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Honors Program Benefits

A Close-Knit Learning Community

Almost always the first benefit honors students mention is the sense of "family" they have enjoyed in the program -- how being in honors is like finding a small, intimate and supportive community within the larger University. They enjoy the informal time they spend with their peers in the program, their study sessions in the honors program lounge and the structured activities they engage in as a group. Many have forged friendships through honors that will last the rest of their lives.

Early Advising and Registration

Because honors students need to work honors course selections into the rest of their schedules, the advising office processes their course registrations each semester earlier than those of other students, whose scheduling is not as complex. Because they register early, honors students can be confident that there will be space for them in every selected course section.

Student Development Grants

Honors scholars, in their junior and senior years, are offered a modest benefit in the form of student development grants, designed to promote their learning activities. Students may request up to $300 for each of those years for purchases or expenses connected to learning projects in which they are engaged. They may request up to $500 for the following three activities: study abroad, research presentations at conferences and out-of-town internships.

Designated Student Lounge

We have provided students in the program with their own room, containing computers, work space and comfortable sofas and chairs. The room has become a favorite meeting place for honors students.

Cultural and Social Activities

Depending on their interests, the Honors Program Students Advisory Council organizes social and cultural activities that promote fellowship and fun within the program, which may involve visiting a museum, viewing and discussing a film or throwing a welcome party for incoming honors students.