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University Honors Program

Early Registration

Eligibility Requirements

Honors students are among the most active students on Campus. They often carry the maximum number of credits, participate actively in the intellectual and artistic life of the university, pursue independent research, hold leadership positions on campus and are involved in many community groups and activities. To enable them to maintain their high level of engagement and still pursue a rigorous course of academic study, the University has granted honors students the privilege of early enrollment dates. To be eligible for early enrollment, honors students must meet all of the following requirements:

  • have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher
  • have a grade point average of 3.3 or higher in their honors courses
  • have a plan of study on file in the Honors Program Office and update it every semester
  • participate in honors advising at least once every calendar year
  • participate in advising in their academic major at least once every semester
  • make satisfactory progress towards the completion requirements for the Honors Program.
       (to make satisfactory progress, a student must have completed an honors course within
       the two previous semesters or be enrolled in an honors course during the current semester.)
  • Click here for detailed instructions and a Plan of Study form.


    Announcing: Spring 2014 courses!


    CONGRATULATIONS to the following students:


    Alyssa Neill, '14, a Nutrition & Dietetics major and Honors student was one of only 61 juniors nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship in 2013. Selected for her academic achievement, leadership ability and commitment to a career in public service, Alyssa received a $30,000 scholarship for graduate study, attended a Truman leadership institute, and has joined the ranks of a global network of Truman Scholars. Read more in the URI Press Release.

    Juniors Christopher Bobba (Chemical Engineering/Biological Sciences) and Russell Dauksis (Marine Biology) who have been named as Goldwater Scholars, and to Farid Topchiev (Chemical Engineering and German) who has received a Goldwater Honorable Mention! See their URI Press release to learn more.

    Brian Stack (senior History/Philosophy) who has received a prestigious Humanity in Action Fellowship!

    URI Honors Student Megan O'Brien has been awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholarship to Iceland. Read more about Meghan's story here, and follow her blog!

    Brittany O'Brien has been awarded a 2012 National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Kenya for the fall semester. Brittany has also been granted an NSEP African Languages Initiative Summer Supplement to study Swahili at the University of Florida prior to her departure.

    These six URI sophomores who won Hollings Scholarships from NOAA this year: Michael Canton, Eilea Knotts, Sarah Merolla, Benjamin Sevey, Callie Veelenturf and Brenton Wallin. Read more in their URI Press Release.

    Farid Topchiev, who has been awarded two prestigious scholarships to study in Germany - the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship and the Whitaker Undergraduate Scholarship!










    Honors Director:
    Lynne Derbyshire, 401.874.4732

    Associate Director:
    Cheryl Foster, 401.874.4022

    Associate Director:
    Carolyn Hames, 401.874.2813

    Assistant Director:
    Kathleen Maher, 401.874.5875

    Program Coordinator:
    Deborah Gardiner, 401.874.2303


    Program Specialist:
    Caitlin Green, 401.874.9483

    General inquiries: