Honors Program

Course Information

Program Overview

Housed in the new, state-of-the-art Tsotsis Family Academic Center featuring study spaces, a lounge and spaces for collaboration, Assumption’s Honors Program offers a demanding, intensive curriculum designed to foster academic engagement inside and outside the classroom. Whether you are majoring in the liberal arts, business, or professional studies such as education or human services and rehabilitation studies, the Honors Program enables you to challenge yourself and explore your capabilities with similarly motivated students. We encourage Honors students to select courses and projects that reflect their individual interests and to connect their classroom studies with experiences in the community.

Outstanding accepted students who have demonstrated academic excellence in standardized test scores, rank in class, engagement inside and outside the classroom, and a passion for learning are invited to apply to the program. Students with an outstanding first semester may also apply to join the program at the beginning of the sophomore year. 

The Honors Program reflects the mission of the college by providing a curriculum that offers a high quality liberal education, in-depth disciplinary and professional training, opportunities to contribute to the community, and a basis for a meaningful personal, professional, spiritual, family, and civic life. It presents opportunities for students to explore connections among their courses, and also between their courses and life. The program promotes intellectual friendship and discourse while providing a common, intensive learning experience inside and outside the classroom.

The Honors Program Advantage

The honors program is designed to help students:

  • Cultivate independent thinking and learning
  • Learn to interpret and evaluate information from a variety of perspectives
  • Engage actively with various academic disciplines
  • Develop and refine the qualities of leadership and service
  • Carry out in-depth independent study
  • There are Honors courses in virtually every academic area at Assumption, making it easy for you to choose your electives.

Honors Program Qualifications

We invite qualified high school students, students with an outstanding first semester at Assumption, and transfer students to apply for the Honors Program. Qualifications for each category of student are as follows:

  • High School students
  • Standardized test scores
  • Rank in class
  • Engagement inside and outside the classroom
  • Demonstrated passion for learning
  • Current Assumption students
  • Students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 in their first semester may be invited to apply for the Spring semester or the beginning of their sophomore year.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 in Honors courses, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

Transfer Students

Transfer students may apply to the honors program at time of admission by submitting a transcript and writing a required essay.