The Honors Council will admit first-year students over the course of an academic year. The Council will admit incoming first-year students in consultation with the Admissions Office during the spring semester Skidmore application process.
Admission to the Forum: All Students
As attrition from Forum membership in each class occurs, the Council will accept applications from all other students each May. Any student who has a cumulative GPA of 3.50 may apply for admission to the Forum. The Council, Admissions and other support staff will endeavor to keep the size of the membership of the Honors Forum to 10% of the total Skidmore enrollment. Students must maintain their membership on a yearly basis by doing the following:
- Maintain a term GPA of 3.50 or better as a full-time student. Honors Forum students who fail to maintain a 3.50 GPA for two semesters lose Honors Forum membership.
- Maintain exemplary academic and social integrity.
- Complete a minimum of 3 Honors Forum courses, not including HF101- Honors Forum Colloquium by the end of the third year of Honors Forum membership and a capstone in the major in the senior year or other senior capstone experience (capstone course, thesis, project, performance, or other advanced project defined by the student's major department, or by the student and a faculty advisor, and approved in advance by the Honors Council as an appropriate culmination of the Honors Forum program). Certain courses will be eligible automatically (e.g., all department/program-based experiences that make a student eligible for honors in the major). The capstone will typically earn three or four honors credits during the senior year. With departmental support, students may petition the Honors Council for 1-4 honors credits for an off-campus academic experience such as might occur during study abroad.
- Engage in Forum events during the academic year (students submit a reapplication form to the Honors Council and Executive Committee at the end of each academic year; the Honor Code applies).