Global Honors Program Perks
The Honors House
No, Honors students don't actually live in the Honors House, but it is our home away
from home on campus. It comes complete with a computer lab, wireless internet, comfy
couches, conference rooms, a game room, a projector screen with multi-media equipment,
and the Honors Lounge complete with an HDTV and Blu-Ray player. It is also the central
location to find any of the staff members like the Director, Secretary, Student Associate
Directors or Graduate Assistant.
More than just what it has in it, though, is what it represents. Honors is all about community and the House is where it all happens. When it's nice outside, we play games and have picnics on the front porch and lawn. We hold all of our group meetings here. There is always someone to see here or something going on and it's the perfect place to get away from the dorms and campus.
Community and Long-Lasting Friendships
If you ask any of our Alumni or current students, most will probably tell you that the best part about being in Honors is the community it provides. So many of our students met their very best college friends on their first day at the university in their freshmen discussion groups. We pride ourselves on being a team and a support network, and that becomes evident within your first week.
Freshmen Orientation and Early Move-In
There are roughly 1500 freshmen that will be moving into campus the Saturday before classes start. That's 1499 other cars that you have to worry about (provided each person only packs one vehicle and that tends to not be the case)! But guess what? You won't have to worry about that. Honors students move in on Friday. They only compete for parking spots with 89 other families spread out across campus. That makes a HUGE difference. On top of that, we will provide upperclassmen to move all of your stuff. Unless you feel like being generous, you don't have to lift a finger. We give you time to move in and then we get started right away introducing you to campus, town and other Honors students. By the time Monday comes and you are entering your first class, not only will you know where to find it, you already might know some people in it.
Sometimes scheduling classes can be a mad scramble to get what you want, especially for freshmen who schedule last. Not if you're in Honors. We schedule with the athletes and grad students meaning that you get any class you want at the times you need to have them. This is major for those type A personalities who pile academics, campus activities and fun clubs onto their schedules.
What could be better than coming to college? Coming to college and having someone give you money! Honors offers two types of freshmen scholarships, the Presidential and the Academic Honors, that you don't even have to apply for, each of which is worth $1000 per semester. The staff and Honors committee will decide based on your application. Presidential Scholars will continue to receive this until they graduate provided they stay active in Honors and keep up their GPA. Plus, the top five individuals in each upperclassmen class will receive a $1500 scholarship for the year.
Small Class Sizes
While most of the classes at LHU are pretty small in size with no more than 40 students, sometimes Gen Ed classes can have some pretty large numbers. Honors students take Honors designated Gen Ed courses that are capped at 20 students. This makes for much greater discussion and a better opportunity to really get to know the professors.
Since we are almost completely student-led, there are a ton of opportunities to improve the skills that employers and grad schools are looking for the most. We offer leadership training and a variety of speakers and discussions to help in the areas of leadership, followship and communication. It is some of the best hands on training you could receive at college and the reason our program has stood out in the nation for its innovation in involving students.
Summer Abroad Opportunities
Going abroad at any point of your college career is strongly encouraged by the Program, but to help you reach that goal, every year in collaboration with the other 13 PA State System of Higher Education (PaSSHE) Honors Programs, we send two students abroad for no cost whatsoever. Past trips have taken students to China, Ghana, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Germany, England, Egypt, Belgium, and France.
We are members of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Northeast Regional Honors Council. Each year we send students to do presentations at these conferences. Past national conferences have been in San Antonio, Texas, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Arizona, and Denver, Colorado. Past regional conferences have been in Annapolis, MD, Portland, Maine, Harrisburg, PA, and Baltimore, MD. Conferences are a great way to practice presentation skills and explore a new city, and definitely a lot of fun!
Our alumni are doing amazing things. And better still, most of them love to lend a helping hand to current students. The alumni network is a way for current Honors students to get in touch with former students to discuss a profession or maybe do an internship. We also invite our alumni back to give speeches on different experiences they have had since graduation.