Expand Your Intellectual Horizons
The University of Delaware Honors Program is an opportunity for academically talented and motivated students to take advantage of the resources of a major research institution while maintaining the feel and attention of a much smaller university.
As a UD Honors Program student, you will be leading class discussions, conducting innovative research, writing papers worthy of publication and tackling some of the most challenging topics in your major and beyond.
The Many Benefits of the UD Honors Program
✓ University-wide, open to all majors
✓ Small honors courses
✓ Freshman living-learning community
✓ Close connections with faculty
✓ Opportunity for research funding
✓ Register first for classes
✓ Residential peer mentors
✓ Honors advisement for complex combinations of majors and degrees
✓ Engaged honors alumni network
The UD Honors Experience
- Small, rigorous honors classes with active learning and engagement with the faculty.
- Challenging curricula.
- Preparation for competitive graduate programs and supporting students in their pursuit of Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Fulbright and Goldwater scholarships.
- Recognition of honors coursework through the general honors award, the honors degree and the honors degree with distinction.
- Excursions to local labs, businesses and theater and music performances.
- Study abroad opportunities specifically for honors students.
- Service learning and volunteer work.
- Funded research opportunities for all majors.
- Honors Enrichment Awards to fund internships, research projects and unique student experiences.
- Alumni connections for discussions, panels, networking and mentorship.
- First-year honors housing in Redding Hall.
- Residential peer mentors plan events for the honors community and act as an academic resource.
- Honors community programming: ice cream on the porch, study breaks, day of service, pizza with the prof, and more.
- Collaboration between UD Honors Program students, faculty and staff.
- Opportunities for honors housing as upperclassmen.
Graduating after only four years with both a bachelor's degree in public policy and a master's in public administration (4+1 program), Katie will travel to Iceland and Brussels to complete a doctorate in disability law and policy.
A mechanical engineering major, Class of 2019, Olivia traveled to the Philippines to restore wells and to Morocco to examine architecture. She's now off to a Ph.D. program at Columbia University.
Victor Ramirez Delgado
A physics major, Class of 2021, Victor moved from Venezuela passionate about unlocking the secrets of the universe; at UD he's worked in a faculty lab analyzing data from a radio antenna pointed at Jupiter.
As a music major, Class of 2021, and a World Scholar, Ryan spent much of his first two years traveling Europe, inspiring him to compare the linguistic differences of choral conductors from around the world.
Graduating this year with a double degree in economics and political science, Jaina believes her excellent writing skills will serve her well when she starts law school at George Washington University.
A biomedical engineering major, Class of 2020, Ariel traveled to the Netherlands to explore how the same devices used for medical diagnostics can be used to examine priceless paintings.
Apply to the University of Delaware Honors Program
Students interested in applying to the UD Honors Program should first complete their application to the University of Delaware, either through The Common Application or the Coalition application. When prompted, indicate your interest in the UD Honors program on either application. For more information on UD application requirements, click here. To apply to UD, click here.
Within 48 hours of submitting your UD application, you will be emailed instructions on setting up your student portal, My Blue Hen Home. If you indicated interest in the UD Honors Program, or if you fit the academic profile of an honors student, you will notice a link on your student portal directing you to the honors application, which includes an additional essay. To review the essay prompts that appear on the honors application, see below.
To apply to the UD Honors Program, you will be asked to write an essay answering each of the following prompts.
Question 1: Creating a community is a hallmark of the Honors Program. Outside of academic pursuits, please tell us a few ways you intend to contribute to the Honors community (300 words or less).
Question 2: The Honors Program values a talented and diverse student body. Please tell us five interesting facts about you (50 words or less).
Honors admission decisions are made by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you have any questions email email@example.com.