The Saint Joseph's University Honors Program is built on the Jesuit ideal of realizing the full extent of a student's moral and intellectual capacities. The program offers a unique mixture of individual and team-taught courses, taught by outstanding faculty who are engaged in original and influential research.

The Honors Program is committed to the maintenance of a strong scholarly community, which encourages a distinct sense of identity among its members. The Honors advising system assures that faculty are closely involved in assisting students to choose a plan of study that suits their goals and interests. The Honors Student Advisory council gives students an opportunity to influence the administration of the program and to plan its social calendar. Operas, ballets, orchestral concerts, theatrical performances, museum trips, lectures, and receptions provide students with the chance to meet and mingle and to introduce them to fresh venues of creative expression.

University resources, such as library holdings, computer labs, and career counseling centers, ensure that both faculty and students have the support necessary for a distinctive and comprehensive education.

Uniting all of the activities of the Honors Program is the conviction that, in John Henry Newman's words, "a cultivated intellect, because it is a good in itself, brings with it a power and grace to every work and occupation which it undertakes, and enables us to be more useful, and in greater number."

We urge you to take advantage of the Saint Joseph's University Honors Program. As a participant in this program, you will realize the full advantages of a university experience by discovering and developing your own "power and grace."

Students who are admitted into the Honors Program receive many special benefits, including:

  • A student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1
  • Advanced registration for classes
  • Dedicated Honors suites in residence halls, which allow like-minded students to live together, even as freshmen
  • Opportunities to present research and creative work at national conferences and seminars
  • The most up-to-date information regarding scholarship and funding opportunities for graduate and professional work
  • On-campus receptions, concerts and lectures specifically for Honors students
  • Team-taught courses, which allow distinguished faculty members to share their knowledge and expertise with students in a challenging academic environment
  • 24-hour access to Claver House, a quiet retreat where Honors students can work