Southern Oregon University will establish an Honors College on its campus at the beginning of the 2013 academic year, university officials have announced.

Southern Oregon University will establish an Honors College on its campus at the beginning of the 2013 academic year, university officials have announced.

Twenty-five students a year will be accepted into the school, which will require its students to take honors courses in place of general education classes, SOU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Klein said.

Applications of those interested in enrolling with the new college will be accepted after Sept. 1, he said.

A high school GPA of 3.75, SAT score of 1,200 and an ACT score of 27 are required for students entering, but special exceptions will be made for students who stand out in other ways, he said. (Correction: The GPA requirement has been updated in this story, based on new information from university officials.)

The cost per credit will be the same for honors students, who will have the ability to combine majors and earn degrees in any major the school currently offers, Klein said.

The new college will be housed in existing buildings and its courses will be taught by SOU professors.

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