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Privileges, Benefits, and Special Recognition

Honors students wearing stoles

Academically Rigorous Curricular Opportunities

Honors Scholars have opportunities to pursue their academic interests and fulfill University requirements through the rigorous and interdisciplinary Honors Curriculum.

Honors Advisement and Priority Registration

Honors Scholars have access to individualized Honors Advisement and support with the Director of the Honors Program. Upon completion of each semester’s Honors Advisement session, Honors Scholars will receive priority registration for each respective registration period.

Opportunities for Peer and Faculty Mentoring

Honors Scholars will have opportunities for mentoring and relationship building with peer mentors and faculty mentors, which is invaluable preparation for graduate school and career development.

Opportunities for Leadership Development

The Honors Program offers Honors Scholars opportunities for leadership development and governance of the Honors Program through our student organized Honors Council or Honors Newsletter – The Carondelet Gazette.

Support in Opportunities for Conference Participation and Presentation

Honors Scholars have opportunities to access academic support, travel accommodations, and conference registration to present your Honors Capstone/Honors Thesis at the Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) Annual Conference, National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Annual Conference, or other professional conferences, individually or alongside faculty, as funding permits.

Support in National Scholarships, Research Funding, Research Publications, and Honors Awards

As a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the Honors Program provides assistance in the completion of applications for exclusive national scholarships, research funding, research publications, or honors awards such as the NCHC Portz Fellowship Award, NCHC Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (UReCA) web journal publication, NCHC Honors Newsletter Award, etc.    
       

Exclusive Co-Curricular Activities and Events

Honors Scholars will have opportunities to participate in exclusive co-curricular activities and social events engagement with colleagues and a cohort of academically likeminded students.

Distinctive Transcript Recognition

All courses in the Honors Curriculum will be denoted by an “H” or “HON”, which will be reflected on your Mount Saint Mary’s University transcript. Additionally, upon completion of the Honors Program, Honors Scholars will receive recognition of completion on their Mount Saint Mary’s University transcript with the notation: “[Student’s name] has fulfilled the requirements as an Honors Scholar of the Mount Saint Mary’s University Honors Program”.

Award Recognition on Mary’s Day & Special Recognition during Commencement

During the Mount Saint Mary’s University Mary’s Day where students receive the University’s highest academic awards, Honors Scholars will be recognized and receive their Honors Certificate and Honors Program academic stole (to be worn during commencement).

Official Letter of Verification from the Director of the Honors Program

Upon completion of the Honors Program, Honors Scholars will receive an official letter of verification on Mount Saint Mary’s University Honors Program letterhead. The letter of verification will include a brief description of the Honors Program as well as the following components as it pertains to the Honors Scholar:

  • A list of all completed courses in the Honors Curriculum
  • A brief description of your participation in the Honors Capstone
  • A brief description of your Honors Thesis and all corresponding presentations
  • A brief description of your leadership engagement in the Honors Program