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Frequently Asked Questions

Over 500 academically committed students, in nearly every major, from across New York, the US, and the world!

The main difference between Honors courses and other general education courses is the class format and environment - not necessarily the difficulty or workload. Honors courses are often discussion-based, not lecture-based, and focus more on student engagement and critical thinking skills. The small class size enables the professor to get to know their students well and provide individualized feedback. Students who are motivated to learn and participate in class tend to thrive in Honors courses!

Beyond the academic requirements, Honors students are encouraged to get involved on campus in events, clubs, leadership positions, service projects and more. Honors promotes community and connections amongst students by hosting numerous events each semester on- and off-campus.

First-year applicants are automatically considered for admission to the Honors Program. No separate application or fee!

A holistic review considering high school GPA, extra curriculars, leadership, writing ability, and promise of contribution. Typically, invited students had at least a 91 GPA in high school.

Yes! Current Buffalo State students who achieve a 3.3 GPA are eligible to join the Honors Program. An email will be sent to eligible students with credits available after the Fall semester inviting them to apply. High achieving transfer students may also be eligible to join depending on credits remaining and schedule availability. Contact Honors Director Dr. Amy McMillan at to discuss eligibility.

Many incoming, full-time Honors Students are eligible for the Presidential ($1250/semester) or Provost ($1000/semester) Scholarships. Additionally, we offer Honors ($1250/semester) and/or Kenzie scholarships ($1200/semester) to qualifying Honors students. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years. Many students are able to cover most of their direct expenses—tuition, room, and board—with a combination of scholarships and other financial aid.  Further scholarships may be found through the CAPS (Campus Application Portal for Scholarships) or through the Financial Aid Office.