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Students who are accepted into the Honors Program as full members are eligible for various benefits. Not all full members may receive all the benefits available due to the competitive nature of the program (see Select Benefits below).

Benefits available to all students who are members of the Honors Program (including Honors Scholars and provisional members):

  • Enriched non-honors course sections through honors course contracts. Members of the honors program are eligible to create an honors contract with a participating faculty member for enriched honors study and work in a non-honors course section. This allows honors students the opportunity to work closely with faculty, pursue independent study, and experience enriched learning approaches to a traditional course and course content. Contracts are drawn up between the participating faculty member and student. As determined by the participating faculty member, successful fulfillment of the honors course contract for a non-honors course results in an honors designation for that course on the student’s transcript. See the Honors Courses and Honors Contracts [Coming Soon] page for more information on Honors Course Contracts.

  • Meet and greet opportunities. Members of the honors program will have special opportunities to interact with visiting speakers and guests of the college. From speaking engagements to dinners to workshops, students will have opportunities for personalized interaction with special guests and speakers.

  • Information on scholarship opportunities and assistance. The Honors Program staff will actively help identify and promote scholarship opportunities honors members may be particularly qualified for and assist in the application.

Benefits Available to all students who are full members (Honors Scholars) of the Honors Program:

  • Priority enrollment in honors only course sections. While designated honors course sections are open to any NEO student who meets the eligibility standards for enrollment into an honors course, students who are full members of the Honors Program are given priority enrollment to any honors only course section.

  • Early open enrollment for all courses. Full members of the Honors Program, regardless of credit hours completed or attempted, are eligible to enroll in courses on the first day of enrollment for the following semester. This allows full members the opportunity to build their ideal schedule with their ideal instructors.

  • Honors designation at graduation. All full members who graduate from the program will be recognized in commencement materials, and will receive an honors designation on their official transcripts.

  • Participation in regional and national honors councils and events. Full members will have the opportunities to present at and travel to regional and national honors council events, upon successful application and eligibility.

  • Bookstore Discount. All full members of the program receive 10% off bookstore purchases. This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts.

  • Advising and assistance in transferability. The Honors Program staff will actively help advise and inform students on transferring to honors programs at other institutions and assisting with designation of honors credits and courses to transfer institutions.

  • Advising and assistance in enriched learning opportunities and experiences. The Honors Program staff will actively help arrange, advise, and inform honors members of travel opportunities, field trips, and events available to students and assist members in arranging their inclusion and participation in such opportunities.

Benefits available to select students who are full members of the NEO Honors Program in addition to the benefits listed above:

  • Honors scholarships. Select students who are full members of the program, upon application and review, will receive scholarships only available to honors students.

  • Reserved honors housing. Select students who are full members of the program will be eligible, upon application and review, to live in an honors ‘block’ of the newest dorm facility on NEO’s campus.

  • Leadership Retreat fee waived. Select students who are full members of the program will be eligible, upon application and review, to have the cost for the Leadership Retreat waived. The Leadership Retreat is an activity that serves as a component to the Honors Freshman Year Experience Course (a required one credit course for all full time members). Note: the cost of tuition and associated college fees for the one credit course are not waived.