University Honors Program

Scholarship Leads to Success

The University Honors Program is designed for highly motivated individuals who wish to foster their love of learning in challenging environments where they are surrounded by students who share their drive and determination. Honors students are actively involved in campus life -- leading student organizations, conducting research with faculty, mentoring other students, and volunteering in the community. 

Graduates of the program have gone on to enroll in competitive graduate and professional programs, run their own businesses, or hold leadership positions in their companies.

Showcase Your Scholarship 

Working closely with a faculty advisor, students complete a senior thesis based on their interests and career goals and present their findings at research conferences or publish their work in academic and professional journals. Fellowships are available to fund student travel expenses to present their research at national conferences.

Take Your Classes Together

The 27-credit program includes priority registration and honors-only sections of two core courses of the student’s choice as well as all four of RMU’s communication skills classes: Argument and Research, Public Speaking and Persuasion, Professional Communication in the Workplace, and Intercultural Communication. An honors seminar or study abroad experience and the honors thesis courses provide the capstone of the curriculum.

Living Learning Community

Students can live in the honors residence hall, and a dedicated Honors Student Center is reserved for study and socializing. Faculty-led roundtable discussions, networking lunches, book discussion groups, and other events contribute to a lively intellectual community. Students can suggest and plan future events through the Honors Student Advisory Council.

Patriot Scholarship

Opportunities for additional academic scholarships are available for honors students in good standing. The Office of Postgraduate Opportunities will assist honors students in applying for competitive fellowships and scholarships for graduate school.

How to Apply

The University Honors Program invites applications from incoming freshman and transfer students as well as current RMU students. For incoming freshmen, priority consideration is given to students with excellent high school records, an SAT score of 1270 or higher, cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, and graduation at or near the top of their class. Transfer students must have completed at least 30 credits with a GPA of 3.5 or higher at their current institution; the type of institution and previous participation in an honors program will be taken into account. Review of applications begins March 1. Decisions are announced after April 1. 


Director: Monica VanDieren, Ph.D.
Associate Director: Sylvia Pamboukian, Ph.D.
Specialist: Lindsey Sobolosky