Program Overview

The Honors Program consists of a general education curriculum which complements any major roadmap at Buffalo State. Explore the requirements as well as the numerous benefits of being an Honors Student!

Course Requirements

Honors students complete five 3-credit Honors seminars during their undergraduate career. These courses count towards the general education requirements ("Intellectual Foundations"). Honors seminar classes rotate each semester. See our current course offerings

Additionally, Honors students are enrolled in a 1-credit Intro to Honors course in their first semester and a 1-credit Senior Seminar in their final year.

The Honors Program is 17 credits in total.

GPA Requirement

Honors students are required to maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA at Buffalo State. If a student falls below this average, the Honors Program offers a probationary period with support to help them bring their GPA back up the following semester. 

Applied Learning

All Honors students are asked to complete an Applied Learning experience at Buffalo State. Many departments and majors already build this requirement into their curriculum and experiences can vary extensively.

Examples of Applied Learning include:

  • Research & Creative Projects
  • Civic Engagement or Service Projects
  • Internships
  • Study Away
Students in class

Student studying in Bishop Hall computer lab

Students in class

Students enjoying the annual Honors barbeque

Honors Program Perks Include:

Early Course Registration

Build your ideal class schedule and secure your seats with access to course registration on the first day it's available - regardless of your total credits

Honors Seminar Courses

Experience unique Honors seminar courses with small class sizes (24 students or less) led by hand-picked faculty

Honors Housing in Bishop Hall

Live in the beautifully renovated Bishop Hall with other Honors students. Learn more about Honors Housing

Dedicated Academic Advisor

All first-year Honors students meet with our Honors Academic Advisor who will help fit the Honors courses with your other major requirements. Honors students can also utilize drop-in hours or make appointments to discuss any academic issues.

Access to the Honors Hub

Honors students have exclusive access to the Honors Hub - a lounge, computer lab with free printing, eating area, and event space - located right next to the Honors Office on the third floor of South Wing

Leadership Opportunities

The Honors Program hosts a free leadership workshop each semester for students. Past topics have included effective communication skills, creative leadership, thinking styles, time management, and more.

Students may also serve as Honors Leaders, who mentor first-year Honors students, and as Honors Ambassadors, who meet with prospective students and assist with Honors programming.

Exclusive Honors Events

Take advantage of frequent free events, workshops, and programming all year long! From large-scale events like the annual BBQ and Honoring Honors recognition event, to casual events like faculty talks, performances, and off-campus excursions, there is something for every interest.

Recognition On Transcript And At Graduation

Upon completing the Honors Program requirements, students receive official recognition on their transcript and are recognized at commencement for their accomplishment.