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University Honors Program

Program Overview

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson’s words reflect the importance of learning through experience and personal development. In an academic sense, this means going beyond the books to discover a personal life path by interacting with other scholars, participating in unique and challenging experiences, and pushing boundaries to accomplish the unexpected.

Reserved for the most talented and promising undergraduate students, the University Honors Program adds value to the campus experience and enhances students’ preparation for life after graduation.  It provides academically advanced students with the supportive environment needed to pursue their intellectual interests through research within distinctive paths of enrichment.

The specific goals of the program include:

  • Successful completion of first year research seminars.  

  • Cultivating students who ask questions, think critically in answering those questions, make interdisciplinary connections in answering those questions, and can construct creative analytical responses when engaged in collaborative or independent problem solving.

  • Cultivating students who obtain the distinctive characteristics necessary to compete successfully for graduate and professional school entrance, for national and international fellowships and scholarships, and for leadership roles in the student’s chosen profession.

  • Cultivating a community of scholars who are interested in sharing cultural, research, and leadership experiences across the tracks.