Bloomsburg University Honors students having fun at the beginning of the school year.

Honors Program FAQs


I plan to do honors in my major. Is that the same thing as being in the Honors Program?

While some majors at Bloomsburg University may have honor societies, these organizations are typically reserved for juniors and seniors who make specific GPA and service minimums. Honor societies are membership organizations and may charge fees. The Honors Program distinguishes itself from these major-specific organizations by fostering a true community of high-achieving students in a four-year, academic-based program that is open to all majors and all class levels (freshmen through seniors).

Is the Honors Program open to all majors?

Yes! We welcome students from all majors.

What will the Honors Program admissions committee look for when it reviews my application?

First, we'll look for the basic application requirements outlined here. But beyond that, we'll look for characteristics we've found to be true of most Honors students. Are you curious? Inquisitive? Open to new ideas? Are you up for adventure? Do you read for pleasure? Are you a hard worker? Do you genuinely like to learn? If you answered yes to many if not all of those questions, then you'll probably be a great Honors student.

When will I hear about my Honors status?

Once you submit both your application to Bloomsburg University and your online Honors application, we'll look for your supplemental materials (see the notes at the bottom of the online Honors application) to arrive in a timely manner. Once those materials are received, your application will be reviewed by the Honors Program director, Dr. Julie Vandivere. PLEASE NOTE: We may contact you once or twice about missing materials, but it is your responsibility to ensure these materials are sent to the program, either by email or mail. If you are unsure if your materials have been received, please contact us at sthonors@bloomu.edu.

If Dr. Vandivere gives your application initial approval, we will contact you via the email you provided on your application to schedule an interview. If you provide your Husky email address (@huskies.bloomu.edu), please be sure to check that email frequently. Two Honors students will conduct your interview by phone, FaceTime, Skype, or, better yet, in person.

Within two weeks of your interview, you will receive a letter of acceptance or denial by mail.

Is there an additional fee for participating in the Honors Program? 

No additional fee or tuition is required to participate in the Honors Program.

Will being an Honors student increase my work load?  Will I be taking on too much?

The Honors Program works to challenge you academically and help you to excel in ways other students in your major may not. But remember, the Honors courses you'll be required to take are designed to replace (not add to) what would be your regular General Education requirements. While these classes are slightly more challenging than regular General Education courses, students typically enjoy them, as they offer smaller class sizes and a discussion-based format. Plus, they're full of students with similar academic goals.

In addition to taking five Honors courses, you'll be required to complete an additional capstone project, as well as participate in civic engagement every semester. But that’s it. The truth is, most students find it easy to adapt to these additional requirements and say the benefits of being an Honors student far outweigh the extra work.

Keep in mind, too, that our Honors faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring that every Honors student succeeds. Should you find yourself struggling, our Honors director will work with you to find a tutor or faculty member who can assist you in meeting all of your academic goals, while still completing your Honors requirements.

What grade point average must I maintain to remain in the Honors Program?

A 3.0 cumulative GPA minimum is required to remain in the Honors Program. If you fall below this GPA, you will be placed on Honors academic probation, and you will have one semester to raise your GPA to the 3.0 minimum.

I am a student athlete and plan to participate in a varsity sport. Will I be able to handle the Honors Program and my athletic commitments, too?

We have had quite a few athletes successfully pass through the program, and we encourage all of our students to take advantage of the many sports and other extracurricular opportunities the University offers. We will do our best to make accommodations for practices and any games/matches/meets you may have, as well as work with you to ensure you have time to meet your requirements for civic engagement.

Will I be required to live in the Honors Learning Community?

Yes, you are required to live in the Honors Learning Community. Transitioning to college life can be challenging, and living in a place with students who share your academic abilities will help to make your transition easier. There are many advantages to living in Honors Housing. For example, you will have 24 hour access to the Honors Center that contains, among other things, a high quality laser printer, computers, additional study rooms, white boards, and limited kitchen facility. Not to mention, some of your classes could be taught in the center, so on a cold day, you can roll out of bed and stumble downstairs to class. In addition, Lycoming is the hall closest to the dining facilities and to the bookstore.

The Honors Learning Community is located in Lycoming Residence Hall and is coed by wing (one women’s wing and one men’s wing) with a communal bathroom for each wing. Honors housing is typically quieter than you’ll find elsewhere, and residents are more respectful of study times.

Can I study abroad as an Honors student?

Yes! In fact, we strongly recommend that all of our students study abroad. In fact, the Honors Program organizes a four-week trip to Central Europe every winter semester, What's more, nearly every Honors student receives funding to make this opportunity affordable. When you take advantage of this Honors experience, you’ll earn credit studying at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, make an unforgettable visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oświęcim, Poland, and travel to at least five additional major cities throughout Central Europe and sometimes beyond.

Of course, Honors students are also encouraged to take advantage of all the study-abroad opportunities the University offers.

Can I visit Honors classes and meet Honors students?

Yes! If you would like to schedule a week-day visit to campus, a student worker or volunteer will take you on a tour of the Honors Learning Community, as well as arrange an opportunity to sit in on one of our Honors courses. To request a visit, simply contact sthonors@bloomu.edu.

 

Learn more about the Honors experience.

 

Ask an Honors Student Ambassador

Want to learn more about the Honors Program before you apply? Talk to one of our Honors student ambassadors.

Honors student ambassadors are upper-level students who can answer your questions from a been-there-done-that perspective. Contact us to schedule an appointment to talk to an ambassador by phone or to meet and talk with you on a campus visit.

Honors Student Ambassadors
sthonors@bloomu.edu | 570-389-5481