Kelly O’Sullivan presents her Honors Project, "The Construction of a Genetic Tool to Selectively Silence Adult Born Neurons"

St. Bonaventure University

Honors Program

The University Honors Program fosters academic achievement, personal growth, and independent learning. Seeking to expand the usual avenues for student excellence, the Honors Program invites students to develop self-directed projects from the ground up. Faculty serve as teachers, advisers, and advocates in this dynamic 18-credit hour program. 

In training students to develop independent research and creative projects, the Honors Program prepares students for careers and for post-graduate education. Recent Honors Program graduates are currently pursing M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., J.D., and M.D. degrees at top-ranked programs throughout the U.S.

Admission requirements:

  • Incoming students awarded Presidential or Friars scholarships are invited to join
  • Invitations are sent with acceptance letters
  • Students may transfer in six credits of Honors courses for which they earned a B+ or higher
  • Students may request admission with a 3.5 GPA after first semester

Program requirements:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 each semester
  • Students must take at least one Honors course per year
  • Students must meet with the Honors Director at least once a year

Requirements for the Degree with Honors

Students completing the full 18-credit Honors Program, including the final 3-credit Honors Project, are granted the Degree with Honors.

The Honors Project is a yearlong signature piece of research or creative work in which students bring their academic training and personal knowledge together with input from faculty mentors. These exceptional projects are presented to faculty, friends, and family at the Honors Symposium held every spring.

Program benefits

  • Early registration for classes
  • Maximum of 15 students per class
  • Up to two required general education courses offered for Honors credit
  • Scholarships available for the Oxford Summer Program
  • Honors study space in main classroom building (updated summer 2021)
  • “with Honors” listed on diploma and transcript for students completing the program
  • Incoming Honors students may request a roommate also enrolled in the Honors program

Honors Spotlight

Emily LaMay, Class of 2020, created an online Excel training course based on the design thinking process and entrepreneurship. Meet Emily and other Honors students:

In the Honors Spotlight

Program information

Students may participate in as much of the Honors Program as they desire, or they may fulfill all the requirements to earn a Degree with Honors.

Requirements and courses for a degree with honors

  • For more information

    We are always available to answer any and all questions pertaining to University Honors. Please do not hesitate to call or email us. If you are going to be visiting the campus, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to stop by and introduce yourself. This is a really exciting time to be an Honors student at St. Bonaventure and we want you to be a part of our community.

    Dr. Scott Simpson
    Director of the Honors Program