University Honors College Scholar Designation

The University Honors College provides an enriched education to those undergraduate students who seek greater depth and breadth in their studies than would be needed to satisfy the requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree. The “University Honors College Scholar” designation recognizes Pitt’s most ambitious students, whose sustained efforts take full advantage of honors opportunities and exemplify the Honors College’s core values of academic attainment, intellectual curiosity, and social consciousness. Like all such honorific credentials, the goal of the University Honors College Scholar designation is to publicly recognize the striking achievements of high-performing students, and thereby allow the students to appreciate and frame their own achievements while also inspiring others to seek comparable goals.

To achieve an official transcript annotation designating them as a University Honors College Scholar, students must fulfill the following requirements:

Initial Registration: Indicating the student’s intention to pursue this designation. Registration for candidacy is optional and may be done at any time; it provides one way for students to check to see if their plans will be acceptable.

The initial registration form is AVAILABLE HERE.

GPA: Overall GPA of at least 3.50, including a minimum GPA of 3.50 earned in all honors coursework used to satisfy the requirements for the designation.

Courses: A total of at least three honors courses. Students completing a BPhil thesis, the Honors College’s pinnacle of academic attainment, automatically satisfy this three-course requirement.

Honors-course Equivalents (HCEs): A total of at least three HCEs, which may include additional honors courses (beyond the three required, above), Honors College-approved study abroad courses, graduate courses, or outside the classroom experiences such as Honors College-sponsored research fellowships (i.e., Brackenridge, HCHS, community-based research).

Intellectual Curiosity: At least one honors course or HCE must be outside of the student’s disciplinary major. This requirement will be satisfied automatically if students complete a second disciplinary major or a second degree.

Social Consciousness: In a 250-500 word statement, students must describe how they showed concern for others during their undergraduate career, reflect on the impact they made, and explain what they learned. Examples might include, but are not limited to, a community-based research fellowship, a teaching assistantship, tutoring, leadership in a service organization, and service in a clinical setting or organization for social change.

Final Application: Indicating that the student has satisfied the above requirements (accepted on a rolling basis).

The final application form is AVAILABLE HERE.

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