Honors students sitting at conference table

The Honors Program invites academically gifted students into intellectual rigor through a distinctive curriculum taught in small seminar classes. Honors-programming includes community classes that offer an integrated sequence of themed courses, Core- and upper-division seminars, independent research and a capstone senior experience. 

Each year, the Honors Program enrolls 140 to 150 students, a select group that comprises less than 10 percent of the total undergraduate student body. It is open to undergraduate students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering and the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. 

This community revolves around common intellectual experiences and extra- and co-curricular activities. It also provides a platform for outstanding faculty to bring forth innovative pedagogy and inquiry across disciplines and colleges.


The Honors Experience by College

While Honors students share classes with like-minded students from across disciplines, they also walk a distinct academic path through one of Villanova's four undergraduate colleges. Learn more about the college-specific Honors experience.


Applying to the Program

Students interested in Honors should apply to Villanova by November 1 to be considered for the program. Applicants interested in being considered for the program must indicate this on the member section of the Common Application. Students admitted to Villanova University are invited to the Honors Program by March 1. An additional essay is required for all students applying to the program.

This year’s applicant pool was the most competitive in the University’s history. Given the competitive applicant pool and the size of the Honors Program, we cannot accommodate all exceptional students. 


All questions regarding the application process, including the essay, must be directed to the University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions by email or phone (610-519-4000).



Scholarship Opportunities

Presidential Scholars Program

Presidential Scholars are transformational leaders both on and off campus who have demonstrated a love of learning and a commitment to enhancing both their local and broader civic communities.

Additional Merit-Based Scholarships

A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available for students who have demonstrated academic achievement and active participation in their school and the broader civic community.


Current Students

Individual Honors courses are open to all Villanova students who have at least a 3.33 overall GPA or will bring a special expertise to the course, contingent upon class size limitations. Permission of the Director is required for students not in the Honors Program. Please email us if you wish to be registered for a class.