The following information applies to students who were admitted into the Honors Program on or before fall 2014.

For prospective students, please refer to the University of Miami Foote Fellows Honors Program page.

Every year, the College of Arts & Sciences invites the brightest members of the incoming freshman class to join the General Honors program. As an Honors student, you can enroll in special Honors courses across every department. You will forge friendships with a diverse mix of impressive UM students and alumni through the Honors Students’ Association. You can even apply to conduct paid summer research alongside a faculty mentor. General Honors students and their families are invited to a special Honors Day Convocation each spring to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class.

There are three different types of “honors” recognition at the University of Miami.


General Honors

General Honors is the University-wide honors program established in 1957. There is no separate application for the General Honors program. The College invites incoming freshman with a minimum 1400 on the SAT or 32 on the ACT and who graduate in the top 5% of their high school class to join the program. General Honors is awarded to Honors students who complete the following graduation requirements:

  • Entrance Requirements
  • General Requirements
  • 6 Honors course credits per academic year for a total of 24 by graduation
  • Of those 24 Honors credits, 12 courses must be at 200 level or higher and 12 must be outside of your major department
  • Earn a ‘B’ or better in all Honors courses
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher

Enrolled students and transfer students can also apply to join the General Honors program. If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher and have earned no more than 60 credits toward graduation, contact the Honors Program office at or 305-284-5384 to learn more.


Departmental Honors

More than 20 academic departments at the University invite both majors and elective students to pursue departmental honors. Departmental honors provide an opportunity for high-achieving juniors and seniors to dig deeper into a topic of special interest under the guidance of a faculty mentor. It is a great way to prepare for graduate study or complete a senior thesis. Although each department has its own honors requirements, most of them share the following:

  • 6 credit hours or more in independent study, senior thesis, senior project, or advanced courses designated by the department, earning a ‘B’ or higher
  • GPA within major of 3.500 or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher


University Honors

These are the honors designated by summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude on a University of Miami diploma. University honors are solely determined by cumulative GPA and are specific to the school or college from which the student is graduating. Here are the general guidelines:

  • Summa cum laude is awarded to the top 5% of graduates in each school
  • Magna cum laude is awarded to the top 6-15% of graduates in each school
  • Cum laude is awarded to the top 16-25% of graduates in each school


Contact the Honors Program

We welcome questions from both prospective and current students about the General Honors program.

  • Honors Program Office
    PO Box 248106
    Building 21, Room Y
    Coral Gables, Florida 33124-5595