University Scholars is an honors curriculum that allows Xavier students from every college and major to be challenged with greater academic depth and rigor. The program brings Honors peers together in small classes, emphasizing learning across the university and engagement with the world.
Typically University Scholars are students with excellent high school records and SAT scores around 1300 and up or ACT scores around 29 and above. Admission to the program usually occurs by invitation prior to the freshman year, but students already enrolled at Xavier or transfer students may contact the Program Director to inquire about joining the program once they have matriculated.
Minimum requirements for USP students entering fall 2016 are as follows:
1. Scholars must complete any five courses with the Honors (HONR) attribute; these courses are expected to overlap largely with a student’s core requirements and/or a student’s major;
2. Scholars must complete HONR 300 (a multidisciplinary “Connections” course taught by two faculty from different departments) in their junior or senior year;
3. Scholars must maintain a cumulative 3.000 grade point average during their freshman year and a 3.200 cumulative grade point average thereafter. Note: only Honors courses with a C or above meet a Scholars requirement. Students whose grade point averages fall below these figures will be placed on probation within the Program and given a semester in which to bring up their grades.
University scholars who complete the program successfully and have a 3.200 overall GPA at graduation receive the appropriate Bachelor’s Degree pertaining to their area of study with the notation “University Scholar.”