The HC recommends that your final bound thesis be printed at Printing and Mailing. They are familiar with HC thesis regulations and have all required materials in stock. Printing and binding specifications for your honors thesis are requirements. If you turn in a thesis that is not printed according to specifications, you will be asked to reprint.

Tip: Submit your thesis for printing as a .pdf to prevent inadvertent changes.


HC Bound Thesis Printing Specifications

  • 80 lb., Royal Marble Cover Stock, Desert Onyx OR 80 lb., Royal Sundance Linen, Gray
  • Front and back cover required
  • Front cover text should be an exact replication of the inside title page
  • White paper, 16-20 pound, standard size (8.5x11)
  • Same paper for entire thesis; exceptions include oversize materials and photo paper
  • 25% or higher cotton rag content and uniform watermark.
  • Photocopies must be clear, straight, and free of copy spotting or smudges
Layout & Binding:
  • Set the left margin on the entire document to 1.5” to accommodate binding
  • Print single-sided only
  • Include blank front and back flyleaves
  • Use black tape binding only



Your HC thesis is due by Friday at 5:00 p.m. of week 10.

You must upload your thesis to Scholar's Archive by the deadline. The bound copy is optional and can be dropped off or sent to the HC office anytime after your thesis is uploaded.
Allow at least 48 hours for printing and binding, and be aware that turnaround time can be longer during high-demand periods.

Important Contacts


Printing and Mailing
Student Multimedia Services
The Valley Library
Main floor, by the elevators.
Room 2035
HC Office
LInC 450
HC Thesis Archive
Browse Previous HC Theses