Honors Program

The honors program at the University of Florida College of Nursing provides a unique and challenging experience for traditional B.S.N. students who have exhibited exceptional academic ability and to recognize academic excellence.

Incoming senior BSN students who anticipate graduating with a College of Nursing GPA of 3.7 may apply for the Honors Program. The Honors Program provides opportunity to complete a project culminating in a formal thesis under the supervision of a faculty mentor. A three credit honors seminar course (NUR 4935) is required in the spring semester of the senior year.  The presentation of the honors project, submission of the thesis to the University Library Repository, and a final GPA commensurate with University guidelines are required for graduating with honors.

Program Description and Criteria


College of Nursing GPA of 3.6 calculated from the first semester of entry into the College of Nursing through the end of sixth semester courses will be the minimum requirement for application to the Honors Program.

Prior to Applying

Students seeking entry into the honors program will need to identify an area of interest for developing a project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.


Students usually apply for acceptance into the honors program at the end of the junior year. Grade point averages will be verified after the end of the semester. Spring 2021 Nursing Honors Program Application


Students who are accepted into the honors program will be assigned to a faculty mentor. Students should contact their assigned faculty mentor during the summer to discuss the project and expectations. Work on the honors project will start fall semester of the senior year.

Course Design

Students will be working on a project that can take the form of a thesis, clinical, service, quality improvement, or educational module. It needs to have a written component summarizing the project. Upon completion of the project, the student will submit the paper to the faculty mentor.

The faculty mentor will then review it and make comments and/or suggested edits. Students then make recommended revisions and submit the accepted version to the Director of the Honors Program. All honors students will arrange for the dissemination of their honor project at a specified annual public university/college event.

The final version of the paper will be submitted in an electronic format acceptable by the UF George A. Smathers Libraries. All students must submit the final, approved thesis to the Institutional Repository (IR@UF). The honors subcommittee will review all completed theses for approval.


Summa Cum Laude

  • GPA 3.90 – 4.00 GPA in all upper-division nursing courses.

Magna Cum Laude

  • GPA 3.80 – 3.89 GPA in all upper-division nursing courses.

Cum Laude

  • GPA 3.70 – 3.79 GPA in all upper-division nursing courses.