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Honors Program

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The Honors Program at Keystone benefits students of intellectual promise and high motivation who seek increasing challenge at the undergraduate level. The program, designed to recognize and encourage academic excellence, stimulates students to work at their own pace, and facilitates the exchange of ideas and information among students with different interests and in different disciplines.

The Honors Program provides co-curricular activities, service opportunities, and intellectual and social support, adding significant dimensions to the student’s academic program. Students are placed in a challenging yet supportive environment where they can develop their critical and creative thinking skills and find ways to use these skills to make a difference in the larger community.


Honors Program students enrolled on a full-time basis may be eligible for scholarships between one-half tuition plus fees up to full tuition.

"In the honors program I was encouraged, guided and challenged by my professors. They reinforced that I was not only able, but that I was truly capable. I was challenged and guided to become involved as a leader on campus and become more socially involved through meaningful service projects." 

Bryan McIntyre   |   Class of 2016, Outstanding Graduate
Double Major:
Psychology and Social Science

Served as Student Government President

Graduation Highlights for Our Honors Students

Any student in the Honors Program who earns a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.500 and a grade of “B” in the established Honors courses will be designated as an Honors Scholar. The Honors Scholar designation will appear on their diploma and they will wear a distinguished medal at Commencement.

Graduating with honors (summa, magna, or cum laude)
Any undergraduate degree-seeking student who earns a minimum 3.500 cumulative GPA will graduate with honors. The Honors designation will appear on their diploma and they will wear gold honors cords at Commencement.

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.900 – 4.00 GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.700 – 3.899 GPA
  • Cum laude: 3.500 – 3.699 GPA

Participation in the Honors Program

Students participate in the Honors Program in one of two ways:

Admissions invitation

  • The Director of Admissions may invite students to participate in the Honors Program once a formal acceptance to the College is granted.
  • Students who desire to participate must submit a completed application for admissions no later than April 1 of their senior year.
  • Students must have a minimum 3.50 cumulative high school GPA
    OR a 3.30 cumulative high school GPA and 1170 SAT (1100 on SAT prior to March 2016) or 24 composite ACT score

Faculty nominations

  • During the student’s first semester at Keystone College, faculty members are asked to submit the names of those students that meet the criteria for the Honors Program but are not yet involved.
  • Upon review, these students may be invited into the honors program, beginning the following semester.
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher to be considered for the honors program.

Honors Contract (PDF)

Faculty Guidelines for Supervising Honors Projects (PDF)

Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society

Alpha Lambda Delta is a nationwide honor society for freshmen who are pursuing a bachelor degree, are enrolled fulltime and have earned a 3.5 or higher grade point average during the first semester or first year in college.

Enriched College Writing Course
All incoming Honors students will be enrolled in a special section of English 1110 (College Writing I-Academic Writing). Workshops for peer editing and revision complement teacher/student interaction both in and outside the classroom. The Honors section will contain an enriched curriculum and be taught by a senior faculty member.

Honors-Designated Courses
Students will be required to enroll in 18 Honors-designated credits in addition to the enriched English 1110 course. (Students pursuing an associate degree will be required to enroll in 9 Honors-designated credits). A contract will be signed by the student and faculty for each Honors-designated course, outlining more in-depth, enriched requirements. Most of the College’s courses can be taken for Honors designation.

Non-eligible Honors Courses
All Keystone courses are eligible to be taken for Honors Designation by students in the Honors Program, with the permission of the instructor, except the following: FYS 1110, COMM 1125, PHED 1110, IT 1115, MATH 1115, MATH 1125, SCI 0050, ACCT 1125, ACCT 1155, ACCT 1160, IT 4710 through 4730, all 1000-level ART studio courses, all Internships, field experiences, student teaching, and experiential learning courses.