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Honors Program

calsccr9calsccr9 57 replies10 threads Junior Member
edited March 2011 in Northeastern University
So I was not accepted into the Honors Program and that wasn't really even a thought in my mind untiI realized I wasn't in it. So I'm just wondering how large the program is and what it takes for one to be accepted. Is it bad that I feel maybe just a little envious? I'm certainly not saying I have a right or anything, I just wish I would've done whatever it is that set those accepted students apart. How much of a difference does it make being in the program? I did receive the Dean's Scholarship though, so that's definitely a plus :)
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  • neuchimieneuchimie 1547 replies15 threads Senior Member
    Usually the entering honors class is around 250, but last year due to intense marketing (and Northeastern's reputation going up) over 500 people accepted their honors offer and got in. Since honors is offered to the top 10% of each accepted group (in each college), it is pretty hard to say what makes you get in and what wouldn't.

    Don't worry about it though. A hefty chunk of people can't keep up the 3.4 gpa required, and plenty of people get accepted into the program after applying during freshman year (you need a 3.6 to get in because they assume your gpa will go down as you take harder upperclassmen classes).

    Honors is certainly worth it if you get in, and I personally have had a really great experience with it. But it's sort of been in ways that really ANYONE could have. For example I've gotten great reqs from my honors classes and from the director because I was a mentor, but you can get reqs from any professor if you put in the effort- I just never felt like it. And honors offers a few scholarships for research or financial need as an upperclassman, but so do the colleges themselves if you bother to look for them.

    People sometimes say that the honors kids are normal until it comes time to do a project or homework or exams, and then they tend to put in the time and effort required more often than non-honors kids do. I guess that may be true, but I knew an honors kid that got a 1.4 gpa his first semester and about half of the people in my first dorm building had to drop out cause of their gpas. So seriously, don't stress about it.
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  • calsccr9calsccr9 57 replies10 threads Junior Member
    So at what point can a freshman apply? I assume after the first semester? I only worry because I've been on that sort of honors track since middle school so I've always kind of had that shallow distinction in school between the "regular kids" (not to sound awful at all) and the honors kids. I just wanted to know if there's a big difference in college as opposed to high school. Are the same classes offered? I know living arrangements are separate.
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  • upstatemomupstatemom 463 replies57 threads Member
    I'd like to know what it really means to be in the honors program? I know they have a special week of orientation before school starts and they live in that great dorm all together. But I can't figure out if they take special honors level classes or what. We were at the meeting for honors students at one of the admitted students' days and besides a few perks, I'm not that clear on the program. What are the "living learning communities?" I read the honors program website and it sounds great but I still can't figure out the details.
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  • calsccr9calsccr9 57 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Living Learning Communities (LLC) aren't just for the Honors students, but all freshman from my understanding. They're basically categorized living based on one's interests. I'd like to know the advantages over traditional living. I would think it'd be nice to meet a variety of people different from what you're used to.
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  • dream2rutgersdream2rutgers 20 replies7 threads New Member
    calsccr9. many people who attend northeastern are intellectual, hardworking students who have been "taking honors" since their middle school and high school career. If you're worried about surrounding yourself around a bunch of dedicated and inspiring students, well don't worry... it'll already be there regardless of the honors program or not. In my personal opinion, the honors program is not a huge thing to stress over if you don't get into it. Afterall, you're already accepted into NeU
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  • neuchimieneuchimie 1547 replies15 threads Senior Member
    LLCs were put into Northeastern because studies have shown that living environments that have an academic background or support group or whatever tends to have higher success in the students.
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  • calsccr9calsccr9 57 replies10 threads Junior Member
    That's a great way to look at it. Thanks!
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