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Honors Program


The Rose State College Honors Program is designed to stimulate and challenge academically talented students. By enrolling in honors courses, talented and motivated students can develop their intellectual potential and, at the same time, become active members of their academic community. We have an excellent new facility just for our Honors students in the Fine Arts Building. Come by and visit. The Rose State College Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Great Plains Honors Council.

Proof of academic excellence is the first step for acceptance into the Honors Program. Students will be admitted if they meet one of the following:

  • 3.5 cumulative GPA in high school
  • ACT of 27 or equivalent score on the SAT or CPT
  • Demonstration of special skills or awards which provide evidence of the ability to do Honors work (as approved by the Honors Committee)
  • Completion of two Rose State College Honors classes with an A or B

Students must apply to enter the Honors Program and may do so at the beginning of any semester. To remain in the Program, students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.

Honors Program Handbook (PDF)

Honors Classes

Each semester several honors classes will be offered, usually in courses which meet general education requirements. These classes will offer greater depth than regular sections of the same course as well as more classroom interaction. (The classes are also opened to any interested student.)

Honors Contracts

Students may contract with faculty members in certain academic courses. The contracts are designed as extensions to the regular scheduled courses and, if completed satisfactorily, will earn honors credit for a non-honors class. In completing the contract, students meet on a scheduled basis with the instructor. The contract may include reading and writing assignments, expanded field or laboratory work, and research papers or other designated projects. Click on Honors Contracts at left to learn more.

Honors Lecture Series

Most semesters the Rose State Honors Program hosts a series of public lectures funded by the Don Reynolds Lectureship Endowment.  Students may contract with a professor to view these lectures and then complete a designated number of written critical responses to the presentations for honors in that professor’s class. Click on Lecture Series Honors at left to learn more.

Scholarships & Awards

A number of scholarships are available to students in the Rose State Honors Program. Details of awards and application procedures for scholarships are available from the Honors Director. Click on Scholarships & Awards at left to learn more.

Why Participate?

• Opportunity for greater personal growth
• Opportunity for greater depth in areas of interest
• Opportunity for greater transcript and resume impact
• Opportunity for transfer into university honors program
• Opportunity for peer and professor interaction

CONTACT: Professor Kevin Caliendo, FA 117,

Kevin Caliendo
Kevin Caliendo
Professor Humanities Division
(405) 733-7512

Graduating With Honors

Students may elect to be involved in any part of the Honors Program; however, to graduate "With Honors", students must:

  • Apply and be admitted to the Program
  • Meet all requirements for a two-year degree with a 3.5 or higher GPA
  • Earn at least 12 Honors credit hours at Rose State College
  • Earn A's or B's in all classes taken for Honors credit at Rose State College
  • Submit an annotated resume of all Honors work to the Honors Committee

All courses successfully completed under the Rose State College Honors Program will have the letter grade and honors credit noted on the transcript.

Forms & Applications

Honors Program Application
Honors Scholarship Application
Honors Contract
Great Issues Honors Contract
Outstanding Honors Contract Award Nomination
Outstanding Honors Mentor Award Nomination
Honors Program Book Loan Request