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Admission and Requirements


Students with fewer than 15 semester hours of college credit are eligible for admission into the Jane Stephens Honors Program if they have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Transfer students wanting to enter the Jane Stephens Honors Program must have at least 15 semester hours of college credit and at least a 3.50 cumulative college grade point average.

Students who do not meet the standards given above may be admitted to the Jane Stephens Honors Program by petition if at the end of at least 15 semester hours of college work, they have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above.


To complete the Honors Program, a student must:

  1. earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above,
  2. earn a minimum of 24 hours of Honors credit, including 6 hours at the 300- and/or 400- levels, and
  3. complete a senior honors project.

Students who complete the  Honors Program requirements will be recognized as follows:

  1. They will be designated Honors Scholars.
  2. They will be identified at the commencement ceremony.
  3. They will receive a medallion to be worn at the commencement exercises.
  4. Notification of completion of the Honors Program requirements will be added to their academic transcript.


In order to remain in the program after admission, a student must:

  1. maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 and
  2. remain actively involved in the Honors Program.

Falling below the required minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 in any semester will cause the student to be placed on Honors probation. If, at the end of the probationary semester, the student's cumulative GPA is 3.50 or higher, the student will be returned to regular Honors status. If the cumulative GPA is still lower than 3.50, but the semester GPA is 3.50 or higher, the student will remain on Honors probationary status. If the semester GPA for a probationary semester is lower than 3.50, Honors status may be discontinued. A student may apply for readmission to the program if the cumulative GPA is raised to 3.50 or higher.

To maintain active involvement in the Jane Stephens Honors Program, a student must meet the following rate of progress toward accumulating the 24 hours of Honors credit needed to complete the program.

Honors Hours Completed at Southeast Total Hours Completed at Southeast
3 30
9 60
18 75
21 90

Failure to meet these credit hour minimums will result in students being placed on Honors probation. If the requisite number of Honors credits is accumulated by the end of the next semester, the student will be returned to regular Honors status; otherwise, Honors status may be discontinued. Students may petition the Faculty Honors Council for an exemption from the criteria for active involvement if they were not able to meet those standards due to extenuating circumstances, or if they have significant involvement in Honors Program activities other than course work (e.g., serving on the Student Honors Council, presenting a paper at an Honors conference).


1. Are Honors classes more difficult than non-Honors classes?

Honors classes are not designed to be more difficult than non-Honors classes or to cover a greater amount of material.  The Honors curriculum is designed to allow you to study, explore and understand concepts and issues more deeply and thoroughly.  Consequently, Honors classes provide the opportunity for greater interaction and discussion among the instructor and the Honors students about these concepts and issues.  While we certainly expect our honors faculty to challenge you and to inspire you to think critically, they will be there to guide you through the exciting process of exploration, discovery and scholarly activity.  Please keep in mind that our Honors faculty members are among the most dedicated teachers and scholars at Southeast, and they are devoted to your success in the Jane Stephens Honors Program.  Therefore, most Honors students prefer their Honors classes to their non-Honors classes because the intellectual atmosphere is such that learning becomes enjoyable and exciting!

2. What are Honors contracts?

Honors contracts are a means of obtaining honors credit for classes that are taught by Honors faculty members but are not specifically designated as Honors classes. Further details about Honors contracts and procedures are available on the Honors Contracts page.

3. Is there a “penalty” for joining the Jane Stephens Honors Program but not completing it?

If you do not complete the Jane Stephens Honors Program, it does not appear on your transcript and does not delay your graduation.  Joining the Stephens Honors Program is a “win-only” opportunity because you will be one of the dedicated Honors students taught by our Honors faculty members, who are excellent teachers committed to your success at Southeast.

The only “penalty” for not remaining active in the Jane Stephens Honors Program is you miss the benefits and opportunities of being included among a dedicated and supportive group of Honors students and Honors faculty.

4. If I choose to no longer participate in the Jane Stephens Honors Program, what action needs to be taken?

If you no longer want to participate in the Jane Stephens Program, please email us at or call us at 573-651-2513.

5. How can I find out when I can register early for classes?

You will need to log into your portal: Student SS tab>Current Student Checklist>Priority Registration date for [Semester, Year] please see the Step-by-Step guide here under the Priority Registration tab.




603 North Henderson

Jane Stephens Honors Program
One University Plaza, MS 4575
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

Honors House Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:30 am until 5:30 pm