Honors Program
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The honors program at Baldwin Wallace helps motivated and talented students make the most of their college experience by joining a community of scholars dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development and community engagement.

The Liberal Arts — Redefined

Interdisciplinary and experiential, the honors program offers unique courses and an enhanced core curriculum that blend the theoretical and the practical. Encouraging academic exploration and independent thinking, the honors program can augment any program of study and expand the opportunities available to students.

A Path of Leadership

From a student's first experiences at the honors retreat to acting as a mentor to other honors students to planning University-wide events, the honors program offers countless opportunities for students to grow and be challenged as campus leaders. Developing the skills and self-awareness necessary for leadership is one of the central commitments of the program.

Engaging the Whole Student

More than just an academic course of study, the honors program strives to develop the whole student. We work to build lasting relationships among students and between students, faculty and staff. Committed to giving back to our community, the program encourages students to make use of their talents through service opportunities like tutoring refugees in English, organizing a campus coat-drive and working with local nonprofit organizations.

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    Alumna Wins Fulbright Award to Teach in Ukraine

    Klementyna Pozniak '20 will be teaching English in Ukraine starting in January 2021.

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    Alumna Wins Fulbright Award to Teach in Mexico

    Jessica Villacres '20 won a Fulbright to teach in Mexico.

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    Alumnus Awarded Fulbright

    William Lekan '19 spent the 2019-20 academic year on the Taiwanese island of Kinmen where he taught English to middle school students.

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    Alumna Wins Elite Fellowship in Germany

    May honors graduate Tessa (Smith) Fenstermaker ’19 was chosen for an all-expenses-paid, year-long fellowship in Germany.

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    Living and Learning Community

    The honors program offers vibrant residential experiences for first-year students and upperclassmen in three unique residence halls. Honors students enjoy the stimulating intellectual and social atmosphere of living with other engaged students.

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    Not More Difficult, but More Deeply Engaged

    Honors program courses are innovative and experiential. A recent course, "Philosophy Through Sound: The Music of John Cage," examined American avant garde composer John Cage's music and the philosophical questions he sought to answer through sound.

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    Learning Through Service

    Honors students engage in service locally and around the world. Many projects can generate honors credit or be financially supported by the honors program. 


At the heart of the honors program, honors courses offer unique opportunities to enhance your skills as an independent and critical thinker. Honors courses are small, seminar-style courses taught by the very best of BW's faculty.

Interdisciplinary and Experiential

The honors program offers a new set of courses each year that help students engage in thinking across subject areas and between the theoretical and the practical. Often involving hands-on work in the classroom, community or laboratory, honors classes provide a setting for experimentation and rich engagement with the liberal arts.

Not More Difficult, but More Deeply Engaged

Intended to be exciting, distinctive and skill-building, honors courses do not require more work than non-honors classes and should not be thought of as “harder” than non-honors classes. Our courses provide special opportunities for enriching your education regardless of your area of study.

Admission to Honors

The BW Honors Program seeks academically motivated students who demonstrate the potential to excel in their courses as well as through campus leadership and service. We value a diversity of experiences, backgrounds and identities, and look for students who will contribute to our vibrant community of scholars.

Admission from High School

Students admitted to BW with a 3.75 weighted GPA will be automatically invited to apply to the Honors Program at the time of their acceptance. Students who are not automatically invited to apply, but who believe they have strong potential for success and achievement in college, should ask their admission counselor about Honors or contact the Honors Program staff directly.

Admission of Current BW Students

Students who do not join at the start of their first year at BW have an opportunity to do so in their second semester. The Honors Program solicits nominations from faculty and encourages students to self-nominate for consideration. Students with a nomination and a 3.5 GPA after the first semester are invited to learn more about the Honors Program and can join during the middle of spring semester.

Transfer Students

The BW Honors Program welcomes interested transfer students to contact us directly or speak to your admission counselor about whether Honors could be a good fit for you. Transfer students must have above a 3.0 college GPA. Up to 12 credits of Honors classes taken elsewhere can be transferred as honors credits at BW.

Student Experiences

Honors Welcome

The first-year student Honors Welcome offers an empowering beginning to your honors experience. Before the academic year commences, the honors program hosts an overnight orientation for incoming first-year students. Designed to initiate new students into the honors community, the Welcome packs in exciting team-building activities, as well as book discussions and workshops on the transition to college.

Begin Building Friendships Immediately

The Welcome provides an opportunity for new students to start developing friendships that will last for a lifetime. Sharing this experience means that honors students have something in common right away and can build on that foundation as their relationships develop in the coming months and years at BW.

Mentoring and the Honors Community

First-year students are not the only students we involve in the Honors Welcome — we also engage a group of upper-class honors peer mentors who act as leaders, friends and advisors through the experience. These mentors will work with the first-year class beyond the orientation, helping new students adjust to college life and get engaged with our local communities.


Honors offers vibrant residential experiences for first-year and upper-level students in two unique residence halls:

  • 21 Beech is a vibrant, close-knit residential community where lasting friendships are formed. This residence hall is all first-year honors students.
  • First-year honors students as well as upper-level honors students can choose to live in the suite-style, centrally-located Carmel Living/Learning Center.

Academically Supportive Environment

Join a community of ambitious, intelligent and passionate students. You will be able to live and work in a quiet environment where other students respect your goals and share your commitment to excellence.

Learning Outside the Classroom

Living together will encourage you to attend campus events and join student organizations with your honors peers. You will enjoy the stimulating intellectual and social atmosphere of living with other engaged students and together take advantage of programming sponsored by the honors program, honors leadership board and residence life.

Feels Like Home!

Being a part of a supportive, close-knit environment with other dedicated honors students helps you form friendships that last all four years and beyond. Each residence hall is air-conditioned, carpeted and equipped with a kitchen and multiple student lounges.


Dr. Amy E. Lebo
Associate Dean, Office of Honors and Scholars
Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Oregon
Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, University of Oregon
M.A. in Philosophy, University of Oregon
B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, Emory University

(440) 826-2266

Margaret Stiner
Associate Director, Office of Honors and Scholars
Lecturer in English
M.A.T. in English, Brown University
B.A. in English and Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross
(440) 826-2242

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