

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 cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater is eligible to take Honors courses. Students who declare Honors, complete fifteen Honors credits, and maintain a 3.5 or greater cumulative GPA in all courses will receive the designation “Honors Program Graduate” on their final transcripts. This is distinct from Latin Honors, which is based solely on GPA. Please feel free to contact the Director of the Honors Program with any questions at honors@colum.edu or visit colum.edu/honors