The Lindenwood University Honors College offers students a special opportunity to be recognized for excellence and extra effort in their courses. Graduating with University Honors is the highest award Lindenwood bestows. This achievement is announced at graduation, and the recipient wears a purple braid at the ceremony. “University Honors” also appears on the student’s diploma and transcript. All courses completed for Honors credit are designated as such on the student’s transcript. The President of the University also presents a certificate to those graduating with University Honors at the Honors Convocation.
University Honors are reserved for exceptional students who demonstrate intelligence, initiative, and perseverance in fulfi lling requirements beyond those asked of others. Meeting these expectations exhibits their commitment to excellence.
To apply for membership in the Honors College, an incoming freshman must score a 29 or above on the ACT. A transferring or returning student must have a 3.3 GPA to apply. Honors courses are offered in two formats. Each semester several courses have Honors sections where every student in that section is enrolled for Honors credit. These sections are smaller, with more class discussion and individual contact with the professors. The other format allows any undergraduate course on campus to be taken for Honors credit with the permission of the professor. A student must earn an A in the course and successfully complete an extra project mutually agreed upon by the professor and student.
To graduate with University Honors, a student must complete twenty-four (24) hours of Honors credit. There are two options. First, a student may enroll in up to twelve (12) hours of 100-level Honors sections with the remaining twelve (12) hours in 300-level courses. Second, a student may enroll in six (6) hours of traditional 100-level courses and complete the remaining eighteen hours in courses 200-level or above.
To apply or to receive more information, please contact:
Mike Whaley, Ph.D.
Director, Honors College Board
Professor of History
207 Butler Hall
Individual disciplines recognize the high achievement of their majors with enrollment into special Honor Societies.
At graduation, the faculty awards degree honors to students who have completed all degree requirements with academic distinction. To be eligible for degree honors, students must have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours in residence at Lindenwood University and must meet the grade point average requirements.
•The cum laude requires a GPA between 3.70 and 3.85.
•The magna cum laude requires a GPA between 3.86 and 3.93.
•The summa cum laude degree requires a GPA of 3.94 or above.
Alpha Lambda Delta
Freshmen who achieve a GPA of 3.5 are admitted into Alpha Lambda Delta, an academic honor society.
Dr. Meredith Marsh 636.949.4583
Juniors and seniors who achieve standing in the upper 10 percent of their class are admitted into Alpha Chi, international college honor society.
Dr. Michael Mason 636.949.4825
Alpha Sigma Lambda
Non-traditional adult (LCIE) students who have completed 84 credit hours at Lindenwood University and maintained a 3.8 GPA are admitted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society.
Dean Daniel Kemper 636.949.4501
Individual Achievement Awards -
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Each year at the Honors Convocation, Lindenwood University bestows awards on students who exhibit leadership, high academic performance, and professional promise. These awards recognize high achieving individuals in the various academic and professional disciplines as well as the visual and performing arts of music, dance, and theatre. Special recognition is also given to students who combine athletic skill with high academic achievement.