Honors Qualifications

Carolyn M. Small Honors Program

Apply to the Honors Program

Admissions Guidelines

Incoming Freshman

  • Achieve BOTH of the following:
    • ACT composite score 25 or higher
    • High school cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0
  • Complete and submit application for admission

 Transfer Students

  • Transfer cumulative GPA of 3.5/.4.0
  • Complete and submit application for admission

Current Students

  • Defiance College cumulative GPA of 3.25/.4.0
  • Complete and submit application for admission
    Note: Current students may only enter the program before the end of fall semester of their junior year.


Requirements for Continued Membership

Freshman Year

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0
  • Participate in the Honors section of FYE 100 College Engagement Seminar (unless waived)
  • Maintain sixty percent attendance and participation at meetings and required events over the academic year
  • Enroll in the Honors Seminar in the spring semester (1 credit hour) (optional)
  • Attend the annual McMaster Symposium and Academic  Colloquium

Sophomore Year

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0
  • Maintain sixty percent attendance and participation at meetings and required events over the academic year
  • Enroll in Honors  Seminars fall and spring semesters (1 credit hour/semester) (optional)
  • Present at the annual McMaster Symposium and Academic Colloquium

Junior Year

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0
  • Maintain sixty percent attendance and participation at meetings and required events over the academic year
  • Successfully complete a miniumum of two Honors Option Courses during fall and spring semesters
  • Present at the annual McMaster Symposium and Academic Colloquium

Senior Year

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0
  • Maintain sixty percent attendance and participation at meetings and required events over the academic year
  • Sucessfully complete a minimum of two Honors Option Courses during fall and spring semesters
  • Present at the annual McMaster Symposium and Academic Colloquium


Graduation as an Honors Scholar

Honors Scholars who complete the entire program requirements will be recognized as Carolyn M. Small Honor Scholars during Honors Convocation and the graduation ceremony.  Short biographies of all graduating members of the Carolyn M. Small Honors Program will be featured in the Commencement Program to recognize their excellent achievement during their time at Defiance College