Honors Program


The Honors Program at Rochester University provides unique academic and extracurricular opportunities for gifted and high-achieving students. Our goal is to cultivate virtues that will allow students to flourish, both in the classroom and throughout their lives.

Why Participate in the Honors Program?

Honors courses bring Rochester University’s most academically gifted students together in one classroom, offering a dynamic learning environment that is characterized by interdisciplinary learning, low student-teacher ratios, and stimulating class discussions.

Courses offered in the Honors Program satisfy general education requirements, so participation in the Honors Program is not an extra requirement on top of a student’s required curriculum. These courses simply offer the opportunity to fulfill general education requirements with more focused and engaging topics and classroom environments.


Every Honors course a student takes will be designated as such on their official Rochester University transcript. Students who participate in the Honors Program are eligible to be recognized at Rochester University’s annual academic awards ceremony and will receive Honors cords to be worn at graduation. The requirements for this recognition are as follows:

  • Honors Scholar
    • At least 14 credits of Honors coursework completed
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Distinguished Honors Scholar
    • At least 20 credits of Honors coursework completed
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.5


Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to enroll in Honors courses and participate in the Honors Program.

  • Incoming freshmen — ACT score of at least 27, SAT score of at least 1290 (not including the essay), OR cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Transfer students — Cumulative transfer GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Existing RU students — Cumulative Rochester University GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Anyone interested in joining the Honors Program should fill out the application linked below.

Honors Program Application

Any further questions should be directed to the Honors Program Director, Dr. David Greer.