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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. - 7:30 p.m.
University of Houston
Registration is closed.

Registration will close on March 25 or when all spaces are filled

The Scholars Invitational is an early orientation 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 Freshman Orientation.

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.

The University Honors curriculum requires the completion of 36 Honors designated credit hours, including:

A. Human Situation sequence, 10 credit hours:

  • Antiquity (6 hours, fall semester)
  • Modernity (4 hours, spring semester)

B. Other University Core Curriculum, 9 Honors credit hours:

  • 3 hrs Honors American Government (POLS 1336 or POLS 1337)
  • 3 hrs Honors American History (HIST 1377 or HIST 1378)
  • 3 hrs Honors Core Social and Behavioral Science
  • An Honors requirement in this category is waived if a student completed that core requirement prior to joining the Honors College.

C. Honors Colloquium, 3 credit hours:

  • 3 hrs from a selection of courses designated as Honors Colloquia, or three credit hours from the six credit hour Senior Honors Thesis sequence.

D. Additional Honors credit, 14 credit hours:

  • Classes offered with the Honors designation or petitioned for Honors credit, from any discipline, to bring the total Honors credits to 36 hours.

E. Non-Honors credit requirements:

  • 1 hr Natural Science lab
  • 3 hrs credit for (or placement beyond) elementary functions level mathematics, i.e. MATH 1314, 1330, or 2311.