1. Honors students are in them.
GPA and test scores aside, Honors students are people who want to get the most they can from each class meeting. They read with care, ask questions, and have their own ideas. They catch mistakes, and they learn from each other.
2. The classes are smaller.
Usually, there are fewer than fifteen students to a section.
3. New assignments and new discussions take place in them.
Because of the smaller class size and the enormous energy that Honors students bring to their work, instructors often try out new readings and new assignments in Honors classes. The discussions, projects, and essays that result may take students to unexpected places. The small class size means that closer interaction and greater spontaneity are possible than in most non-Honors sections.
4. They are labeled on the transcript as "Honors" classes.
Whether the student completes the Honors program or only takes one course, graduate schools and prospective employers will know that she or he was an Honors student.
5. Expectations are at their highest.
The better the work of a group is, the more each person in that group expects from the others. Instructors expect the very best work from their Honors students; Honors students expect a great deal from their instructors and from each other.