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 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 (cumulative and weighted)
- Old SAT combined score of 1200 (Critical Reading plus Math) or new SAT combined score of 1270 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing plus Math)
- 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 $20,000 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 weighed cumulative high school GPA of 3.9 or higher and a 1300 (Critical Reading plus Math) on the old SAT, 1360 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing plus Math) on the new 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 a highly competitive scholarship with a limited number of awards. It is awarded on a rolling basis after applying to and being accepted into CUI and the Honors Program.
Benefits of the Honors Program
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:
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; this is checked at the end of each academic year. Honors Scholars must do an Honors Investigation, or a President's Academic Showcase, by their junior year. Presidential Honors Scholars need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher; this is checked at the end of each academic year. They must do a President's Academic Showcase by their junior year. Both must also make progress each year toward graduating with distinction as an Honors Associate or an Honors Scholar. Other Honors students without a scholarship in the Honors Program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, which is checked at the end of each academic year. 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 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
|Great Commission Showcase with a professor
||1-3 points each
|Oxford Study Abroad Programme
|Concordia Cambridge Program
||3 points for its Global Cultural Studies minor
|Study Abroad through another program
|Foreign Language: New-to-You (2 semesters)
|Foreign Language: Continuing study of one language at intermediate or advanced college level
||2 points per semester
|Minor outside of the major
||3 points each
|Scholarship & Service Capstone Essay
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. John Lu, Honors Program Director
Phone: (949) 214-3328