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About the Honors Program

What is the Honors Program?

What does the term Honors mean? Does it indicate a certain level of achievement that is viewed as an accolade? Does it assume a level of difficulty so that Honors is harder or more challenging than other pursuits? Is Honors about providing special access or unique opportunities to participants? Does Honors, at its best, result in a certain character, worldview, or ways of engagement?

Certainly, these possible explanations are parts to an answer of what is Honors? However, at Drexel, Honors is more than the sum of the parts. The Honors Program is where students pursue a level of learnedness, face challenges, and seek opportunities, but not in the same way for everyone. Honors is a reward for certain academic achievements, but it doesn’t end there. Honors pursuits can be more challenging in terms of effort and time, but the result is more than the time put in. To be part of the Honors Program can open your eyes and expand your experiences, but it can also re-frame how you are part of the world and leave you with many questions and ambiguous answers.

In the sections that follow, explore what is Honors at Drexel University. Think through how the Honors Program can enhance your experiences, help you grow toward your goals, and provide opportunities where you can be your best self. Whether as students inside or outside the classroom, as professional staff supporting students toward their dreams, or as faculty pursuing your passions and inspiring students, we all have a role in Honors and the work toward what it means to be part of the Honors Program at Drexel University.

Why and Who?

Why join the Honors Program?

Being a part of the Honors Program is a unique opportunity for students to create an additional layer to their experience at Drexel. The Honors Program offers a space in which students can grow as academics, professionals, and people. Through discussion-based courses, the Honors Program allows students to explore diverse topics and perspectives while meeting faculty and students outside of their majors and academic concentrations. With co-curricular events such as Ticket Tuesday, TED Talk Lunches, Workshops and Guest Speaker Events, the Honors Program provides students with unique connections to their peers and their Philadelphia community. The Honors Program also gives students the avenues for self-improvement through leadership opportunities and service involvement through programs like the Honors Ambassadors, Honors Mentors and Alternative Spring Break.

Who is a typical Honors Program student?

A typical Honors Program student is inquisitive, thoughtful, and eager to step outside of their comfort zone to learn in a safe and diverse space. While Honors students may vary in major, concentration and co-op cycle, they all share a dedication to enhancing their education and enriching their academic and community experience. Honors students are lifelong learners who enjoy engaging in a cross-disciplinary discourse and co-curricular activities. Honors Program students also appreciate working alongside a tight knit cohort of students who are equally as engaged.