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. The University of Florida requires that students participate in a university-approved honors program in order to graduate with honors.

Senior B.S.N. students with a College of Nursing GPA of 3.7 may apply for the honors program. The honors program provides the opportunity to complete a thesis, project, quality-improvement project or an educational module in association with faculty mentors. An honors seminars course is required. The presentation of an honors project and a final GPA commensurate with university guidelines are required for graduating with honors.

Applications for the honors program are due at the end of the spring semester of the junior year. Specific dates will be posted and announced.

Program Description and Criteria


College of Nursing GPA of 3.7, calculated from the first semester of entry into the College of Nursing, will be the minimum requirement for entrance into the honors program. Students are expected to identify a CON faculty mentor prior to application.

Prior to Applying

Students seeking entry into the honors program will need to identify a project and a mentor available to participate. Applicants are expected to make contact with potential mentors and discuss expectations.

Application | Honors Application

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.


Students who are notified of acceptance into the honors program should confirm their faculty mentor during the summer and fall semester of their senior year and begin work on their honors project. They will be reminded in the fall to register for the spring NUR 4935: Honors Seminar in Nursing course.

Course Design

Students will be working on a project that can take the form of 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 makes recommended revisions. All honors students will arrange for dissemination of their honor project at a specified annual public university/college event.

The honors subcommittee will review all completed theses for approval. The student may be asked to clarify certain aspects of the thesis at the discretion of the committee. The decision of the committee related to the successful completion of the thesis will be based on a simple majority.

Upon receipt of and response to recommendations and corrections, student submits paper in an electronic format to the College of Nursing Office of Academic and Student Affairs. One electronic copy must also be submitted to the University of Florida Honors Office for Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude designation.


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.