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Dean's Honors Program

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The Dean's Honors Program allows admitted first-year students with an 88 high school GPA, 1000 on the SAT/19 on the ACT, or higher to pursue their educational goals through specially designed courses and out-of-class experiences.

To learn more about this program, please call (716) 878-3093 or email


Dean's Honors Program students complete four courses (three meet Intellectual Foundations requirements; the fourth is the capstone course in the major with an interdisciplinary component).

Grade Point Average
  • You may be eligible if you have an 88 or higher high-school grade point average
  • You must maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade point average
Required Classes (6 credits)
  • (3 credits) CWP 101 or CWP 102 – Special section of College Writing for Dean’s Honors students (usually in first semester)
  • (3 credits) Capstone Course project with an interdisciplinary component (usually in fourth year)
Electives (6 credits)

Select two from Dean's Honors courses in the following Intellectual Foundations categories (offerings vary):

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Diversity
  • Foundations of Civilizations
Other Requirements
  • Meet other non-credit requirements specific to your academic school, such as attending lectures and events, making scholarly presentations, and engaging in undergraduate research.

Note: High school courses at the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) level may satisfy college requirements. High school foreign language courses may satisfy Buffalo State’s foreign-language requirement.


  • Priority early class registration
  • Honors housing placement (limited space available)
  • Special Dean's Honors Program classes taught by our exceptional faculty
  • Co-curricular activities including service-learning; study abroad; and undergraduate research/creativity projects individually mentored by faculty
  • Lectures and social events especially for Dean's Honors students
  • Preferential internship, mentoring, and tutoring opportunities
  • 4+1 Pathways in selected majors (earn your undergraduate and master’s degrees in 5 years)
  • Interdisciplinary Honors capstone project
  • Dean's Honors designation on transcript


Buffalo State offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for current, newly accepted first-year, and transfer students. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.


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Honors Programs

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Twin Rise 100 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-3093