Honors is a place where you belong.

First-Year Honors Students at Cambridge Dumpling Festival

Honors provides exceptional opportunities, enabling curious, motivated students to flourish in a vibrant community of support and exploration.

The diverse opportunities and dedicated support we provide for student engagement in scholarship, discovery, creative enterprises, global exploration, community-building, and leadership are proven ingredients for advancing students’ intellectual, personal, and professional growth. Through personalized mentorship, we help students to define and achieve their unique professional and personal goals. And, we prepare them to use their boundless imagination to address the most significant challenges confronting today’s world.

Honors requirements are designed to enrich and complement – and not significantly increase— students’ academic programs. To earn University Honors Distinction upon graduation, students must complete 6 Honors requirements, including an Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar course, and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Students can satisfy the 6 requirements in a number of ways, e.g., through Honors seminars, Honors sections of courses offered by departments, faculty-mentored research or creative projects, global experiences, or through our new experiential, Inside the Honors Studio series.

An “Honors thesis” is not required; however, Honors funding is available for students who perform an approved Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis.

Because Honors courses can often satisfy requirements for one’s major as well as Northeastern’s core curriculum (NUpath), even students in intensive academic programs find completing Honors requirements to be easy.

Honors courses feature learning that extends beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries— and classroom walls. Taught by world-class faculty, Honors seminars for first-year and upperclass students (each limited to 19 students) examine contemporary topics or timeless questions, such as state violence and human rights, challenges and innovation in healthcare systems, or technological influences on human life. Each semester brings a new menu of interdisciplinary topics.

Experiential learning is a critical component of all Honors courses. Students delve broadly and deeply in the topic as they conduct projects, community service, invent new products, prepare an article for publication or a piece of art for exhibition, and in some cases, travel abroad with the professor.

So, while Honors courses are indeed rigorous, given their enriched and innovative curriculum and personal attention from professors, they are not “harder” or more time consuming.

Research and creative endeavors are important facets of an Honors student’s undergraduate experience and the University Honors Program enables students to begin such experiences, under expert faculty mentorship, as early as their first year, with funding through the Honors Early Research Awards initiative.

Additionally, students can propose to perform advanced scholarship, creative, or entrepreneurial endeavors and receive funding through the Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis and Honors Propel Grant. Further, the Honors Conference Travel Award supports students who are lead authors of presentations given at professional conferences.

In addition to all of the global experiences that Northeastern offers, which span virtually every continent, we offer an additional set of Dialogue of Civilizations exclusively for Honors students. Dialogues are 6-8 week, 8-credit hour, faculty-led summer programs dedicated to the examination of a particular topic or question, set in relevant cities or countries across the world. Every summer, Honors offers its own set of Dialogues featuring dynamic learning experiences that enable you to explore happiness and sustainability in the Nordics, contested identities in Northern Ireland, or human rights in Germany, and more.

The University Honors Program provides generous support for students’ exploration of the world. Honors students entering Northeastern in Fall 2020 will enjoy a fee waiver (covering travel, housing, and educational activities) for a Dialogue of Civilization during their first summer. Students are still responsible for tuition.

In addition, Honors students entering in Fall 2020 will also receive an Honors Global Bank Account that can be used for two additional global experiences during their studies.

All first-year Honors students live together in the East Village Residence Hall, the newest of all of Northeastern’s residence halls, with suite-style (typically two double bedrooms with a private bath) and incredible views of Boston.

Each floor is home to two Honors Living Learning Communities (LLCs), engaged communities of about 25 students organized around a central theme. Each LLC is coordinated by a faculty or professional staff member and an upperclass Honors student, who help students create exciting community-building events related to their theme. LLC themes change every year as admitted Honors students tell us what type of themed communities they’d like to see created. Recent themes include Exploring Boston: Arts & Culture, Technological Innovation & Creativity, Gaming, and Social Change & Empowerment.

In addition, two professors, Dr. Michael Hoppmann and Dr. Tom Vicino, further support Honors students in their role as Honors Faculty-in-Residence.

Honors students move into East Village a few days early so you can begin exploring campus and the city of Boston with your LLC. This first week– Honors Welcome Week— is chocked full of social and educational events (e.g., a Welcome Social, a launch activity for your LLC, and more) that culminates in First Pages— an event in which the author of our common read addresses the entire first-year class. The First Pages selection for Fall 2020 is Dear America, by Jose Antonio Vargas. More information about summer Orientation and Honors Welcome Week will be available this summer.

The Honors community is a vibrant and innovative space in which students’ personal, intellectual, and professional development is nurtured. Honors empowers students to contribute and benefit in many meaningful ways.

  • You can create your own workshop for other Honors students at HEIST (Honors Exchange of Ideas, Skills, & Talents)— a student-directed learning festival. You can serve as a leader of an Honors Living Learning Community, supporting first-year students in their college transition.
  • You can introduce prospective students and their families to Honors as an Honors Ambassador.
  • You can also lead programs for the Honors community as an Honors Program Assistant.
  • Upon graduation, you can even serve as an Honors Alumni Mentor to Honors students.

In short, there are many, many ways in which you can develop leadership skills while deepening your role in the University Honors Program community!

Find out more about what it’s like to be a Northeastern Honors student here. And, please take a look at the stories of some current Honors students which highlight the ways that Honors has enriched their college experience.