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Honors Program

​Thank you for your interest in Jacksonville University’s Honors Program!  The 2015 Honors application and interview signup is now available​.

The Jacksonville University Honors Program is designed to challenge and stimulate academically-talented, highly-motivated students. Through course work and enrichment activities, select faculty and students create a close community within the University which supports outstanding scholarship, personal growth and service. Exposed to unique leadership and academic opportunities which round out their education, students are guided to reflect on their beliefs and values and set goals by beginning a personal development portfolio in the Honors Colloquium.

The Honors seminar exposes students to interdisciplinary experiences and encourages them to make connections among varying domains of knowledge. To cap their Honors education, students may develop their independence and creativity by completing a research project or creative production within their major and receive Honors credit. The program also offers opportunities for cross-cultural and international experiences on and off campus.

JU Honors graduates have gone on to attend Yale University Law School, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other prestigious graduate and professional schools. Many have earned graduate fellowships and scholarships. Others are building careers in the arts, business, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, teaching, science, public service and a wide range of entrepreneurial endeavors.

Additional Opportunities

Students in the Honors Program enjoy additional advantages:

  • Honors Colloquium focusing on values, with senior peer mentors
  • Interdisciplinary seminars
  • Community of student scholars
  • Trips to conferences of honors students and faculty
  • Close personal advising from Honors faculty
  • Guaranteed placement in Oak Hall, the newest residence facility on campus
  • Priority registration
  • Support for research
  • Cross-cultural experiences
  • Graduation “with University Honors”- the University’s highest honor


Selection to the Honors Program is competitive, with 25 new students selected each year. To be considered, you must have a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA. In addition, you must be a first-time freshman entering JU in the Fall 2015 term.



Students competing for the Honors Program are automatically considered for the following scholarships:

William J. Porter Honors
Presidential Honors
Jacksonville University Honors

How to Apply

1  Complete online application for admission to Jacksonville University.
2  Complete online application for the Honors Program.
3  Submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores.
4  Submit at least one letter of recommendation from one of your current teachers.
5  Send a copy of a graded paper (at least 250 words), from your junior or senior year, that you developed for one of your academic classes. Please be sure to put your full name on this paper. 
6  Finalists for the Honors Program will be invited to the campus for a personal interview with the Honors Selection Committee.

For more information, contact Dr. Janet M. Haavisto, Director of University Honors and Enrichment & Professor of English at 904-256-7178 or​