First-Year Student Requirements

First-Year Student requirements apply to all first-time undergraduate students, regardless of academic standing from AP or IB credits, with the exception of transfer students. To obtain certification for being a James Scholar student in your first year, you must:

  • Attain a 3.50 UIUC GPA in the fall semester of your first year.
  • ​​Submit a Semester Plan each fall and spring semester through the James Scholar Portal.

Along with the above, either one of the following activities must be complete before the end of the spring semester:

  • Honors section of any course. The course description should have "Honors" in the title (i.e. Honors Project or Honors Seminar), or be a designated Campus Honors Program (CHP) course.
  • Honors Credit Learning Agreement (HCLA) for courses of at least one credit hour.  Pass/fail courses may not be used for honors recognition.

Students completing the above requirements before entering the James Scholar Program will be accepted only for the first year provided they outline the completed requirements in their application and they are admitted into the program.