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.
Incoming freshmen are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:
- Minimum composite scores of 24 ACT or 1100 SAT
- Recommended High School GPA of 3.3 or higher or demonstrated excellence
Prospective students must:
- Complete the Honors Program Application Form and Honors Application Essay
- Submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from high school teachers
- Engage in an application interview, if needed
For best consideration, applications should be submitted for the Honors Program for fall first-year admission by April 10 for fall semester. The Honors Council reviews applications as they are received. If accepted, applicants become members of the Honors Program beginning in the fall semester of their freshman year.
Honors Diploma General Requirements
The Honors Program will accept a maximum of 30 applicants annually from the freshman class who meet the admissions requirements.
Honors students will be required to complete:
- Honors Program Orientation
- 30 hours of Honors credit (as recommended by the National Collegiate Honors Council)
- One leadership and/or civic engagement experience per academic year
- A scholarly senior thesis under the direction of a full-time faculty member in the student’s major area of study
The Honors Council will determine the specific policies and guidelines for these Honors diploma requirements.
The Honors Program features:
- 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
- Priority registration with the faculty advisor and Honors Program director
- 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 3.5 and the completion of 30 credit hours of honors courses
The Honors Program offers a competitive application process. Each year, a select group of applicants are accepted into the program, based on review of their application essay, letters of recommendation, and academic information.
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.
*This scholarship award may be listed as an estimate within your financial aid package.