The University Honors Program offers an enriched course of study for academically talented and venturesome students. Honors Scholars take courses especially designed to encouraged creative thinking and independent learning, and they complete an original research project as the capstone of their experience.

Newly admitted freshmen and continuing or transfer students with fewer than 45 credits (exclusive of college credits earned in high school or in summer sessions) and Community College graduates are eligible to apply to the University Honors Program.  Part-time students should have at least five semesters of enrollment remaining.  As a guideline, new  students should have graduated in the top 20% of their class and have a combined SAT score of at least 1710, and continuing or transfer students should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above. The most important qualifications of all is a commitment to learning and an enthusiasm for intellectual challenge.


To maintain good standing in the program students must 1) meet the following minimum cumulative GPA standards:
• Freshmen - 3.30
• Sophomores - 3.40
• Juniors 3.45

• Seniors 3.50
2) complete at least one Honors course per year, and 3) demonstrate active involvement in the co-curricular activities of the Honors Program and the University community.


The University Honors Program offers students excellent opportunities to develop attributes that typify those who are willing and capable of assuming leadership roles in their respective communities. These opportunities are provided through intellectually challenging courses, working with other highly motivated students, involvement in student-initiated projects/activities, and completion of an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. In addition, the Program provides opportunities and encouragement, as well as financial support, for Honors students wishing to participate in local, regional, and/or national conferences. The Program offers an excellent preparation for professional or graduate schools, teaching, or any competitive career. Students who complete the program are recognized as University Honors Scholars at graduation and on their transcripts.


In addition, scholarships covering the cost of in-state tuition are awarded to all freshmen entering the program and are renewable for up to eight semesters for those who maintain the program's standards.  These tuition scholarships cover up to 18 credits per semester. Incoming Honors freshmen who wish to live on campus are housed on the same floor in Mead Hall. Participation in the Honors Program improves the chances of continuing students obtaining the housing residence of their choice in subsequent years. The curriculum of the Honors program satisfies part of the University General Education requirement (GER) and all three levels of its Writing Requirement. Honors Scholars, who may major in any four-year program offered at Eastern, often find that their capstone research project may also satisfy a requirement in their major.



  In addition to their academic lives, Honors Scholars become involved in a variety of programs and activities sponsored by the university, their major department, and the Honors Program itself.  The Honors Club, a student organization, meets twice a month throughout the academic year. It sponsors trips to cultural events and other college campuses.  Each spring, for example, several students, along with the Director, participate in the Northeast Regional Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NE-NCHC) as presenters. The Student Honors Council makes recommendations concerning the Honors curriculum and requirements, the Honors curriculum and requirements, and sponsors cultural and social events on campus, including the activities of Honors Week, usually the last week in April.  Other Honors student initiatives include social service and educational activities in the Windham/Willimantic area, hosting prospective freshman, and mentoring programs for new students. 


For an application form, write to Zosia Carlquist, Coordinating Secretary, University Honors Program, Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT 06226, or call (860) 465-4317.  Completed applications will require transcripts, recommendations, and an example of the applicant's writing.  The deadline for applications is March 1.

Click here to download a PDF of the Honors application.

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