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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 to 2017 graduate Ashlyn Stewart, winner of the National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Scholar Thesis Contest for her Interdisciplinary English/History Thesis, "Creating a National Readership for Harper's Weekly in a Time of Sectional Crisis." Ashlyn will talk about her project at the annual NCHC Conference in Atlanta in November.

Honors graduates! Awards and recognition for members of the Honors Program, 2017 -Kudos!

The Voltaire Society 
Voltaire is going strong!  Contact the Voltaire Society with questions or comments. 

Extreme Academics
The schedule for Winter and Spring quarters is on the Extreme Academics webpage and the Extreme Academics group on Facebook.

Upcoming Events

Honors Orientation (mandatory for all first year honors students) - 9/4/17 from 12-1 in Sturm Hall's Lindsay Auditorium.  Refreshments provided, parents welcome.

Honors Picnic - 9/14/17 from 4-5 in the Mary Reed Circle.  Prizes, food, fun!

Crimson Classic - 9/20/17 at 3:00 (information and the link to register here)

Extreme Academics/URC Opportunities Open House - 9/26/17 from 4-6 in the Engineering and Computer Science Building Room 510

Honors Retreat (recommended for all first year students not in an LLC or PLP) - 9/29-10/1 at YMCA Camp of the Rockies, Estes Park

Pizza and Advising - 10/9/17 from 4-5 in Mary Reed 1

Macbeth - 10/19 at 6:30 at the Denver Center for Performing Arts Space Theatre, dessert afterwards at The Market