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Honors Program FAQs

How do I join the University Honors Program? For incoming first-year students, admission is by invitation by the director of the University Honors Program in consultation with the Office of Admissions and Merit Awards and the president of Coastal Carolina University. The invitation letter is included in the merit award packet mailed to you via USPS. 

How do I accept the invitation to join the program? In your invitation letter there is a web address for you to follow to accept the invitation.When you go to the URL make sure you have any AP or IB scores, transfer credits and any tests you plan to take handy. We ask for that information on the acceptance form.

What if I have the requirements and don't receive an invitation? Please contact our office at 843-349-2267 or send us an email at honors@coastal.edu.

Is the program only available to entering freshman students? Transfer and continuing Coastal students who have completed 30 hours of college credit with a cumulative college GPA of 3.70 can apply to the program at www.coastal.edu/honors/application.

What should I do about AP, IB and college transfer credits? AP and IB scores must be sent to the University. To receive transfer or dual credit, an official transcript from the granting institution must be sent to the Office of Admissions and Merit Awards as soon as possible. Dual credit does not count simply because it appears on your high school transcript.

As an incoming first-year student, do I get to choose my own schedule? Your schedule is built by your freshman honors adviser based on the AP and IB test scores (and the tests you plan to take), and any dual enrollment/transfer classes you reported to us. We can only begin building your schedule after you have registered for one of the mandatory freshman orientation sessions held in the summer. Schedules can be changed upon request when seats are available.

How do I take honors classes? We offer a large number of honors seats in regular classes and honors only classes every semester. If a class has an H in the section number, that indicates that honors seats are available. If the course has an HONR prefix or has an H in the prefix number, it is an honors only class (e.g., MSCI 111.H1 indicates honors seats in a regular class whereas HONR 105.H1 or COMM 150H.H1 indicates classes restricted to honors students only).

How do I get the information on the laptop computer that new honors students receive? An email is sent to all incoming honors students during the summer with details on the computer and software specifics.

Will I have an honors adviser during my first year? You will have an honors adviser who will work with you to define your schedule and guide you through your first year. At the beginning of your second year, you will also have an adviser in your major that will act as your primary adviser. You will have an honors adviser to consult with concerning the honors curriculum for as long as you remain in the program.

What about housing? Honors students are required to live in honors housing during their first year. Roommate requests will be restricted to University Honors Program students. If you have a housing exemption and live off campus you are not required to live in honors housing, but if you choose to live on campus you must live in honors housing. Exceptions are afforded to student athletes, students in the PGA/PGM program, and for situations where there are extenuating circumstances. Exceptions for extenuating circumstances are at the discretion of the director of the University Honors Program.

What are the requirements to remain in the Honors Program? Cumulative GPA requirements are 3.25 up to 30 credits, 3.33 up to 60 credits and 3.50 until graduation. Students must average at least one honors course per semester. Students who fall below these standards must meet with their honors adviser and/or the director of the University Honors Program to develop a plan to recover any deficiencies in GPA or honors credits.