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


     Model UN Delegation 2013

    Welcome back from DC, Model UN!

    Join our DUH! Facebook group


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

  • Upcoming Events

    RSVP to Shawn for any or all of these events


    Annual Honors Banquet with guest speaker Prof. Nancy Wadsworth
    Monday January 13 at 6:30 in the Craig Hall Community Room
    Prof. Wadsworth's topic:  "Adventures in Political Theory, Climate Change, and the Zombie Apocalypse"


    Study Abroad Cafe - come share your experiences!
    Thursday January 27 at 4:00 in the Olin Rotunda


    Pizza and Advising
    Monday February 3 fro 4:00-5:00 in Mary Reed 1


    Passport to Paris - French Masters at the DAM
    Friday February 7 at the Denver Art Museum with dinner following at Mad Greens


    Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
    Thursday February 20 at 6:30 at the DCPA
    Dessert to follow at the Market  

  • Pioneer Book Group
    A different kind of "Graphic Novel":  In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote.  Contact Gabe Goodman to learn more.


    The Voltaire Society
    Thanks to Nick Rossiter and Jenny Park, Voltaire is off to a great start!  Stay tuned...  For more information on The Voltaire Society.

    Voltaire PresentsHitchcock Profile

     What kind of films would you like to see?  Help organize this year's film festival.    



    Extreme Academics
    will launch its 2014 series of events with an Opportunities Fair TBA  All students who want the chance to build their academic resume are invited to participate.  For more information contact Shawn Alfrey or join the Extreme Academics group on Facebook.



Honors Opportunities at DU

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