Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I join the Honors Program?
- How can the Honors Program benefit my career preparation?
- What requirements need to be fulfilled in order to graduate from the Honors Program?
- What is the rigor compared to a regular course schedule?
- How will Honors courses fit in with my schedule and major?
- What are the admission criteria for the Honors Program?
- What is a Senior Honors Thesis?
- Is there a student organization for Honors students?
- What are some unique opportunities offered to Honors students?
- Are there scholarships specifically for Honors students?
- I have more questions, whom should I contact?
Honors students have access to enhanced educational opportunities designed to foster long-term intellectual, personal and career growth. These include: unique, interdisciplinary courses that encourage creative and critical thinking, opportunities to be mentored by upperclassmen and then to become a mentor yourself, career-development workshops, leadership training, service-learning opportunities, participation in academic conferences, and more. You are also part of a community of learners. Many Honors students have met their friends for life through the program because of the bonding that took place freshman year through shared living in the residence hall, enrichment activities, classes and other community-building experiences. Mentoring and personal development are also a major part of the Honors experience. In addition to having an academic faculty advisor in your major, you will work closely with the Honors Program Director, Dr. Amy Story, to achieve your personal and professional goals.
Honors students have access to special educational opportunities designed to foster their long-term intellectual and personal growth, thus setting them up to be more successful in their applications to jobs or graduate school. Having studied a second language, completed a higher level math, written a senior thesis, and participated in internships, research experiences, and substantive service work are all important markers that demonstrate a commitment to go the extra mile to develop your abilities and to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to you. Our coursework and personal development experiences will help you become a better leader, team-member, critical thinker, and communicator—all skills that are highly sought-after in the working world. The diverse body of experiences and competency across skill sets is what sets our students apart from their competition.
The Honors Program has a couple of graduation requirements that go a beyond what you might have to do for your major or the regular BW Core Curriculum.
- Complete a minimum math level of pre-calculus (MTH 140).
- Reach intermediate level second language proficiency (equivalent of two years of college language study), or one year of study in two languages.
- Write a senior thesis, a project intended to give you an opportunity to work with a faculty mentor and produce a final product that will assist you in reaching your long-term goals.
- Take a total of 24 credit hours in Honors (about 20% of your total hours required to graduate).
- 3.7 or higher high school GPA
- Top 10% of your graduating class
- ACT – 27 Composite with 24 English and 24 Math
- SAT – 1210 with 550 Critical Reading and 560 Math
- We also look for second language study, AP courses, and other signs of a rigorous course of academic study in high school.
In addition to the students who meet the established criteria, other qualified students may be issued an invitation to join the program based on recommendations from the Admissions Committee and Honors Program Director. If you would like to be considered for the program, please contact either Admissions or the Honors Program to alert us to your interest.
Students in the Honors Program receive priority course registration times in order to help them accommodate our additional expectations. Incoming Honors students are taken on a two-night off-campus retreat prior to the start of fall classes in order to start bonding as a class and becoming integrated into the Honors community. First-year Honors students can also elect to live in the Honors Residence Hall, 21 Beech, a living and learning community dedicated to fostering academic excellence and interpersonal growth. Throughout the academic year, Honors offers many opportunities for career development experiences or excursions in the Cleveland area to museums, botanical gardens, plays, and to hear internationally recognized speakers. After their first year, students can apply to be part of the Leadership through Mentoring program, a leadership development program that engages upperclassmen in mentoring of first-year students.
The Honors Program does not award students with scholarships. However, Honors students are able to apply to the program to request small amounts of funding to support travel to conferences, community service trips, study abroad, or the purchase of research supplies.
We’d love to hear from you! You can contact the Honors Program office to speak with Director, Dr. Amy E. Story at 440-368-2242 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.