Honors Program

Community Experience

One of the advantages of joining the Honors and University Scholars programs is that you will feel like part of a small, tight-knit community even amidst the buzz of a large, four-year, public university.

While on campus, students in Honors and Scholars can pass the time between classes in our student lounge. The lounge offers PC and Mac computer options, a printer, comfy furniture, and friendly interactions with other students. This is also a great place to practice your Wii skills by challenging other Honors and Scholars students to bowling, tennis, or golf. Finally, no visit to the lounge is complete without taking in the fantastic view of campus from the fourth floor of Main Classroom.

Community is also built among the students who choose to live on the Honors and Scholars floors in the residence halls. Each year floors are set aside just for Honors and Scholars students and friendships form fast. These friendships carry on into the classroom with our selection of Honors general education requirements. Every semester, we offer an array of Honors general education classes, ranging from Introduction to Poetry to University Physics and lots in between. These are small classes (15-20 students) taught by some of the best instructors on campus; you'll get to know your teacher and your fellow students in a stimulating intellectual environment. Universal Honors Experiences, zero and one credit hour courses specifically for Honors students, help to form strong bonds by encouraging student interaction and community involvement and by promoting fun while learning. You can try yoga or drawing, work on the award-winning student newsletter, help tutor high school students, or just enjoy discussing a book or film.

Outside of the classroom, Honors and Scholars students are involved in a variety of student organizations; from honor societies to Greek life, students in Honors and Scholars find ways to become part of the many communities on campus. Honors and Scholars students also participate in numerous volunteer opportunities. Many put the volunteer spirit to good use by joining the student-led alternative break group, Viking Expeditions, where they can travel, serve others, and form life-long friendships. Others take advantage of volunteer opportunities and service learning options in the Cleveland area through several programs linked to the Honors and Scholars programs.

Opportunities for building community abound in the Honors and Scholars Programs and we hope you take advantage of any and all of them!