Benefits of Being a James Scholar in the College of Education

Early Registration
James Scholars are among the first students to register for classes across the campus due to their priority registration status.
Stacks Pass to the Main Library
The stacks pass allows students to pull their own books from the main library as well as study in the stacks. The main library houses more than 14 million titles.
Transcript Notation
James Scholars receive transcript notation for each academic year completed in the program and acknowledges the work completed through the program.
Honors Living Learning Community

James Scholars have the opportunity to live in the campus Honors Living Learning Community  

Program Details

  • Entering freshmen who are in the top 15% of the College of Education admitted applicant pool are invited to participate in the James Scholar Program.
  • Transfer and continuing students who have earned at least 3.50 Institutional and/or Overall grade point averages will be invited to participate in the James Scholars Program in the fall term for the current academic year.
  • The College of Education does not have a self-nomination process.
  • Students must complete a James Scholars Project in the fall and spring semester in order to receive transcript notation for the year.
  • Students must earn a “B-” or better in the fall designated James Scholar course/course related project and earn an Institutional, Term and Overall GPA of 3.5 in order to continue in the James Scholars Program for the spring semester. Note: First semester freshmen who earn an Institutional and Overall GPA of 3.25 during their fall semester are eligible to continue in the spring. This applies only to freshmen for their first semester.
Processing and Certification
  • Students must complete an eHCLA (electronic Honors Credit Learning Agreement).
  • Students who are studying abroad for a full semester can earn automatic James Scholar Credit for that term. Students who complete a short program will be required to present a video at one of two spring James Scholar events in order to earn credit.
  • The James Scholar eHCLA’s deadline for fall semester is October 1. The spring deadline is March 1.
  • Students who have met the James Scholar requirements for fall and spring semesters will be certified a James Scholar for that academic year. This certification will be entered on their transcript.
Commencement and Honor Cord Recognition

The College of Education recognizes the intellectual achievements of James Scholar students. Special James Scholar honor cord recognition is available at the College of Education May commencement ceremony. Eligibility to wear a special James Scholar honor cord at the College of Education commencement is based on the number of academic certifications received. Academic certification is awarded on an annual basis; a student must be a James Scholar both fall and spring to receive academic certification for the year. To receive honor cord recognition, students must:

  • Have been awarded at least three annual James Scholar academic certifications if student began studies at the University of Illinois campus-UIUC.
    • Of the three academic certifications; two semester projects must be research.
  • Have been awarded least two annual James Scholar academic certifications for students who were admitted to the University of Illinois campus as a transfer student.
    • There is no research requirement for transfer students.
  • Participate your senior year (both transfer and UIUC students); it is highly recommended that you participate in the Professional Development Opportunity your final semester during student teaching.