- AP, IB, and recognized credits taken by students entering the Honors College as transfers are exempt from the following rules, and are counted toward graduation without the need to petition. AP, IB and transfer credits for Honors College courses that satisfy the Honors Core or a concentration requirement can be used to satisfy the Core or concentration requirement without the need to petition. However, AP, IB and transfer credits for courses that are not identical to Honors College courses that satisfy the core or a concentration requirement can be used to satisfy the Honors Core or a concentration requirement only by petition. Students must establish that the course fulfills the requirements of the Core or the concentration.
- Courses above and beyond what are applied to the 120-credit requirement for graduation are exempt.
- Non-HC courses used as electives and not for core or concentration requirements do not require a petition so long as the 15% rule (below) is met, but must have advisor approval. Honors College Scholarship policy requires that students must be enrolled in a minium of 24 credits of Honors College courses during the Fall/Spring semesters of an academic year. To count a non-HC course towards these 24 credits requires approval of the advisor and compliance with the rules in section 5, below.
- No more than 15% of the credits taken to satisfy the 120-credit requirement, less AP, IB, and transfer credits, may be taken outside the Honors College without permission of the Dean. Example: a student with 30 credits from AP courses who graduates with 120 credits exactly can take no more than 15% of 90 credits or 13.5 credits outside the HC without permission of the Dean.
- In determining whether a petition is approved, the petitions committee will adhere to the following rules:
- Students may not take non-Honors college courses that are substantially similar in content to or identical to courses that they have the opportunity to take at the Honors College (AP, IB and transfer credits are exempt from this rule).
- Where a course is offered at the Honors College but not at a time when the student can reasonably take this course, a student may take a non-Honors College version of the course.
- Petitions will be accepted only with the approval of the student's advisor.