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Honors Program in General Education

Widener's Honors Program in General Education brings together highly motivated undergraduate students and dedicated faculty who share a curiosity about the world and a sense of the adventure of discovery.


If you are in the top ten percent of your graduating class, have SAT scores of 1270 or higher in combined evidence-based reading and writing and math, or have a minimum ACT composite score of 26, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher, you may be invited to join the program as an entering freshman. If you're a transfer student, you can still participate if you still have general education requirements to complete.  Don't despair if your scores don't quite make the cut. If you display the necessary academic initiative, you may be invited into the program after the first or second semester of your freshman year.


Courses are designed to meet the needs of our general education requirements. And there are no prerequisites. To cover the broadest range of interests and topics available, honors courses frequently change from semester-to-semester. Students from all majors are able to complete the program.


As an honors student, you'll be assigned a mentor. Other benefits include priority registration, honors housing, and up to $2,000 in scholarship money. Honors classes are usually small courses led by enthusiastic and engaged professors. Honors students can attend a variety of academic and cultural events, like the Philadelphia Speaker Series.

If you complete the honors program you'll receive a Certificate of Honors in General Education or a Certificate of Advanced Honors in General Education. Graduates with honors recognition find that employers and graduate school admission officers look favorably on such distinctions when making hiring or admission decisions.


Schedule a visit to learn more about Widener's honors program.