Why Join Honors?

The Honors Program provides a home for students who want to get the most out of their SU education; who want to challenge themselves; who have diverse interests and wide-ranging curiosity; and who are willing to work hard because they enjoy seeing the benefits of that work - to themselves and their communities.


Honors classes are led as small seminars. Faculty teach innovative and often interdisciplinary topics, and you'll engage in lively discussion with your fellow students. Hands-on learning, field trips, and other enrichment activities are hallmarks of Honors courses. 

Professional Development

A hallmark of the Honors Program is the completion of a thesis project in your senior year.  This project is the culmination of your academic or creative interests, and often lays the groundwork for your professional or educational path after SU.  Honors also offers Professional Development Grants that students can use for attending conferences and workshops, or other career development opportunities.


Honors advisors are familiar with the challenges and opportunities that excellent students face, and provide superb support through advising and personal attention.  This includes advising on Honors requirements, career interests, and on graduate and professional schools, and preparation for prestigious graduate fellowships and scholarships.


The Honors Suite in Bowne Hall is home to our two seminar classrooms, our advising staff, as well as our student lounge and dedicated computer lab - the lounge and lab are available to Honors students 24 hours a day. Honors first year students can live together in a dedicated dorm on campus through their sophomore year if they choose.  Honors also offers many community building and mentoring programs for first-year students that include retreats, workshops, and trips to local events and attractions.