March 18, 2016

Reminder: Tier II Subs for the Honors Core

Some of you may recall this email announcement from Fall 2014….

As you begin to prepare your schedules, some of you may be concerned about fitting in the honors core classes (MATH 230, PHYS 215, PHIL 230, honors POLI/INTL 365).  But we have good news!  The Honors College has decided to accept honors sections of Tier II courses in place of the corresponding honors core courses.  This means that if you took (or plan to take) an honors section of a Tier II course such as honors MATH 200, for example, you are not required to take MATH 230.  It is our hope that this will result in less pressure on the honors core classes and will allow you greater flexibility.

Questions you might have….
Where do I find a list of Tier II courses?

Please see your bulletin for a complete list of Tier II courses or click here for this bulletin year’s copy.
What if I have IB/AP or Dual Enrollement Credit for a Tier II course?
Although many of you entered VCU with AP/IB or dual enrollment credit for a Tier II course, these cannot be considered acceptable substitutions for the honors core since they were not honors experiences.
Do I have to fill out a form or any kind of paper to take advantage of this policy?
Nope- this will be done automatically.  The Honors College will submit substitution-waiver forms for anyone who completed an honors Tier II course in place of an honors core course and you will eventually see this reflected in Degree Works after a grade for that class has posted.
What if I converted  a Tier II course into honors through the non-honors-to-honors course contract option?
Currently, we are unable to accept contracted courses as acceptable substitutions to the honors core curriculum. The Tier II course must have been completed as an honors section or variant.

 

The Honors College is pleased to continue this policy and to welcome an additional honors Tier II course to the menu!  Current honors sections of Tier II courses for Fall 2016 include honors PHIL 201 (an appropriate substitution for PHIL 230) and honors STAT 210 (an appropriate substitution for MATH 230).  Please remember that this is subject to change and any additions or changes will be reflected in eServices on on the Honors College website. Contact your honors advisor with questions.

 

 

January 19, 2016

Important Registration Dates

Add/Drop for full-semester courses ends January 25.  Please remember, however, that add/drop dates vary for short courses (such as HONR 399 modules); students can register for or drop a short course through the first day of that particular class. The last day to withdraw from a full-semester course will be Friday, March 25th. The last day to withdraw from a module or short course will also vary: the withdrawal date is the halfway-point of that class’s duration.  

February 13, 2015

Reminder: Exciting Changes to the Honors Curriculum

Remember this email announcement from Fall 2014..?

As you begin to prepare your schedules, some of you may be concerned about fitting in the honors core classes (MATH 230, PHYS 215, PHIL 230, honors POLI/INTL 365).  But we have good news!  The Honors College has decided to accept honors sections of Tier II courses in place of the corresponding honors core courses.  This means that if you took (or plan to take) an honors section of a Tier II course such as honors MATH 200, for example, you are not required to take MATH 230.  It is our hope that this will result in less pressure on the honors core classes and will allow you greater flexibility.

Questions you might have….
Where do I find a list of Tier II courses?

Please see your bulletin for a complete list of Tier II courses or click here for this bulletin year’s copy.

What if I have IB/AP or Dual Enrollment for a Tier II course?

Although many of you entered VCU with AP/IB or dual enrollment credit for a Tier II course, these cannot be considered acceptable substitutions for the honors core since they were not honors experiences.
Do I have to fill out a form or any kind of paper to take advantage of this policy?
Nope- this will be done automatically.  The Honors College will submit substitution-waiver forms for anyone who completed an honors Tier II course in place of an honors core course and you will eventually see this reflected in Degree Works after a grade for that class has posted.
What if I converted  a Tier II course into honors through the non-honors-to-honors course contract option?
Currently, we are unable to accept contracted courses as acceptable substitutions to the honors core curriculum. The Tier II course must have been completed as an honors section or variant.

The Honors College is pleased to continue this policy and to welcome an additional honors Tier II course to the menu!  Current honors sections of Tier II courses for Fall 2015 include honors PHIL 201 (an appropriate substitution for PHIL 230) and honors STAT 210 (an appropriate substitution for MATH 230).  Please remember that this is subject to change and any additions or changes will be reflected in eServices on on the Honors College website. Contact your honors advisor with questions.

 

 

December 18, 2014

Upperclassmen Honors Housing for 2015-16

Believe it or not, it is already time to start thinking about living on campus for the 2015-16 academic year.  We have limited spaces for continuing students in the Honors College residence hall, and there will be no same room selection process for theHonors College for the 15-16 year.  If you are interested in living in the HonorsCollege please read the process below:

1.  If you are interested in living in the Honors College residence hall for the 15-16 year, you will need to sign-up for the Honors College housing lottery.

2.  In order to sign-up for the lottery, you must complete the following honors housing application by Thursday, January 22nd:  http://goo.gl/forms/dTeHbSDtBg

3.  You will be contacted via your VCU email on Friday, January 23rd with your honors housing lottery number.

4.  Honors students may reserve a room on Monday, January 26th in the Honors College residence hall during the time indicated by their lottery number.  The Honors College will use the following schedule to reserve spaces in the HonorsCollege on January 26th:
Numbers 1-20, 10:30am-3:30pm

Numbers 21-40, 12:30-3:30pm
An on campus housing application through the Office of Residential Life and Housing must also be completed in order to complete the sign up process.  More details about this will be included in the email with your honors lottery number.
Also, please note that ALL assignments are final and cannot be cancelled. In addition, you will no longer be able to participate in the VCU general housing lottery.  You will not be able to switch your assignment in the Honors College to another location on campus.

5.  If your lottery number is higher than 40, you can be placed on a waiting list for the Honors College.  Students are strongly urged to apply for alternative on campus housing as rooms are not guaranteed to those on the waiting list.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please contact Mr. Wilson at honorssa@vcu.edu.

August 18, 2011

New Rules at the Honors College Security Desk

The staff at the West Grace Security desk will continue to have all student swipe-in using their VCU ID when they enter the Honors College building. As always, if you are an Honors student, you will be able to access the building and swipe into the Honors Lounge on the first floor where the computer lab and study rooms are available any time.
However, beginning this Fall 2011 semester, if you are coming to the Honors College for a class scheduled in one of the new classrooms upstairs, the rules are slightly different. Those honors students living in the Honors College dorm will simply swipe in. Those Honors students who do not live in the Honors College dorm will swipe in and then leave their VCU ID at the Security Desk and then pick their ID up when they leave. The Security Desk will be keeping a roster of students taking classes upstairs so they can restrict and monitor access to the upstairs residential space.

February 14, 2011

Spring Passport Chenches

Passport Checks Coming Up!
All honors students are required to attend 3 honors seminars every semester in order to be eligible for first-day honors registration. In order to verify active participation, the Honors College checks passports prior to registration each semester. Please bring your passport with at least 3 stamps from Fall 2010 and at least 2 stamps from this Spring. If you are new to the Honors College this semester, you only need to bring your current passport with 2 stamps. Passports will be checked on Thursday, 3/10, from 8:30 am to noon and 12:30 pm to 4 pm and then on Friday, 3/11, from 12:30 pm to 4 pm . You must visit the Honors College on these days and during these times to be eligible for first-day honors registration. These dates, along with the dates of honors registration, are also available on the Honors College website: https://www.pubapps.vcu.edu/honors/staff/calendar/Default.aspx. Contact Ms. Homer at homermk@vcu.edu with any questions or concerns.