General Honors Medal

General Honors Program - Office of Academic Enhancement

Over Five Decades of Excellence

In 1957, the faculty of the University of Miami established the General Honors Program to provide an academically challenging course of study for outstanding students.  The program was later expanded by coordinating Departmental Honors, and graduation with University Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude).  Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for University, General, and/or Departmental Honors are graduated with ‘summa cum laude’, ‘magna cum laude’, ‘cum laude’, ‘General Honors’, and ‘Departmental Honors in…’; the award is noted on the graduate’s diploma and official transcript.

The General Honors Program offers exceptional students an educational opportunity by providing an academically challenging course of study at the University of Miami.  Students must complete the requirements of the General Honors Program in order to be eligible to graduate with General Honors.  The General Honors Program coordinates honors courses and sections each semester. The courses are available in introductory through advanced levels, in a wide variety of fields, and in all colleges and schools of the university.  In general, honors courses are small classes taught as seminars with emphasis on interactive learning and discussion.  Courses designated with honors attribute are determined by the departments in which they are offered, not by the General Honors Program Office.

The Honors Students’ Association, the social and cultural arm of the General Honors Program, provides co-curricular events and programs to enhance the student’s university experience. In collaboration with the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships, the General Honors Program will also work to partner high-achieving undergraduate students with the program and award opportunities that are available for their particular skills and accomplishments.

Students enrolled at the University of Miami in August 2014 and prior may request entrance into the General Honors Program if they have achieved a 3.500 or higher cumulative grade point average and have earned no more than 60 credits toward graduation. Students will be required to submit a resume and a letter (include student number) stating why he/she would like to be a member of the program via e-mail to After review of the material, students will be notified via email. The General Honors Program includes students from all schools and colleges.

The General Honors Program is no longer admitting new students. Students admitted for Fall 2015 may be invited to the Foote Fellows Honors Program. Select incoming students across the schools and colleges will receive invitations to the Foote Fellows Honors Program. For more information about the Foote Fellows Honors Program, please visit:

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