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What is the Honors Program?

The Honors Program is an academic opportunity for students whose intellectual and creative interests and abilities are beyond conventional university offerings. The program gives students the opportunity to enrich their education through specially designed courses and extracurricular involvement.  View a brief video about the Honors Program!

Who can enroll in the Honors Program?

The Honors Program is available to qualified students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program at Clarion University. Students may be accepted on the basis of academic performance, aptitude, a written statement, and personal interviews. Click here for additional admission information.


Does the Honors Program require extra classes?

To earn an honors degree, a student must complete a minimum of 21 honors credits (7 courses) and maintain the academic standards of the program. Honors courses will replace certain general education courses that are required for all majors. Three of 21 honors credits (1 course) must be earned in the student's major area of study. These hours are taken as part of the student's degree program and do not represent credits beyond normal graduation requirements. For a listing Honors Program requirements, click here.


How will my completion of the Honors Program be recognized?

Honors graduates receive special recognition at commencement ceremonies and their transcripts indicate that they have completed the Honors Program. Students also receive a minor in Honors that is shown on their degree.


Are there any scholarships reserved for Honors students?

Scholarships and financial aid provisions are available for students enrolled in the Honors Program. The Foundation Honors Scholarship is available to members of the Honors Program beginning their sophomore year. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years, provided program requirements are met. Awards are based on academic achievement and evidence of leadership and motivation.


Are there any QPA requirements for students in the Honors Program?

Freshman students enrolled in the Clarion University Honors Program must maintain a 3.00, sophomores must maintain a 3.25, and juniors and seniors must maintain a 3.40 QPA.


Is the Honors Program affiliated with any national organizations?

Clarion University's Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, placing it in contact with honors programs nationwide.


What are the benefits of being in the Honors Program?

Students have priority registration, an enriched curriculum, annual scholarships eligibility, small classes, faculty mentorship, field experiences, international scholarship opportunities, a better academic environment, and a more rewarding experience at Clarion.


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