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Lower Division Honors Program Freshmen & Sophomores

The Lower Division Honors Program provides freshmen and sophomore students in all academic majors with value-added educational experiences. Academic components of the program strengthen exploration and communication skills through interdisciplinary assignments presentations, and discussion. All freshmen who are admitted to the lower division program are considered for merit-based academic scholarships. These are most often awarded as SUNY-ESF Presidential Scholarships or National Scholarships and require meeting performance targets for continuation.


Admission to the program is extremely selective. Primary consideration is given to a student's academic record with a minimum expectation of combined reading and mathematics SAT score of 1250 or higher, or an ACT equivalent composite score of 28 or higher, a high school grade point average of 92% or higher, and high school class rank in the top 20% (where rankings are available). Please note that these are minimum requirements and that the typical student admitted to Honors exceeds these requirements. The College strives to admit no more than 30 first-year students to the program each year. As a result, otherwise qualified students may not receive an initial invitation but will be invited, or may apply, later in their careers. Lower division honors students are eligible to enroll in LD Honors courses at ESF and SU.

Program Requirements

Students are admitted as first-year students (fall admission), are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.500, and complete the following coursework during the freshman year:

  • Honors Seminar in Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF 109, 1 credit)

Academic Standing

Students who maintain good standing in honors will receive early Registration privileges and access to honors sections of courses offered at Syracuse University and ESF. Honors students will be deemed "in good standing in honors" when they demonstrate steady progress in fulfilling honors requirements and a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher. Students who are not in good standing in honors will be informed in writing.