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Scholars Invitational

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Houston!

You are cordially invited to attend

The Scholars Invitational 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
University of Houston
Registration will open February 18, 2019 

Registration will close on April 5 or when all spaces are filled

The Scholars Invitational is an early orientation conference specifically designed for select incoming Honors College students. At this event, invited students meet with advisors from both the college of their major and the Honors College, have AP scores reviewed, create and enroll in the first semester class schedule, meet future Honors classmates, pre-register for the Honors Retreat, and tour the University of Houston campus. Attending the Scholars Invitational meets the University's requirement of attendance at a New Student Orientation for freshmen. 

Students will be invited to participate in this event via email. Space at the Scholars Invitational is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis so please RSVP (via the link in the email you received) at your earliest convenience. For more information, email The Honors College at or call (713) 743-9010.

You will find the links below helpful in preparing for the Scholars Invitational:


All students are required to take a math placement exam prior to attending the Scholars Invitational. The exam determines the mathematics course in which you will enroll. Your SAT scores will not exempt you from taking the math placement exam. This is a great opportunity for you to take your math placement exam online, at home and at your convenience.

Honors College advisors require you to take the math placement exam PRIOR to attending the Scholars Invitational.

  • Where do I go on-line to take the exam?

Log into Casa and register as a new user.

  • There are 2 placement exams. Which one do I take?

The Honors advising staff recommends that you take the placement level best suited to your experience level and your major. Our recommendations are as follows:

For Placement into MATH 1431
Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering (all disciplines), Math, Physics

For Placement into MATH 1314 & 1330
Architecture, Business, Education,
 Hotel & Restaurant Management, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences majors not listed above, Social Sciences, and Technology

There is no placement exam to go into MATH 1310, 1311, 1312, 1313, or 2311. Students simply need a satisfactory score on whatever exam is used for the TSI exemption. 

  • Are practice questions available?

    Yes. The CASA website, which administers the math placement exams, contains detailed practice problems, tailored to the subject matter of each placement test.
  • I'm taking the Calculus AP exam (AB or BC) in May. Do I need to take the placement test?

Yes. Although a passing score on the AP exam will earn you college credit, we won't know your score until July (and you may elect not to take the credit). In the meantime, we recommend you take the placement exam.

  • I have already taken college math at my community college. Do I have to take the placement test?

No, but you will need to log into the CASA website and attempt an exam so that you can register for orientation. (To do this, begin an exam and then submit it without responding to any of the questions.) We should be able to determine your next math course based on your previous work.

  • If I fail the Placement Exam, can I retake it?

Yes, you can have up to two attempts on any math placement exam. But take the exam seriously the first time. Review the practice problems and ensure that you have adequate time to devote to taking the test before you sit down to take it. The Math Department will accept the higher of the two placement exam scores.

  • Should I bring my Math Placement exam score with me to Scholars Invitational?

Yes. Please know we will be verifying that students have taken the exam through the CASA website in the week prior to the Scholars Invitational.

Honors Housing

Honors Housing is located in Cougar Village I and in Cougar Place. If you are planning to live on campus this fall, you must submit an application for Honors housing directly to the Housing Services office. You can do this by applying online. Please note: checking the box indicating your preference for Honors housing on the Honors College application for admission does not constitute an application for housing.

Honors Curriculum

Core Curriculum Requirements

Students who are accepted into the Honors College after completing university course work at University of Houston or another institution are not necessarily bound by the following requirements. Through individual advising consultations, Honors College academic advisors will assist students in determining the best options to satisfy Honors core curriculum requirements.

English and Humanities

  • Honors students deepen their understanding of subjects by taking one of several selected advanced courses: the Honors Colloquium.

    Complete three semester hours in an approved Honors Colloquium at the 3000- or 4000-level. The Honors College offers at least ten (10) colloquia each semester, selecting them from among faculty proposals on the basis of academic challenge, interdisciplinary approach, and ability to make students active partners in the learning process.

  • For graduation with University Honors and Honors in Major, students must complete a Senior Honors Thesis. The Senior Honors Thesis is the culmination of a student's work in the major field of study. The thesis typically carries six hours of honors credit and, for some majors, can fulfill the degree requirement of a minor.

Social Sciences

  • Complete three hours of social sciences in courses approved for the University core curriculum. This three hour course should be in an Honors section.

Foreign Language

  • Complete six hours at the 2000-level or above in a foreign language, either modern or classical, with a 3.00 grade point average. Because not all colleges on campus require a foreign language as part of the degree, students should complete this requirement to the extent possible without adding hours to the degree plan.

Meeting the Upper - Division Requirements

Note: A student may take two graduate courses to fulfill the Senior Honors Thesis requirement with prior approval of the dean or associate dean of the Honors College and the student's undergraduate advisor or chair of the major department. These graduate courses must involve substantial research and writing. The student's work must be submitted to the Honors College before university Honors credit will be granted.

  • Complete six hours in courses that count toward the University core requirement in natural sciences, plus at least one hour of laboratory with these courses.
  • Complete six hours satisfying the University core requirement in mathematics/reasoning courses. Honors students must demonstrate a proficiency in mathematics at the elementary functions level or higher. Elementary functions courses include MATH 1314, 1330, and 2311. Proficiency may be demonstrated by testing or by coursework.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Complete six hours satisfying the University requirement in American history, including at least three hours in an Honors section (HIST 1377H, HIST 1378H, or an approved 3000- or 4000-level Honors course in American history).
  • Complete six hours satisfying the University requirement in political science by successfully completing POLS 1336H and three hours of advanced political science credit from the subfields of: public administration, public law, and American politics, or from POLS 3331, 3349, 4361, and 4366.

American Studies

  • Complete the six-hour course, The Human Situation I: Antiquity, three hours of which count toward the university requirement in communication, and three of which count toward humanities.

  • Complete the four-hour sequel, The Human Situation II: Modernity.