What Makes Honors at Northeastern Unique?

It’s our philosophy that blends knowledge and practice; the amazing array of opportunities we provide for scholarship, inquiry, and creativity; the generous resources we provide for all forms of exploration; our commitment to fostering students’ personal growth and well-being; and unwavering excellence that sets the Northeastern University Honors Program apart from the rest.

Learning That Happens Everywhere

At Northeastern, learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom—it happens in the residence hall, the laboratory and artistic spaces, the local community, distant lands, and all the places in between. This is a major value of our university, but Honors takes it further by providing students with unique resources to enable students to quickly immerse themselves in these distinctive forms of learning—and to reflect upon the significance of these experiences for their personal development.

Experiential Learning

In the University Honors Program at Northeastern, learning comes alive through the blending of knowledge and practice. Our experiential learning philosophy lays at the heart of several unique opportunities that enable Honors students to engage in interdisciplinary research and creative endeavors under the guidance of university faculty, community-based service learning, as well as faculty-led global experiences that integrate classroom learning and application within a global context.

Integrated and Student-Directed Learning

Following our educational philosophy that integrates learning and practice, we empower Honors students to direct their own learning in pursuit of the passions that fuel them. With the University Honors Program providing a vast array of opportunities, along with necessary resources and mentoring, students have the freedom to select opportunities to create a distinctly personalized educational journey.

For example, students may create their own constellation of experiences that may include mentored opportunities to conduct advanced, interdisciplinary research and creative projects, build intellectual communities with like-minded peers, engage in service, or participate in select research assistantships with university faculty.

Global Citizenship

Honors students are encouraged and supported to take advantage of the many global, experiential opportunities that Northeastern and Honors offers them—without boundaries or barriers. Through Honors Dialogues of CivilizationAlternative Spring Break service-learning projects, or global co-op, Honors students are given the means and support to engage with the broader global community in which they inhabit.

Personalized Growth through Guidance and Support

With so many opportunities to choose from, and with the liberty to define one’s own learning journey, Honors Advising provides personalized guidance and support so that students can take full advantage and truly become the architects of their own futures.

Through one-on-one conversations grounded in developmental and reflective dialogue, and the SAIL learning framework, Honors Advising is one of the cornerstones by which Honors students are assisted to customize their educational plan and integrate curricular and co-curricular learning.


Honors students are prepared and empowered to take on leadership roles throughout their Northeastern experience.  From designing social and educational experiences for their peers as Honors Program Assistants, reaching out to prospective students as Honors Ambassadors, mentoring students in Honors Living Learning Communities, to taking part in workshops designed to foster leadership, communication, and team-building skills, Honors students have enormous opportunities to build personal leadership competencies in ways that align with their interests and goals. And, in the process, Honors students promote one another’s development and shape the future of the University Honors Program itself.

Networked Communities

Honors students grow a complex network of connections and support that can last a lifetime. Beginning with their first day on campus, Honors students are part of a theme-based Honors Living Learning Community with a small group of peers who share a particular interest. From there, Honors students develop additional networks, through their small-enrollment Honors Discovery and Honors Inquiry courses, Honors sections of departmental courses, and various groups and clubs. As upperclassmen, Honors students benefit from the Honors Alumni Mentoring Network, which can provide doorways to additional professional opportunities and networks.