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Honors Program

Explore. Collaborate. Influence.

The Stevenson Honors Program invites the University’s most academically talented students into an exciting, four-year honors experience.  Honors students—across disciplines—develop a strong network of mutually outstanding and motivated peers, experiencing Stevenson together while building lifelong bonds through this living-learning community.

The engaging honors experience includes a thematic, project-based curriculum; workshops and master classes taught by thought leaders in academia and industry; purposeful collaborations among student scholar peers and honors faculty; and specially-designed faculty-led honors program trips. In concert with the University’s well-respected career preparation program, the Honors Program offers professional preparation and career connections tailored to the specific goals and aspirations of honors students.

  • Benefits
    • Priority registration
    • Social events
      • Pre-orientation event in August for 1st year students
      • Sophomore trip
      • Senior networking dinner
    • Specialized advising and mentoring from Faculty Director
    • Dedicated honors librarian
    • Guest speakers and panel discussions (e.g., visiting writers, artists, academic leaders, entrepreneurs)
    • Honors designation on transcript, honors seal on diploma, cording ceremony prior to graduation (upon successfully completing the four year curriculum)
  • Scholarships
    Honors students receive the highest level of merit scholarship—the President’s Scholarship—and are also invited to apply for the Founders’ Scholarship, which recognizes a student’s potential to be an active, engaged member of the Stevenson Community. All scholarships are renewable for four years. For more information, please see the Scholarship & Grants page.
  • Honors Curriculum

    Freshman Composition (fall of 1st year)

    • Fulfilled by taking ENG 153 (4 credits honors course) OR AP credits + 1 additional composition course (3-4 credits)

    HON 100 (1 credit, spring of 1st year)

    • Introduces students to project based learning and the yearly theme

    Honors sections of general education courses (minimum of 12 credits, 1st and 2nd years)

    • Honors General Biology Lab
    • Honors General Chemistry I (lecture and lab)
    • Honors General Chemistry II (lecture and lab)
    • Honors Intro to Art History
    • Honors US History Colonial America – 1877
    • Honors Introduction to Psychology
    • Honors Public Speaking
    • Honors Introduction to Sociology

    Upper level honors courses (6-8 credits, 3rd year)

    • Fulfilled by honors contracts
      • Honors contracts allows students to take a course in their major and turn it into an honors course by taking a project-based approach to the course. Students work closely with their instructor in designing the project based approach.

    HON 400 (3 credits, spring of 3rd year or fall/spring of 4th year)

    • Project based, collaborative course tied into the yearly theme culminating in a presentation.

    GPA requirements

    • 1st year: >3.2
    • 2nd year: > 3.3
    • 3rd year: >3.4
    • Overall GPA: > 3.5
  • Freshman Honors

    Freshman Honors is the first year of Stevenson University's Honors Program. Freshman honors students will be housed in a living and learning community that allows students to form a cohort and participate in honors specific programming in and out of the classroom.

    Freshman Honors is characterized by a pre-orientation experience right before the semester begins, a common read,  4 honors courses, and culminates with an end of the year celebration.


Honor Student

honors student alicia o'neil
"The [honors] classes have provided more opportunity for discussion; I would recommend the program to incoming freshmen who wish to explore the full extent of their intellect."
Alicia O'Neil
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