The College of ACES James Scholar Honors Program has been opening doors of opportunity and windows of insight for its students for six decades.

Benefits of the ACES James Scholar Program include:

  • Priority registration
  • Qualify to apply to live in the Honors Living Learning Community
  • Unique courses reserved for ACES James Scholars, including ACES 396: Honors Study Abroad Retrospective and ACES 399: Honors Seminar.
  • Scholarships for study abroad and undergraduate research experiences
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year, including a Welcome Dinner for new scholars in September
  • Opportunity to present your original research as a poster display at our annual ACES Undergraduate Research Day in April
  • Access to a specially-designated Honors Advisor in your major department
  • Graduation with James Scholar Distinction from the College of ACES (with a commemorative certificate, an honor cord, bronze medallion, and notation on your final transcript)
  • Two writing competitions each year (fall and spring)
  • Opportunities to contribute to our publications and social media outlets through the James Scholar Activities and Communications Team

Responsibilities of belonging to the ACES James Scholar program include:

  • Maintain a 3.4 GPA
  • Adhere to academic integrity standards in the Student Code of Conduct
  • Be enrolled full time unless otherwise approved by the College of ACES
  • Successfully complete four courses with honors credit before you graduate (one per year)
  • Prepare an Honors Completion Plan (academic road-map) at the start of your junior year

Have Questions?

If you’re interested in learning more about the ACES James Scholar Program, please contact Rob Chappell at rchappel@illinois.edu.