We have chosen to post the most recent draft of the Program’s mission so you can see how faculty, staff and students articulate the importance of their educational experience in the Honors Program.


An Honors education is a transformational one that prepares students to be critical thinkers, able leaders and followers, and engaged citizens.


An honors education stimulates inquisitiveness and intellectual engagement by encouraging students to explore areas of interest, undertake original research and creative projects, to experience the pleasure of learning.

  • Honors students will learn from the diversity of intellectual experiences and, as a result, develop social and cultural competencies.
  • Honors students will gain confidence in their ability to navigate a complex world and take risks where appropriate.

The honors community fosters civic and social engagement through student reflection on the College’s academic course work, community service and cultural enrichment.

  • Honors students will be full-fledged participants at the college and in the larger community assuming leadership where appropriate with the intent of taking responsibility for the communities in which they live.

Honors students will graduate ready to meet the demands and challenges of a global society.


The Honors Program values honesty, integrity, respect, inquisitiveness, engagement, and life-long learning.

  • Honors students understand the relationship between privilege and responsibility