The Sophomore Honors Award was created to encourage students to take full advantage of the opportunities in the Program and to recognize outstanding achievement during the freshman and sophomore years. To be eligible for this award, students (who were freshman prior to F14) must:
- Obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.700, with no grade below a "C" in any course.
- Complete an average of two Honors courses per term during the first four full terms (fall/winter) they are at the University of Michigan, including two terms of Texts and Ideas courses.
- Average 14 credits per term during the first four full terms they are at the University of Michigan.
- Apply for the Award after the conclusion of the sophomore year. Applications are available online and in the Honors Office.
Students are also encouraged to seek out supervised research or small seminar classes where they engage with a reasonably advanced topic.