How do I maintain my Honors status?

To remain in good standing in the Program, students must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.2.

The Honors Program will alert all students to status changes through email correspondence.

If a student’s GPA drops below a 3.2, a probation notification will be sent. The student will need to meet the minimum GPA by the end of the following semester

Students must also remain active in the program by completing Honors courses each academic year.

Students must earn a minimum grade of B for Honors courses to be accepted as Honors credits.

Status Definitions


Active status means that the Honors student has met any and all requirements to stay current in the program. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • maintaining an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • taking at least one Honors course annually

Perks of staying active in the program include (but are not limited to):

  • after-hours swipe card access to Hill House (5 p.m. until midnight on normal days— not including holidays or University closing hours),
  • priority registration (registering for courses with the seniors)
  • priority housing at the Honors Residence Hall, Ramsay Hall, with special features including extended quiet hours and a recently renovated study lounge


Inactive means that the student failed to take an Honors course within a year, but still maintained his/her GPA. To regain active status, a student must take another Honors course, and then let the Honors Program Director know that his/her status should be changed to “active” via email (honors@montevallo.edu).


A student is placed on Probation for one semester if his or her GPA drops below a 3.2. The student can still sign up for Honors courses and will retain all other Honors benefits.

If the student’s GPA rises to or above 3.2 the following semester, he or she will regain active status.

If the student’s GPA does not increase to at least a 3.2, he or she will be suspended from the Honors Program.


A student is suspended from the Honors Program when his or her GPA is below a 3.2 for two consecutive semesters. The student loses all Honors privileges and may not register for Honors courses.

If a student raises his or her GPA to or above 3.2 again and wishes to be reinstated, he or she should email honors@montevallo.edu.