Honors students graduate with the distinction of an “Honors Study” degree. The honors experience develops qualities of leadership and service, which often extend beyond the classroom, and which are supported by dynamic faculty, rigorous academic expectations, and a sense of community.

Honors students take many of the same courses as other students, plus three courses specifically designed for students in honors study. With a total of six courses, the honors option provides a multidisciplinary perspective and opportunities to learn outside a traditional classroom setting.

Students on the Grass


Any student with a GPA of 3.0 or 85% or higher is eligible for admission. Students who do not meet the criteria when they enter Cayuga may join after one semester by earning a 3.0 GPA. Once accepted, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.


The Honors sequence complements study in transfer-oriented degree programs, and is designed to fulfill SUNY General Education requirements.

Students must complete a sequence of honors coursework:

  • HON 101 – 1 credit Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • LIB 102 – 1 credit Information Research Skills
  • Three elective courses (see below)
  • HON 202 – 3 credit Honors Seminar Course

Students must complete three elective courses selected from:

  • Courses specifically designated as honors
  • Courses designated as Applied Learning (AL)
  • Travel study courses
  • Students may use one course designated as writing intensive (WI) to satisfy one honors elective.


Honors study is suitable both for first-time college students and for many students who transfer to Cayuga after earning credits elsewhere. Some Honors courses are open to qualified non-Honors students as a way to focus on topics of interest.

In many programs of study, Honors courses will fill General Education requirements and entail no additional coursework. However, for some programs of study with tightly-structured requirements, additional coursework may be necessary. See your degree program page for details.


Acceptance is based on your high school average and your submission of the Honors Study application. Decisions are based on consultation between the Admissions Office and the Honors study coordinators. Once accepted, you must maintain a 3.0-grade point average to continue in the program. If you are interested in Honors study, contact the Admissions Office or an Honors Study coordinator:

Sheila Myers
Auburn Campus

Robert Humphrey
Fulton Campus