Admission + Requirements

Each year, the honors program welcomes incoming first-year students with strong academic records. Entry to the program is by application. Students who have received their acceptance to Quinnipiac may apply for admission to the honors program in February and will learn of their status before May 1. Students also may apply after the February deadline and, if accepted, will be admitted on a wait-list basis. Interested students may inquire with the director or the admissions office at any time during the admissions process and into the summer.

After their first or second semester, students with strong records of achievement and a demonstrated desire to share their intellectual curiosity and engagement with others may apply to join the program.

Honors students take a minimum of 24 honors credits over four years, including honors section of the University seminars (QU 101, QU 201 and QU 301) and a senior-year honors capstone experience, and are expected to maintain a GPA of at least 3.3.

Applying to the Program
The Honors Program application requires a completed form and 500-word essay. To apply, send your name, student number, and major or program to which you have been accepted, as well as a 500-word essay to explain your interest in the program, to

In the essay respond to the following:

What do you envision for college? How do you imagine participating in the University Honors Program in ways that express and develop intellectual curiosity to support not only of your goals but also of the mission of the University Honors Program? (Be specific about what this means)

Applications are accepted until August, though we recommend that you apply as soon as you are able.  Applications received by March 7, 2014 will receive full consideration and will receive a decision before the end of March. Applications received by April 1 will receive a decision by the end of April. Additional applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please note that we have experienced some glitches in the online application system for the University Honors Program. Because of this issue, some applications may not have been received. If you have not received a confirmation email, please send a copy of your essay - as a Word document or as text in the body of the email message - to Applicants will receive a confirmation email from Professor Kathy Cooke or her assistant Betsy Delaney within 24 hours.

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