Honors Program

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Dr. Claudia Oakes, Honors Program Director | 860.768.5746

Are you a high-achieving student ready to continue this academic excellence in college? Our Honors Program includes exceptional courses, interdisciplinary seminars, faculty mentoring, and senior research projects.

The Honors Program at the University of Hartford is a unique program for students to push themselves academically. We've designed our Honors Program to align with each school and college so students are studying the topics that interest them while also working toward graduating with honors. 

Honors students need to complete 18 honors credits (9 honors credits for Hillyer students) to achieve honors status. The 18 credits are incorporated into the curriculum a student is already studying, and typically ends up only being an additional 3-6 credits over and above their typical course load. Although the requirements for each school and college vary slightly, they generally include: 



Benefits of the Honors Program

Our Honors Program includes exceptional courses, interdisciplinary seminars, faculty mentoring, and senior projects. In addition, you’ll have the chance to grow within a dedicated residential community and participate in special honor societies, campus events, and colloquium presentations. 

Students who participate in the program have the benefit of:

  • The opportunity to challenge themselves.
  • An honors program designed to align with their school or college work.
  • Mentoring by dedicated professors.
  • Access to a residential learning community (by application).
  • Encouragement to join prestigious honors societies.
  • Undergraduate colloquium to present their work.
  • Participation in enriching courses.
  • Priority class registration (GPA 3.5+).
  • Diverse award and scholarship opportunities.
  • Small class sizes (12-20 students).
  • Exposure to research projects and internships. 

The great thing about the program is you can make it what you want it to be; if you pick a research topic that thoroughly interests you, a lot of the final project won't feel like work. The honors program also helped me to prepare for the rigor of graduate school by forcing me to stay on top of my assignments and learn how to develop a healthy work-life balance. As tough as it can be at times, I feel like the program made me a stronger student overall and I am very glad I decided to stick with it."

Alyssa Clifford '20, Honors Student

Upcoming Events

Sept. 27, 2021
President's Reception for First-year Honors Students
12:45–1:45 p.m.
1877 Club

April 13, 2022
Undergraduate Colloquium
12–6 p.m.
1877 Club

May 13, 2022
Honors Seniors Luncheon
12 p.m.
1877 Club

Sydney Samele

Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2021

Sydney Samele received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2021 with a major in Printmaking and a doule minor in Illustration and Art History. As an Honors student in the Hartford Art School, Sydney had the opportunity to participate in valuable experiences that helped to prepare her for life after graduation. Sydney was selected to present with one of her peers at the NRHC Conference—her advisors picked a group of students who they felt would proudly represent the Hartford Art School. Through this experience, Sydney had the experience of proposing projects, critiquing work, and creating presentations. Sydney feels that the biggest benefits of the Honors Program included internships, job opportunities, and networking. In addition, she was able to freely explore her interests through the program and the Hartford Art School allowing her to produce the strongest artwork possible.

Don’t let fear or doubt keep you from taking on the challenge of becoming an honors student. There is much more to be gained from joining the program and falling short, than from not trying at all. It is less about committing to the honors program, and more about investing in your own education and potential opportunities."

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