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University Honors Program

Eligibility and Enrollment Procedures

  • Continuing URI students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher are eligible to register for honors courses without permission numbers. For students who entered the University before fall of 2010, the GPA requirement is 3.20.
    Continuing URI students with a GPA between 3.00 and 3.29 may register for honors courses with the permission of the instructor. Please contact the instructor for a permission number.
  • Incoming transfer students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher are also eligible to register for honors courses. Because they have not yet established a GPA at URI, they will need to contact the Honors Program or call 874-2303 for a permission number.
  • Incoming freshmen  Beginning in the Fall of 2013, incoming freshmen will be eligible to take honors courses if they have a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or higher from their high school and a combined score of 1100 or higher on the critical reading and mathematics portions of the SAT exam (or a minimum ACT composite score of 24).
  • Continuing education students without a recent high school transcript should contact the Honors Program and make an appointment to discuss eligibility.
  • Other students who do not meet the eligibility criteria but are interested in the Honors Program should discuss their eligibility with Honors Director Richard McIntyre.
If you encounter problems registering, please contact the Honors Program or call 874-2303.

Important Note

  • First-semester freshmen and first-semester transfer students will need permission numbers to register for honors courses for their second-semester at URI. Please contact the Honors Program or call 874-2303 for your permission number.


Congratulations, accepted students!

Notifications of Honors eligibility will be emailed mid-February.




Morgan Breene, '14, an Anthropology and History major who earned a highly prestigious Marshall Scholarship to continue her studies of underwater archaeological sites in the UK. (Watch this short video to learn more!)

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.

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!












General inquiries:

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

Honors Lecturer/Advisor:

Nancy Caronia, 401.874.2267

Pre-Health Lecturer/Advisor:

Brian Clinton, 401.874.2576