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Honors Program

The Honors Program at University of the Sciences offers exceptional students the opportunity for specialized, intensive learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom.  

The program is open to students in all majors, though not everyone can be accepted into this small, highly-motivated group of students.

If you take part, you will be recognized as an honors scholar.

More Information and Application

Highly qualified applicants to the University of the Sciences may be invited into the Honors Program as incoming students. Students are nominated by our university admissions counselors and selected by our Honors Program Committee. They are selected based on their high school academic records, service and activities. Typically, an honors student will come from the top 10 percent of our incoming class and have high test scores and class ranking. The honors program also seeks students with special strengths in other areas such as music, art, drama, and debate.

Students already on campus may have the opportunity to apply to the program depending on program enrollment. At this time, however, the Honors Program Committee does not anticipate opening enrollment to currently matriculated students during the 2016-2017 academic term.

Contact Us

Have you been invited to join our Honors Program as a new student in fall 2017? Would you like to meet with current honors students at an upcoming Accepted Student Day? Come and learn about our Honors Habitat for Humanity trips in 2015 and 2016 and our 2015 and 2016 Honors Abroad Trips to Ireland and Peru.

For more information about the honors program, please contact Dr. Moelter by emailing honors@usciences.edu.

Honor's Program Students

Special Opportunities

Honors Classes

You will take part in special Honors classes and recitations. The workload for these classes is not harder than others at University of the Sciences, but different. For example you may do more advanced experiments in a lab course. You may tour historic sites for a history or writing class, or meet with a visiting author in your writing class. You will work in smaller classes and have more independent and group projects. You will have the opportunity to travel as part of special honors courses that will help you develop as a "global citizen."

Honors courses and sections are specially noted on your transcript. Students take about one Honors course/section of a course per semester. Examples of activities included in Honors courses are:

  • Off campus learning experience(s)
  • Group/team self-directed projects
  • Writing assignments with multiple drafts
  • Oral assignments with multiple versions
  • Peer evaluation
  • Presentations external to the students in the class
  • Assignments designed to cross disciplinary and professional boundaries

Sections of a course may receive an Honors designation if the student’s knowledge is extended through application, integration, creation, and innovation over and above the non-Honors section

Honors Advisor

In addition to your regular academic advisor, you will also meet regularly with an academic advisor from the Honors Program Committee. Your academic advisor and the Honors Program Committee work together to help you make your class schedule, plan travel and research, and get you involved with service learning and mentorship.

Honors Research

You will work with an Research Mentor to perform a capstone research project. The project is an inquiry-driven systematic investigation that attempts to establish facts and reach new conclusions. The project culminates in a poster or podium presentation or manuscript accepted for publication.

Honors Community Service

You will get to work within the Philadelphia community and on campus. You may be a mentor to a high school student interested in your area of study. You may tutor other USciences students in your areas of strength. Your ability to serve will be bounded only by your imagination. To get some ideas on service learning at the University, check out the service learning website.

Honors Colloquium

The Honors Program regularly brings scientists, authors, politicians, or artists to campus. You will have the opportunity to meet with them in small groups, maybe share a meal, and hear them speak at a more formal lecture or performance, all geared to you. Recent speakers have included Leslie Jamison (author of The Empathy Exams), James Hayden (Managing Director of the Wistar Institute's Imaging Facility), and Riolamo Lorenzo (Principle Dancer, Pennsylvania Ballet.)

Honors Registration

You will have the opportunity to register early for courses, making sure you get the courses you need to fit into an Honors schedule.

Honors Living and Learning Community

Students accepted into the Honors Program are eligible to live in the Wilson Residence Hall.

Mission, Vision, and Values


Honors Scholars are offered intellectual and cultural experiences that enable them to excel in their health and science professional careers.

The Program develops independent critical thinking and creativity through a curriculum that embraces small classes and leads to higher-level learning.

The Program emphasizes leadership, research, and learning both inside and outside of the classroom that is innovative, interdisciplinary, interprofessional, and collaborative. Further, the Program stresses the importance of community engagement through ongoing participation in service learning.


Honors Scholars experience a challenging interdisciplinary education while achieving distinction in their majors and minors. They participate in a close-knit community of peers, faculty, and staff. The program’s emphasis on academic achievement, research, and service prepares them to lead their communities locally, regionally, and globally.


Honors Scholars:

  • Are characterized by intellectual curiosity, creativity, and the desire to excel.
  • Embrace the importance of independent research within and beyond the classroom.
  • Value a challenging, broad-based, interdisciplinary general education inclusive of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences while preparing for their respective careers.
  • Believe contributing to society is as important as self-improvement.
  • Actively seek partnerships to further their knowledge whether with individuals, institutions, or philanthropic organizations.
  • Build long-lasting personal and professional relationships.
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