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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. 

The Book Group
The Book Group is onto their next book, The Association of Smalls Bombs, by Karan Marhajan.  For information contact Ellie or Maya.

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

Upcoming Events

The Annual Honors Banquet, Wednesday - 4/11, 6-7:30, ECS 5th floor.  Associate Professor of Alison Schofield will share her scholarship on the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are currently on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Please RSVP to

Upward Bound Workshop #5:  Fellowship/Mentorship:
Come learn about fellowship options from mentors across campus.
4:15-5ish Wednesday May 16, AAC 340 (the loft). with pizza!
Please RSVP to  For more info please go to the Extreme Academics webpage or join the group on Facebook) 

Pizza and Advising - 4/23 from 4-5 location TBA.

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Paddle Boats - two afternoons in May, 5/14 and 5/15 at 3:30, Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Don't forget the paddle boats!

Ice Cream Social and Croquet - 5/23,4-5, Mary Reed Circle

Graduating Senior Reception - 6/8, 4-5, Mary Reed 1 and 17