The Honors Program at DU

The University of Denver offers a challenging Honors Program for talented students who seek an advanced liberal education, lively dialogue with their peers and faculty on important issues, study abroad in first-rate universities, and inspiring in-depth work in their majors. The aim of the program is to challenge students to cultivate strong habits of critical thinking, creativity, and scholarship and to offer close support for advanced work. Students in the Honors Program have the best of both worlds: the small classes and close community of a liberal arts college and the opportunities and resources of a research university.

Our community is composed of around 350 talented and motivated students who reflect all majors and diverse interests. They are involved in all aspects of university life, often participating in the Pioneer Leadership Program, and other LLCs and organizations on campus. Many join us as already accomplished Boettcher Scholars. Most students also choose to live on the Honors floor. Upon successfully completing the program, our students graduate with University Honors. Along the way, they benefit from a stimulating academic and social community that allows them to make the most of their undergraduate experience.

Mission Statement

The University of Denver’s Honors Program fosters an intellectually engaged and vibrant community of students, staff, and faculty. It promotes a distinctive broad and liberal arts education that challenges students to cultivate depth in critical and creative thought, and facilitates students’ original contributions to intellectual life, their community, and their chosen field.

Opportunities for Honors at DU

In addition to participation in the Honors Program and receiving University Honors, students at DU may pursue other avenues for distinction, including Distinction in the Major, Dean's List and Hornbeck Scholars, Latin Honors, and membership in several Honor Societies


Honors News


     Spring Model UN

    After hosting the high school delegations our Model UN Team is all smiles!

    Join our DUH! Facebook group


     Congratulations Honors graduates!  Awards and recognition for members of the Honors Program, 2013 - Kudos!

  • Upcoming Events

    Honors Registration
    Monday May 12 beginning at 8:00 am

    Pizza and Advising

    Monday May 5 from 4:00-5:00 in Mary Reed 1

    Annual Honors Ice Cream Social 
    Wednesday May 21 on the West Terrace of Mary Reed from 4:00-5:00

    Graduating Senior Reception - family members welcome!
    Friday June 6 at 4:00 in Mary Reed 17

    RSVP to Shawn for any or all of these events


  • Pioneer Book Group
    The last book of the year:  In the Lake of the Woods, by Tim O'Brien.  Contact Katie or Elspeth to learn more.
    Thanks to Katie Brown, Gabe Goodman, and Elspeth Sweatman for your guidance these last two years.  Welcome Ryan Carson and Carlie Derouin as next year's leaders!


    The Voltaire Society
    Our last event of the year was Dining Out for Life at 730 South - a fun ending to a great year! 

    Voltaire Presents -?Hitchcock Profile

     What kind of films would you like to see?  Hitchcock?  Foreign films?  Cult films?  We're awaiting guidance from one or two honors videophiles    

     If you'd like to help guide us next year, please contact Shawn and see The Voltaire Society.


    Extreme Academics
    completed another great year. For more information contact Shawn Alfrey or join the Extreme Academics group on Facebook.



Honors Opportunities at DU

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