Honors Program

You excel.  Let’s make the most of it.

You work hard, and your academic record proves it.  Now it’s time for the Honors Program to show you some of the benefits of all that hard work.  What can you look forward to?  A richer, more powerful academic experience and a headstart on post-college success.

The rewards of doing well:  more opportunities

As a member of the Honors Program, you will take at least four Honors courses designed to develop your problem-solving, inquiry, and critical-thinking powers.  The courses, which are often team-taught by scholars from different disciplines, focus on multidisciplinary approaches to learning and study the linkages between disciplines.   Class sizes are small — you’ll receive plenty of individual attention and have opportunities to stretch your intellectual wings as you engage in lively class discussions. In your senior year, you’ll research and write an Honors thesis on a topic in your major discipline.  

Be part of a community that understands, challenges, and inspires you.

The Honors Program brings together a very special group of students — highly motivated, intellectually curious, and eager to talk about what they’re learning.  You’ll have plenty of stimulation in talking with your fellow Honors students, both in class and after class.   The Honors Program also sponsors events throughout the academic year, when you’ll go far afield and broaden your cultural horizons together. 

First-year honors students can become even more immersed in the honors community because they are eligible to live in the Honors Living Learning Community, where they have their own floor in one of our on-campus residences.  Long talks into the night, help with homework just a few steps away, and shared trips and activities are just some of what you can look forward to. 

How to Apply

The First-Year Honors application for Fall 2018 will be available this fall. Please direct questions to Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Sarah Gawronski at s​g​a​w​r​o​n​s​k​i​@​n​e​w​h​a​v​e​n​.​e​d​u

Students who are admitted to the University of New Haven and who meet certain minimum requirements will automatically receive an application to the Honors Program from the Admissions Office. Those minimum requirements are:

- 3.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
- 1260 Critical Reading + Math SAT

In addition, students who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.3 in their first semester at the University of New Haven may apply to the Honors Program. Transfer students who have 32 credit hours or less may also apply, provided they have a minimum GPA of 3.5 from their previous institution.

To graduate as an Honors Scholar, students must complete four honors courses, an honors thesis, and maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA.

Every student who is selected to participate in the Honors Program will receive an annual $1,000 scholarship in addition to any other merit-based awards received. In their sophomore and junior years, honors students may also apply for one of six prestigious Hatfield Scholar Awards, which are granted on the basis of academic excellence, campus involvement and community service. Hatfield scholars receive an additional $2,000 scholarship and a bronze medallion at graduation.

The Honors Program has a Living Learning Community open to a small number of incoming first-year honors students. Residents in the LLC live in Bergami Hall and benefit from a rich array of activities and programs. All residents of the Honors Program LLC will have the opportunity to participate in special events. In the past residents of the LLC have toured museums in downtown New Haven, gotten lost in the corn maze at Lyman Orchards, hiked up Sleeping Giant, visited the Museum of Tolerance in New York, and seen the musical Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway.