Calhoun Honors College

Current CU Students

The Honors College welcomes applications to the Calhoun Honors College from students currently enrolled at Clemson who are NOT members of the Honors College.  Applications are accepted during both the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible for admission, current students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher by the end of the semester in which they apply.  


HONORS FEE - There is a $500 per semester fee.

Please read carefully to select the correct application to submit.

  • There are two types of programs current students can pursue as an accepted member of the Honors College: General Honors and Departmental Honors.
  • You can pursue General Honors, Departmental, or you can pursue both General & Departmental Honors.
  • Please refer to the Student Handbook ( for ALL the requirements and policies for each program before submitting the appropriate application.


Important- Please read the information below about the different Honors distinctions so you will submit the correct application!

If you want to pursue:

 1.  General Honors: Application for Continuing Students -

The main purpose of General Honors is to broaden the student’s intellectual perspectives. Students are encouraged to take honors courses in many different areas of study. Most of the courses you will take for General Honors are 1000-2000 level courses that satisfy the university’s General Education requirements or serve as introductory courses in your major.  Typically, students take most of their General Honors courses during the freshman and sophomore years, although many students enroll in General Honors courses as juniors and seniors.

For more information about General Honors curriculum/policies please visit the General Honors section of the Honors Student Handbook found here

2.  Departmental Honors: Application for Continuing Students -

The purpose of Departmental Honors is to provide students a unique opportunity to do an advanced, in-depth study or project, thesis research, or a combination, within their major academic disciplines. Normally, Departmental Honors is completed during your junior and senior years, or at the point in your curriculum where you are ready to pursue Departmental Honors courses at the 3000 - 4000 level.  It is required that applicants independently contact the academic department in which you wish to pursue Departmental Honors to discuss possible opportunities and an appropriate proposed faculty mentor BEFORE you submit your Honors application.  You will be asked to identify your *academic department contact within the Departmental Honors application. Students who are accepted for membership in the Honors College to pursue Departmental Honors are admitted at the discretion of the academic department.

*Academic Department Contacts - if you do not know your academic department contact, please email Katie Maxwell at

For more information about Departmental Honors curriculum/policies please visit the Departmental Honors section of the Honors Student Handbook found here

 3.  BOTH General Honors AND Departmental Honors: Application for Continuing Students -


Important - If admitted, you are required to attend an Honors mandatory meeting. Please attend the meeting for the program track you applied for.

To enroll: Application opens: Application due: Students notified: Mandatory Meeting: Time:
Fall  March 1 April 15* May 10 August 22


Spring October 1 December 1* December 20 January 10

General Honors:


Departmental Honors:


*Both meetings will be held in the Great Hall in the Honors Center which is located on the 1st floor of Core Campus.

 *Applications for Departmental Honors submitted after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis and at the discretion of the department. To ensure that your application will be reviewed, you must submit by the deadline. General Honors applicants must apply by the deadline, late applications will not be considered for General Honors.


Please contact Katie Maxwell at or call 864-656-4762 if you have any questions about the application process.