Frequently asked questions about James Scholar program requirements
Can I earn more than four honors points per year?
Yes, students can bank points, but not borrow. Students may bank more than four points in a year and that will decrease the number of points required of them in the following year. For example, if in your first year you earn six points, in your sophomore year you only need to earn at least two more to reach the required eight points by the end of your sophomore year.
You cannot, however, earn four points your first year, then two during sophomore year with the intent to earn six points in your junior year.
Even if you are already at the required number of total points for your year or for James Scholar Graduation Honors, you must complete at least one experience worth at least one honors point for each year you are at Illinois.
What happens if I do not meet the GPA requirement?
If at the end of an academic year your Illinois cumulative GPA is below a 3.25 you will be lapse from the LAS James Scholar Program.
If at the end of an academic year your Illinois cumulative GPA is between a 3.25 and a 3.49 AND you completed the additional honors requirements without any issues, you may be granted the opportunity to petition for a probationary semester. If a probationary semester is granted you will have one term to overcome the deficit in your GPA while keeping up with the additional honors requirements. If your GPA is not at a 3.50 or higher at the end of your probationary term, you will be lapse from the program.
What happens if I do not complete the required honors points?
If you did not complete at least two honors points at the end of an academic year, your will be lapse from the LAS James Scholar Program.
If you completed at least two honors points and your Illinois cumulative GPA meets the required 3.50 mark, you may be granted the opportunity to petition for a probationary semester. If a probationary semester is granted you will have one term to overcome the deficit in your honors points while keeping up with points required for the following year and maintaining your GPA. If you do not meet these requirements at the end of your probationary term, you will be lapse from the program.
Are summer experiences eligible for honors points?
No. While we hope you seek out enriching summer experiences as well, only experiences that you complete within fall or spring semesters are eligible for honors points.
I am a new ICT or was newly admitted to the LAS James Scholar Program. How do I fit into the new requirements?
First, be sure you have attended one of the info sessions available to you at the beginning of the semester in which you are entering the LAS James Scholar Program. If you still have questions after attending an info session, schedule an appointment to speak with LAS Honors Staff about the requirements.
I have a question not addressed here. What should I do?
Please contact the College of LAS Honors Office at:
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