Good Standing and Graduation Requirements

Below are the minimum academic requirements to remain in Good Standing in Macaulay Honors College. Some of the eight partner colleges have additional requirements. It is each student’s responsibility to be familiar with all requirements and be aware of policy changes, all of which are posted on the Macaulay website.

  • Macaulay students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.3 in their first three college semesters and through their 45th credit, and an overall 3.5 GPA thereafter.
  • Macaulay students are expected to be enrolled as full-time students (minimally 12 credits), unless the Dean and/or Provost of Macaulay Honors College gives a student permission to do otherwise due to exceptional circumstances. However, some campuses and degree programs may require additional credits per semester; your honors advisor should be consulted regarding your program planning.
  • Macaulay students must successfully pass all of the four Macaulay Seminars.
  • Macaulay students must successfully complete a minimum of four additional honors courses. (The honors programs at some colleges require more.)
  • Macaulay students must complete honors in their major and a senior thesis or capstone project.
    • IF these options are not available, or with special permission, students may, with the approval of the Provost, choose among these three options: (1) Students may take two extra upper division Honors classes on any campus, including at Macaulay. (2) Students may enroll in Macaulay’s Springboard Senior Thesis class (a two-semester commitment; students will not be permitted to enter mid-year). (3) Students may complete an independent senior thesis project at their home campus, in consultation with their Macaulay advisor.
  • Macaulay students must either study abroad or complete a qualifying internship or research experience.
  • Macaulay students must complete thirty (30) hours of community service before the senior year. At least ten (10) hours must be completed within the first year.  (Some campuses require more hours).
  • Macaulay students  must adhere to the Honors Integrity Pledge at all times.

Failure to meet the requirements and standards of the Honors College, including violations of the Honors Integrity Code, may result in dismissal and the termination of the Macaulay Scholarship and all associated privileges. However, dismissal from Macaulay Honors College does not necessarily mean dismissal from the home college. If your cumulative GPA falls below the requirement for Good Standing during your first four semesters, you may request that the grade for one course in the semester just completed be omitted from the calculation of your Macaulay GPA. See below under section “Additional Polices”, “Dropping a Grade” and your advisor for further guidelines and requirements.