Scholarship & Service
The Honors Program at Concordia University Irvine provides highly capable, curious, and accomplished students with special opportunities to pursue their scholarly interests.
In the Honors Program, students and professors investigate and navigate together what life is and what it should be. They wrestle with life’s pressing questions, issues, and problems. They discuss prominent conceptions of truth, goodness, and beauty. They seek solutions to serve the world and secure their neighbor’s welfare.
Honors students have the ability and opportunity to explore broadly and to dig deeply into life with professors and peers. They also have the correlate responsibility to use their minds in insightful and loving ways for others.
The words of Saint Paul in his letter to Christians in Philippi guide us in this academic calling.
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
To qualify for the Honors Program, first-time college students must achieve the following:
- High School GPA of 3.7
- SAT Combined Score 1200 (math and reading/writing)
- ACT score of 27
Students who meet these minimum standards are invited to submit an application to join the Honors Program.
Current CUI students who are similarly academically qualified and motivated may petition into the Honors Program.
International students must meet TOEFL of 92 (IBT)/IELTS above 6.5. Additional documentation may be requested.
As an Honors student my professors challenged me to think deeper and to critically examine what I was learning and how to apply it to my life.
First-time college students who meet the Honors Program’s minimum academic qualifications are invited to apply for the Honors Scholarship, which covers up to $18,000 in tuition each year. This is awarded to qualified students on a rolling basis after applying to and being accepted into CUI and the Honors Program.
Presidential Honors Scholarship
First-time college students with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.9 or higher and a 1300 (math and reading/writing) on the SAT or a 29 on the ACT or higher, are invited to apply for the Presidential Honors Scholarship. This is CUI’s highest academic merit award and covers up to 100% of tuition each year. This is also awarded to qualified students on a rolling basis after applying to and being accepted into CUI and the Honors Program.
Benefits of the Honors Programs
In addition to taking our nationally-recognized Enduring Questions & Ideas (Q&I) curriculum, which one higher education publication has called “an honors program for everybody,” Honors students can:
- Live, study, and serve together with other Honors students and a professor in the Honors Living Learning Community
- Take Honors sections of courses that are smaller, more challenging, and interactive
- Pursue individualized research with a professor for the President’s Academic Showcase or for an Honors Investigation
- Study abroad with the Concordia Cambridge Program in the sophomore year and do research in their major with tutors at Oxford University in the junior or senior year
- Petition to waive overload fees when taking more than 18 units in a semester
The quality of professors and course material helped my faith and intellect grow in new ways.
Good Standing & Graduation Requirements
To remain in good standing in the Honors Program, Honors Scholars must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. Presidential Honors Scholars need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Both must also make satisfactory progress toward graduating with distinction as an Honors Associate or an Honors Scholar. Other Honors students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. They are also encouraged to work toward achieving the distinction of Honors Associate or Honors Scholar.
- Honors Associate
- accumulate 12 points, including one Honors Investigation or President’s Academic Showcase
- Honors Scholar
- accumulate 18 points, including one Honors Investigation or President’s Academic Showcase
Points may be accrued through a combination of Honors points listed below.
Honors Point Menu
|Courses designated or cross listed as H(onors) sections
||2 points each
|Honors Investigations with a professor
||1-3 points each
|President's Academic Showcase with a professor
||1-3 points each
|Oxford Study Abroad Programme
||6 points (3 sources)
|Study Abroad through another program
|Foreign Language: New-to-You (2 semesters), or
|Foreign Language: Continuing study at intermediate or advanced level
||2 points per semester
|Minor outside of the major
||3 points each
I am currently doing an Honor Investigation and it is awesome to be able to dive deeper into something I’m passionate about with one of my professors.
For More Information
Dr. Scott Ashmon, Honors Program Director
Phone: (949) 214-3398