Honors Students & Honors Convocation

New students who apply to the University of Arizona are automatically considered for admission to the Honors College. Students who are accepted into the Honors College must also select a major in one of the other academic units on campus (for example, a major in the College of Science). On average, 30% of the incoming College of Science Freshmen are admitted to the honors college.

Graduation with Honors requires:

  • 30 units of honors credit, including 6 units of senior honors thesis
  • overall 3.5 GPA
  • senior honors thesis

Many students in the College of Science are successful in graduating with Honors (41%). The College of Science offers numerous honors courses, and most students in Science do independent research that serves as the basis for the senior honors thesis.

For more information about the Honors College and to how to participate, please see the Honors College website

Honors Convocation - College of Science

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: University of Arizona, Student Union Memorial Center, North Ballroom

The awards ceremony will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

** College of Science Honors Convocation is by invitation only! **

Invitations will be emailed the week of September 9th. 

*Business Dress is the suggested attire (but suits and formal dresses are not required)

For those who cannot attend the ceremony

Cords will be available for pick-up in Gould-Simpson 929 before the Thanksgiving holiday break every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm between Oct. 15th and Nov. 26th, 2019 **UA photo ID required**   

College of Science students that have earned academic awards can RSVP and attend the ceremony to receive their honors cords for the following achievements:

Dean’s List – white cord
(based on 15 regularly graded units/semester and a grade-point average of 3.500-3.999)

Dean’s List with Distinction – red cord
(based on 15 regularly graded units/semester and a 4.000 grade-point-average)

Academic Distinction – royal blue cord
(based on 30 regularly graded units/academic yr and a grade-point-average of 3.500-3.999)

Highest Academic Distinction – red, white and royal blue cord
(based on 30 regularly graded units/academic yr and a 4.000 grade-point-average)


We award Honors cords to students that have declared the College of Science as their primary college.

Academic awards are calculated and bestowed upon students meeting the requirements established by the University of Arizona Registrar’s Office. 

A complete explanation of academic awards

Honors Convocation Contact:

Frankie Kolb




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