Honors Program

Innovative, interdisciplinary, and experiential—that’s the Honors Program at USciences. It offers exceptional students the opportunity for specialized, intensive learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. Through a curriculum that embraces small classes, the program promotes independent critical thinking and creativity, as well as intellectual and cultural experiences that encourage personal and professional excellence.

An emphasis on leadership and service, research, and global  learning complements the program’s focus on experiential learning. Honors scholars enjoy a collaborative, close-knit community of peers, faculty, and staff while benefiting from challenging interdisciplinary education and allowing for distinction in their fields. As they focus on academic achievement, research, and service, USciences’ honors students learn how to lead communities locally, regionally, and globally.

Who Are Honors Scholars?

They’re characterized by their intellectual curiosity, creativity, and drive to excel. They embrace independent research within and beyond the classroom, actively seeking partnerships with individuals, institutions, and philanthropic organizations. They believe that helping society is as important as self-improvement. In addition, they value a challenging, broad-based, interdisciplinary education inclusive of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Application Information

Highly qualified incoming students may be invited into the Honors Program. They are nominated by our University admissions counselors and selected by our Honors Program Committee based on high school academic records, service, and activities.

Typically, honors students come from the top 10% of an incoming class and have outstanding test scores and class ranking. The Honors Program seeks students with special strengths in areas such as leadership, debate, and the arts.

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 current academic term.

Find Out More

If you’ve been invited to join our Honors Program as a new student, you can meet with current honors students at an upcoming Accepted Student Day in the spring. Ask about our Honors Habitat for Humanity spring break excursions and travel opportunities.

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

Special Opportunities

Honors Classes

As an honors scholar, you’ll participate in special classes. For example, you may conduct more advanced experiments in a lab course, tour historic sites for a history or writing class, or meet with a visiting author in your writing class. You’ll also 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.”

Students take about one honors course or section of a course per semester, and each is specially noted on your transcript. Honors courses often include:

  • Off-campus learning
  • Group/team projects
  • Writing assignments
  • Oral assignments
  • Peer evaluation
  • Presentations to an external audience
  • Assignments designed to cross disciplinary and professional boundaries

Course sections 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.

Global Learning

The Honors Program promotes global learning through seminars, courses with global learning objectives, emphasis on study abroad, and yearly travel study trips, supported by honors scholarships.  Honors program students traveled to Ireland in 2015 and Peru in 2016.

Honors Research

Each honors scholar works with a 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 will culminate in a poster, podium presentation, or manuscript accepted for publication.

Honors Living and Learning Community

Students accepted into the Honors Program are eligible to live in the Wilson Residence Hall with fellow honors scholars in a living and learning community.

Honors Civic Engagement

Volunteer within the community and on campus by mentoring high school students interested in your area of study, tutoring other USciences students, or through a variety of other opportunities. First year honors scholars often travel during spring break to participate in the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge.  Find other service learning ideas at our service learning webpage.

Honors Colloquium

The Honors Program regularly invites scientists, authors, politicians, and artists to campus. You will have the opportunity to meet with them in small groups, share meals, and hear them speak at lectures or performances. 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’ll have the opportunity to register early for courses, ensuring you get the courses you need to fit into an honors schedule.

Honors Advisors

In addition to your regular academic advisor, you’ll also meet regularly with an academic advisor from the Honors Program Committee. Together with the committee, your advisor will help you devise your class schedule, plan travel and research, and identify service learning and mentorship opportunities.

Contact:

Stephen Moelter, PhD
Director, University Honors Program

Address:

Office Location: Kline Hall, Room 218
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7534

Email:

honors@usciences.edu