Honors College

Edinboro University

At Edinboro, honors and opportunity go hand in hand.

Our newly established Honors College builds on the strengths of the longstanding Honors Program, creating an enriched environment where academically talented students can feed their curiosity and push beyond expectations.

As an honors student at Edinboro, you’ll have exclusive access to an advanced curriculum in small classroom settings and unparalleled experiential learning and interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Expert Faculty

Dedicated Honors faculty and advisors instruct, guide and inspire students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU honors students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel and internships.

Exclusive Curriculum

Honors students enroll in a 4-year sequence of Honors-only seminars taught by exceptional faculty members in small classroom settings. These interdisciplinary courses focus on timely social, scientific and ethical issues.

Make the most of all that Edinboro University has to offer by joining a diverse community of gifted scholars, inquisitive researchers and civic trailblazers.

What will you gain as an honors student?

Mentorship from exceptional faculty

Preferential class scheduling

Dedicated Living Learning Community residential experience

Consideration for scholarships and access to programs and scholarships sponsored by the National Collegiate Honors Council

Group trips to locations such as New York City, Niagara Falls, Washington, D.C., and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Extended library privileges

Exclusive study abroad opportunities

Peer mentor program

Excellence, defined.

The Honors College gives high-achieving students the freedom and flexibility to define their Edinboro experience. Honors students earn 14 Honors Option Points to graduate with an Honors diploma. Points are gained through courses, community service, research and creative projects, internships, off-campus study and more.

Academic Courses

All Honors students enroll in a sequence of four seminars that are exclusive to the Honors College. These interdisciplinary courses will take the place of selected General Education classes. The seminars, taught by outstanding faculty selected by the Honors College, will explore topics that connect the students’ academic experiences to broader questions about their place in the larger world—as members of a global society, as consumers and creators of arts and culture and as stewards of the natural systems that shape our planet.

Research and Conference Presentations

Honors students complete semester or year-long research or creative projects, present their work at regional or national conferences and pursue publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Recent examples include:

Biology: Measuring the effects that varying wavelengths of light have on bacteria.

Middle and Secondary Education: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Teaching about the Harlem Renaissance.

Art and Biology: Designing and creating functional, beautiful furniture and adaptive tools for people experiencing disabilities related to chronic autoimmune disorders.

Behavioral Science: Exploring the relationship between digital communication and social phobia.

Speech and Communication Disorders: Traumatic Brain Injury in the National Football League.

Human Genetics: A Study of Acute Lymphatic Leukemia.

Game Programming: 360-Degree Video Project for the Erie Philharmonic.

Economics: An Analysis of the impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Sea and Air Freight Costs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Elementary Education: The Effects of Virtual Reality on Writing Abilities in Grades 3 and 4.

Working to benefit the campus and local community, students design and take the lead on regional community service projects, such as helping the American Red Cross organize blood drives, or volunteering at the nearby Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center.

Off-Campus Study

Honors students are encouraged to study abroad and are given travel-study opportunities that are not available to other University students. Each year, two full Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Summer Honors Program scholarships are available for summer study abroad. This opportunity also includes a scholarship for six academic honors course credits related to the study abroad experience, taught by distinguished PASSHE faculty members.

How do you enroll in Edinboro’s Honors College?

Open to high-achieving students from all majors, the Honors College recognizes excellence across academic disciplines and strength in all types of learning, creativity, talents and experiences. New first-year and transfer students, as well as current students, receive automatic admission consideration to the Honors College based on the following criteria:

1200 SAT/25ACT and 3.5 GPA or 1100 SAT/22ACT and 3.75 GPA

Current Edinboro or transfer students applying for the Honors College must have a minimum GPA of 3.4 to apply.

Prepare for a rewarding career.


Edinboro University Honors College
Baron-Forness Library, 2nd Floor
200 Tartan Drive
Edinboro, PA 16444


Dr. Roger Solberg, Director
Email: rsolberg@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814.732.2981

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000