Eligibility & Academics
If you are able to demonstrate a high level of academic ability and motivation, we encourage you to apply. The selection process weighs several factors, including ACT/SAT scores (ACT or equivalent of 26 or above), high school GPA (3.5 or above), extracurricular involvement, and demonstration of writing ability. If you are currently enrolled at CBU but are not a member of the Honors Program, we encourage you to apply if you meet the above requirements or feel that you have other academic qualifications that make you eligible.
There is no hard deadline, but students are encouraged to apply by March 1 for fall admission to the program.
At CBU, our Honors curriculum is designed to create space for CBU students to enter into a deeper understanding of special topics and courses designed to reflect our Lasallian Principles. Each semester students accepted into the Honors Program take at least one special-topics course offered only to a limited number of Honors students by an instructor carefully chosen for his or her teaching expertise. Honors courses explore important topics in depth, often through a multi-disciplinary approach, and while the pace and the workload will demand self-motivated students, the small size of each Honors class insures ample group discussion and individual interaction with the instructor. Besides taking honors classes, members of the Honors Program participate in various co-curricular activities to complement their classroom experiences to advance their learning through special programs held on campus and off campus, including regional honors conferences.
Work closely with professors & learn from the best!
By being a student in the Honors Program, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with scholars and professionals in a variety of disciplines. From learning from their expertise, to interactions in the classroom, each year CBU students consistently say one of their favorite aspects of the Honors Program is the honors faculty & classroom experiences!
Graduate with Honors & prepare for your future career!
Membership in the Honors Program is based on participation academically and holistically. To earn a CBU Honors Program Honors Diploma, you must meet all participation requirements and take at least seven honors classes including Humanities 498 (Honors Capstone), and graduate with a 3.2 GPA.
CBU Honors Program Diploma Requirements
Living on Campus
Want to live in community with your fellow honors students? The Honors Living Learning Community is the fit for you! Live amongst other students in the Honors Program while studying, deepening relationships, and connecting with other students at CBU!
Each semester, the honors program hosts a handful of activities to engage honors students! From academic, to leadership, to professional development, and social engagement and beyond, these events are meant to crystalize your honors program experience and advance your development as a whole person!
Leadership & Professional Development
Honors Peer Mentorship Program
As a Peer Mentor, students meet, connect, and establish a strong relationship with their fellow peer, creating a strong support system for each students as they transition to college and find their groove on campus!
Students are encouraged to apply to serve as a peer mentor to their fellow students in the Honors Program! Each year, a group of committed students are selected to serve as Honors Peer Mentors to incoming students in the program.
Odyssey Mentorship Program
An initiative of the CBU Honors Program, the Odyssey Mentorship Program serves to enhance Junior and Senior honors students’ professional development, career, and life knowledge. Its mission is to provide an opportunity for students and experienced professionals to engage in a one-on-one learning partnership. Mentors serve as advisors, connectors, and supporters as students work to develop and accomplish their academic, professional, and life goals.
Research & Conference Opportunities
As a member of the Honors Program, you will have an opportunity to participate in research opportunities and attend conferences where you can begin to build your network with like-minded scholars in your field of study.
Honors Board of Directors
Students are encouraged to apply to serve on the Honors Board of Directors, the student programming board! As a member of the BOD, students will be given an opportunity to develop the skills and competencies needed to thrive in their post college. As an individual serving on the BOD, students will learn how to lead meetings, host events, coordinate programs, and develop strong communication and strategic planning skills!