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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.

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