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Honors Program

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

 

Opportunities to Connect with the Honors Program

Take the opportunity to learn more about the University of Delaware Honors Program. Learn firsthand from current honors students about their  research, their travel experiences and their enriching experiences within the honors community during your on-campus visit or virtual session.

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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.  

The priority deadline to apply to the UD Honors Program is Jan. 15. Applications received after Jan. 15 will be considered as space is available. Decisions for the Honors Program are sent separately from the offer of admission to UD.

Within 48 hours of submitting your UD application, you will be emailed instructions on setting up your student portal, My Blue Hen Home. There, you will notice a link directing you to the honors application, which includes an additional essay. To review the essay prompts that appear on the honors application, see below.

PREPARE YOUR HONORS ESSAY

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).

The UD Honors Experience

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Challenge

  • 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.

 

 

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Enrichment

  • 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. 
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Community

  • 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.

 

In Brilliant Company

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Katie Johnson

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.

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Olivia Powell

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.

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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.

 

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Ryan Doyle

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.

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Jaina Patel

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.

 

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Ariel Hannum

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.

LEARN MORE

Honors admission decisions are made by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you have any questions email admissions@udel.edu.