Students at Honors Program students benefit from being part of the Honors community. While each Honors student strives to excel, they are not in competition with each other. Rather, students in each cohort have the opportunity to take several core classes together and develop a positive interdependence with each other. Many Honors Scholars choose to room together in campus housing.
Each student at Southern is paired with an academic advisor who is a professor in the student's major field of study. Students meet with their advisors at least once per semester to plan a schedule of classes for the following term. In addition, each Honors Scholar is advised by one of the Honors Directors, giving them another opportunity to talk about their career goals and their progress in their major and in Honors, and to discuss future opportunities. The Honors Office provides a first point of contact for Honors Scholars, putting them in touch with any campus services that they might require
Because MSSU recognizes the unique needs of Honors Scholars, our students have priority enrollment. This means that they may enroll in classes before the rest of the student body, giving them the opportunity to make a schedule of courses without the worry that the classes they need will be full before they have a chance to enroll.
Every Honors course which is completed with a final grade of A or B is identified as an Honors course on the transcript.
Students who complete the Honors curriculum, maintain a minimum GPA and meet participation and coursework requirements (including 26 credit hours of Honors courses) become Honors Program Graduates.
Honors Program Graduates receive special recognition at Commencement. The green honor cords are one of three recognized in the program and the ceremony--the other two being gold (Alpha Chi) and braided blue, black and white (Omicron Delta Kappa). Honors Program Graduates are noted as such on their official transcript and have a special seal affixed to their diploma.