One of the benefits of being a student in the Honors College is having access to our Course of Study Planner. This honors-only tool can help you plan how you will earn your honors diploma as an enhancement and extension of your Virginia Tech degree. The resources on this page can help you in any stage of your planner creation: check out the Undergraduate Course Catalog to see all of the classes available to you at Tech, or use our Honors Credit Tally Sheet to make sure you are on track to graduate with an honors diploma. Remember that your planner should be a work in progress until you graduate, so revisit it often as you learn about new opportunities.

As one of two requirements to enter the GPA Flex Period, every Honors College student is expected to receive approval on their Course of Study Planner (COSP) by the end of their first semester in Honors. COSP approval is a two-step process:


  • + Step One: Pick Up & First Draft

    Students should pick up their COSP in 130 Hillcrest Hall at the beginning of their first semester in the Honors College.


    After receiving the planner, students create a first draft of their honors-enhanced plan of study. The planner itself provides instruction, but further resources are available on the Earning an Honors Laureate Diploma and COSP pages of the Honors College website. Students may also set up an appointment with the Honors Peer Advising Center if they have questions at any time during this process.

  • + Step Two: Approval

    Students must set up an appointment with the Honors Peer Advising Center to have the first draft of their COSP approved. During this appointment, the student and a Peer Advisor will discuss the draft, ensure that the plan has met honors diploma requirements, and discuss any lingering questions. If the draft is complete and meets diploma requirements, the planner will be approved and the student will be one step closer to the GPA Flex Period.


    If the planner does not meet diploma requirements or if it is otherwise incomplete, the Peer Advisor will help the student develop a revision plan and set up a follow-up appointment if necessary. Some revisions can be made in the original appointment; other revisions will require a follow-up appointment for approval. We suggest that students set up their COSP approval appointment with the Honors Peer Advising Center early in the first semester in Honors in case the approval process stretches over more than one appointment.

Virginia Tech Honors College, MC 0427

116 Hillcrest Hall

385 West Campus Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061


Phone: (540) 231-4591