Simply put, our mission is to promote academic excellence and intellectual rigor across the campus. Through the Honors Program, we seek to attract and retain academically motivated students to Green Mountain College and provide them with an enhanced learning experience. The program is dedicated to building community among honors students, thus creating an inviting environment that promotes intellectual curiosity and the aggressive pursuit of knowledge.
Green Mountain College’s Honors Program is organized around our innovative Environmental Liberal Arts (ELA) curriculum. Honors students register for the Honors section of the four ELA core courses. These sections are specifically designed and taught for Honors students, allowing students to delve deeply into course material and challenge themselves with difficult and important issues. In addition, Honors students register for honors sections of ELA distribution courses and independent projects such that the total honors credit coursework completed in the Honors program equals 24 credits. Exceptions will be made for students who are not admitted to the honors program as freshman – sophomores will be required to complete 12 honors credits, juniors and seniors will be required to complete 6 honors credits. Progressive Students will only be required to complete the Honors sections of the ELA core courses.
Additionally, Honors students have opportunities to participate in Honors seminars throughout their college career, and are by special invitation included in select college functions, including meetings and dinners with visiting speakers and dignitaries. Honors students may also elect to apply to the Honors Floor, a special section of housing reserved for program participants that includes study rooms and facilities.
The Honors Certificate
Students who complete all requirements of the College Honor Program, while maintaining an overall grade point average of 3.30 or higher, will be awarded an Honors Certificate recognizing their special academic achievement. In addition, both your College diploma and your official transcript will note your successful completion of work required for College Honors.
The Honors Society
All students admitted into the College Honors Program automatically receive membership in the College Honors Society. The Honors Society also gives you opportunities to interact socially and on special projects with other students whose ability and initiative match your own.