Community Service

An important part of being a member of the Honors College is demonstrating leadership by serving the extended community.

Beginning with the 2022-2023 academic year, students will log their 20 annual volunteer hours via the Honors College portal in Give Pulse, This platform also provides a listing of volunteer opportunities if you happen to be looking for a way to engage in your community. We accept Honors College service events, FIU service events, and non-FIU service. Please note that volunteer hours should reflect actual time spent providing support or service in an unpaid activity – donations in exchange for hours are not accepted. The HC Engagement Pathway in Panther Connect will be how we track activity/event participation.

To view additional volunteer opportunities, check our weekly Honors College email and our Instagram @FIUHonors.

For more information, view this infographic or contact Student Engagement at You can also check out the video below for a step by step on tracking your volunteer hours in GivePulse!

Failure to complete engagement and service requirements during a non-graduation year will result in losing priority registration in the Fall semester to register for Spring classes. Priority registration can be regained in Spring for Fall/Summer registration provided you make progress towards the current year’s requirements. Failure to complete engagement and service requirements during a student’s graduation year will result in not obtaining an Honors College transcript notation.

Sweetwater Partnership

Sweetwater Farm-Share Initiative: Honors College students Volunteer in food collection, packaging, and distribution. This is a yearly/ongoing project.

Special Events Volunteering Efforts: Students volunteer during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other special events throughout the year

Festival/Event Sponsorship and Management: Honors College students have participated in various festivals and events such the University City festival.

House Painting Initiative: Students volunteered on an initiative that was forwarded by the Mayor’s office to paint houses of elderly and less fortunate.

Sweetwater Elementary After School Tutoring: Honors College students volunteer as after school tutors at Sweetwater Elementary. We have also worked on various projects and initiatives.

Honors College Bus tour hosted by the City of Sweetwater: Ongoing initiative that introduces students to the city of Sweetwater.

City of Sweetwater Internships: Honors College Students have held various internships positions. Two Honors College alums are working at the Mayor’s Office. The City and the Honors College are working closely to expand our internship pool.

City of Sweetwater and the Honors College highlighted our partnership at the FIU Homecoming Weekend. City of Sweetwater sent its trolley and two special squad cars to march with our students.

Honors College Engagement & Community Service Requirements