The Plymouth State University Honors Program cultivates an enriched academic experience for a diverse group of highly motivated students in a challenging environment consistent with the University’s motto Ut prosim (That I may serve). The core elements of the program are:
- Small honors-level sections of general education classes that allow students more contact with faculty, and the opportunity to pursue both greater intellectual depth and risk-taking,
- An active learning environment of like-minded peers,
- Experiential learning opportunities such as field trips and participation in campus cultural events,
- Individualized independent capstone project with a faculty member in the student’s major, supervised by an honors thesis committee, and
- A capstone celebration during the senior year.
Our program is a fusion of academic achievement, socialization, and building community relationships. Social bonding is a crucial aspect of developing as young professionals; and giving back to the community and forming social networks, as well as focusing on academic achievement play an essential role in becoming a well-round and active citizen.
Admission to PSU’s Honors Program
Students in the top 10 percent of their high school class, or whose combined SAT scores are at least 1200, are automatically invited to apply to the Honors program. Also, students already on campus may direct questions or concerns, and submit an application for admission to Dr. Clarissa M. Uttley, chair of University Honors.
Completing the Program
To graduate with University honors, students in the program must:
- Complete four honors classes,
- Maintain an overall GPA of 3.25,
- Participate in at least one community service project or cultural event every semester, and discuss their experience on the Honors Mahara page, and
- Defend their honors capstone project before the Honors Thesis Committee
Departmental Honors opportunities
In addition to the University Honors Program, several departments have their own honors programs. Psychology, Business, and Biology majors should review the following webpages about department-specific honors programs:
PSU is an institutional member of the National Collegiate Honors Council