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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.


Congratulations Honors graduates! Awards and recognition for members of the Honors Program, 2014 - Kudos!

Upcoming Events

Pizza and Advising 
Monday, October 13 from 4:30-5:30 in Mary Reed 1 

Tony-Award Winning play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Christopher Durang
Thursday, October 16 at 6:30 at DCPA with dinner and discussion by dramaturge Professor Allison Horsley at 4:30 at Pizza Republica

The Legacy of Wilderness Exhibit 
Wednesday, October 29 beginning at 4:30 at the Denver Public Library Main Branchwith dinner afterwards at Mad Greens with Professor Mike Kerwin

Pioneer Book Group
This year Ryan Carson and Carlie Derouin, with Gabe Goodman's help, will guide the book group. Our first book is The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht.  There are still books available in the Cave.  Meeting times TBA!

The Voltaire Society
Our first event - Chihuly at the Botanic Gardens with ice cream at Liks, was a big success!  Thanks to Ethan Draper and Nick Rossiter!  If you've got suggestions for other events please contact Ethan Draper. For more information on The Voltaire Society.

Extreme Academics
Come to our Opportunities Fair on Thursday, October 30 from 4:00-5:30. Location TBA. Learn about research opportunities through Undergraduate Research Center, CCESL, and others. For more information contact Shawn Alfrey or join the Extreme Academics group on Facebook.