May 23, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin

School of Honors

Michael Tkacik

McKibben Education Building, Room 381
Phone: (936) 468-2813
Fax: (936) 468-7619
P.O. Box 6114, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

The School of Honors provides exceptional intellectual challenge and stimulation for academically talented students. All undergraduate students, whatever their major, are eligible to apply for admission to the School of Honors.

Please refer to the honors website for an updated list of the many benefits extended to members of the School of Honors, which may include honors coursework, early registration, scholarships, honors housing, designated computer facilities, and educational and cultural activities.

Admission Criteria for the School of Honors

All School of Honors applicants must have clear admission to SFA. Eligibility will be determined using test scores submitted to SFA Admissions and GPAs as calculated by SFA, or at the director’s discretion. Eligible students may apply to the School of Honors by accessing and selecting “Application.”

Incoming freshmen: minimum SAT total score of 1290 (not including writing), or minimum 27 ACT composite score (not including writing).

Transfer students: minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA based on at least 12 transferable credit hours. If applicant has less than 12 transferable credit hours, then incoming freshman admission requirements also may apply. Subject to approval by the director, honors-eligible students may transfer as many as 12 credit hours of honors courses from their former institution(s) into the School of Honors at SFA.

Current SFA students: minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA based on at least 12 credit hours earned at SFA. If applicant has less than 12 earned credit hours, then incoming freshman and/or transfer student admissions requirements also may apply.

Membership in the School of Honors

Once admitted into the School of Honors, students must meet the following conditions to maintain membership:

  1. Earn no fewer than six credit hours of honors coursework each academic year.
  2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  3. Comply with all School of Honors policies and procedures.

Once University Scholar graduation requirements have been met, no additional honors credit must be earned to maintain honors membership. However, honors students must continue to sustain the minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA to maintain membership.

Graduation as a University Scholar

Students graduate with the University Scholar distinction on their bachelor’s degree if they meet the following conditions:

  1. Have full honors membership status in the School of Honors.
  2. Complete 24 credit hours of honors coursework, including 12 credit hours of upper-division honors coursework. Honors courses must result in a minimum GPA of 3.0. No more than two “C” grades and no grade below “C” will count toward honors course requirements.
  3. Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

Students meeting these criteria will have the “University Scholar” distinction noted on their SFA diploma and final SFA transcript; receive a University Scholar diploma certificate and SFA diploma cover; receive Honors graduation cords and University Scholar medallion to wear at the graduation ceremony; and be recognized as a University Scholar in the graduation program.

All honors courses will be designated as such in the student’s final transcript.

Registration by Non-Honors Student for Honors Courses

Permission of a professor and approval by the School of Honors is required for enrollment of non-honors students in honors courses. No more than two honors courses may be taken without formal admission to the School of Honors.

For Further Information

For further information about the SFA School of Honors, review the website at, email at, or call (936) 468-2813.

Also note, individual academic departments offer specialized honors programs for their majors.