Presidential Scholars – Recognition is given each semester to those students who achieve a grade point average of 3.75 – 4.00 in degree related courses, display outstanding leadership ability, participate in various campus activities, and exhibit exemplary behavior as related to the mission of the College. They are cited as Presidential Scholars.
Dean’s List – Students earning a G.P.A. of 3.00 or better in degree related courses, and no grade below “C” with a cumulative average of at least 2.00, having no failures, and carrying the prescribed semester load or a minimum of 12 semester hours will be eligible for the Dean’s List. Hours earned in the developmental courses are not counted in the 12 semester hours to be eligible for the Dean’s List. No student who takes beyond three (3) semester credit hours in Developmental Courses will be eligible for the Dean’s List.
Who’s Who – Students in good standing with a G.P.A. of 3.00 will be eligible for nomination to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
THE HONORS PROGRAM
The Honors Program at Saint Paul’s College was established to challenge, encourage, and retain outstanding students. Courses offered through the program are designated as Honors Courses on the student’s transcript. Small class sizes provide a greater opportunity for interaction between the faculty and the students. Students enhance their critical thinking skills through intensive reading, writing, research projects, and oral presentations. Honors students have special opportunities to compete for scholarships, to participate in special programs, to study abroad, and to conduct independent research. Honors students form a living-learning community on campus. The Saint Paul’s College Honors Program is a member of the Southern Regional Honors Council.
Criteria For Admission
First year students who score well on the placement tests are admitted to the Program on a provisional basis. To be fully admitted to the program, students must meet the following criteria:
1. Complete application on file with the Director of the Honors Program
2. Satisfactory completion of two SPC honors classes or two semesters of college
3. G.P.A. of 3.2 or above (students with G.P.A.’s of 3.5 or above will be given priority)
4. Good standing with the College
Completion Of The Program
In order to graduate as a member of the Honors Program, students must complete 27 Honors credit hours and graduate with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or above. So as not to interfere with students’ programs of study, many of these credit hours can be filled through Honors sections of general education courses. The remaining hours should be filled through internships and/or independent research in the students’ majors during the junior or senior year. In the case of internships or research, the students’ advisors and Department Chairs should verify that the work is appropriate for honors credit.
Students are encouraged to explore the Honors Program by joining a class or activity. However, students who are not members of the Honors Program may enroll in no more than two semesters of honors classes. Nonmembers will be allowed into honors classes only if they have the Instructor’s permission and there is space in the class.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETIES
Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society – Any traditional student who is registered and in good standing at Saint Paul’s College, who is of junior standing and who has earned not less than sixty percent of credit toward a degree, and who has an overall grade-point average of 3.3 or above, is eligible for membership in the Alpha Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu, a national honor society. A transfer student must earn 30 semester hours at Saint Paul’s College in order to become eligible for election. All college work will be counted in determining the cumulative grade-point average.
Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society – Non traditional members must be matriculated and have a minimum of twenty-four graded semester hours or the equivalent at the institution in an undergraduate degree program. Those students must have a minimum grade index of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent to be eligible for the Chi Beta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, a national honor society. All college work will be counted in determining the cumulative grade-point average.
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society – an international English honor society for students with G.P.A.’s of 3.0 or above who have completed 6 college credits of English literature above the freshman level.
SAINT PAUL’S PERFORMANCE AWARDS
BRIGHT Day – An annual awards event and open house for the Department of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (HBS), occurring on the last day of classes each Spring Semester. The acronym “BRIGHT” stands for “Bringing Recognition and Incentive to Gifted HBS Talent.”
PRAISE Award Event – An annual departmental honors event, whereby students in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are honored for outstanding achievements in the majors in the department. In order to be considered for an award in each discipline, a student must maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better in his/her discipline, and must also be in good academic standing with the College. The acronym “PRAISE” stands for “Providing Realistic Attitude and Incentive for Scientific Excellence.”
REBATE Awards Event – An annual awards event created to recognize excellence in academics and for outstanding service by students in the former Department of Business Administration and Education. REBATE stands for “Recognizing Excellence in Business Administration and Teacher Education.”