The Honors Program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Honors students are encouraged to think independently and to challenge ideas as they study with highly motivated peers and engage in provocative discussions that foster a spirit of camaraderie.
Honors Program Benefits
There are many benefits for completing the Honors Program at NOVA. For some students, it is a self-guided exploration of new material facilitated by an experienced guide. For others, the appeal lies in the small class size and seminar-style discussions. The out-of-class enrichment experiences offer a distinctive bonus that all can enjoy.
- Smaller classes
- Stimulating professors and peers
- Student-led discussions
- Seminar-style classrooms
- Community of learners
- Multi-disciplinary approaches
- Interaction with nationally-known experts in the field
- Field trips
- College-wide events and campus-wide leadership recognition
- Honors Club
- Special honors scholarships
- Competitive edge applying to four-year institutions and in university courses
- Future transfer agreements
- An Honors transcript identifier
- An Honors Certificate of Completion for 18 hours of Honors credit
- Recognition at commencement
- Letters of recommendation from Honors faculty
Who Is Eligible
To be eligible to take an Honors course, you must have completed all prerequisites for that course and meet ONE of the criteria listed below.
- Document a combined score of at least 1200 out of 1600 on the SAT Critical Reading and Math sections or at least 1800 out of 2400 with a score of at least 600 on each section; OR
- Place into Honors English and/or Honors math based on placement test scores as indicated by a NOVA Testing Center representative; OR
- Document a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 at the last academic institution attended; OR
- Provide recommendations from two instructors, counselors, or advisors based on any course taken at any academic institution attended; OR
- Provide a recommendation from an Honors Chair, Honors Counselor, or Honors instructor teaching the requested Honors course(s). This recommendation should indicate the student’s life experience, special aptitude, or interest that indicates potential for success in an Honors course.
If you do not meet any of the above requirements, you may be given permission to take an Honors course based on a recommendation by the Honors Chair, Honors Counselor, or instructor teaching the requested Honors course(s). This recommendation may indicate your life experience, special aptitude, or interest that indicates potential for success in this course(s).
Honors Courses are designed to provide motivated students with an enriched program of study beyond the standard college course. Smaller classes allow students the opportunity for a deeper exploration of topics and to work with professors more closely. Honors Courses include rigorous academics, enrichment activities, opportunities for leadership, and in-depth research.
Students eligible to take Honors Courses or Honors Option Courses may take an Honors Course without being admitted to the Honors Program.