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The Honors Program at Lourdes University will provide motivated and talented students a superior Franciscan education that is intellectually rewarding, interdisciplinary, rigorous, vibrant and research-oriented. The program aims to offer vibrant scholarly and cultural opportunities to help students become dynamic leaders and passionately engaged global citizens. As a result, these high-achieving students can enhance their creative thinking and critical inquiry skills to academically prepare to pursue graduate studies or for their chosen career path. A select group of new full-time freshmen will be admitted annually into the prestigious Lourdes University Honors Program.

The Honors Program features:

  • Priority registration with the faculty advisor and Honors Program director
  • Honors course sections with a rich interactive environment, designed and delivered specifically for honors students to develop a culture of inquiry
  • Guaranteed placement in honors general education courses in English, history, philosophy and theology, which count toward graduation requirements
  • Placement in the honors level First Year Experience (FYE) course
  • Membership in an honors level Lourdes living learning community in Lourdes Commons
  • Opportunity to participate in leadership and service learning experiences as well as cultural events and immersion experiences
  • Opportunity to enroll in upper level honors integrated courses
  • Research-based Honors capstone project with participation in the Lourdes University Research & Scholarship Symposium
  • Honors recognition on diploma with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and the completion of 30 credit hours of honors courses

Scholarship and Awards

Upon acceptance into the Honors Program, students will receive an annual $1,000 Honors Scholarship.  Honors Program students are also eligible to receive an annual $1,000 Honors Housing Award if they live on-campus in Honors housing and an additional $1,000 Scholars Housing Award if they live on-campus and participate in the Dean’s Scholars Program.

Honors Program Application