Since 1936, the Honors Program has provided an enriched educational experience for the university’s most talented students. Only a small percentage of freshmen are invited into the program each year. Honors students are academically and professionally aspirational and ethical leaders in their communities.
Interdisciplinary in design and international in scope, Loyola’s Honors Program offers a dynamic general education that enables our students to bring many perspectives to real world problem-solving, in the Jesuit tradition. Faculty craft intensive courses that refine analytic and communication skills. The formal curriculum is supplemented with many cultural excursions and service opportunities. You can read more about the curriculum and requirements and our award-winning teaching faculty on our website.
As an Honors student, you will come into contact with Loyola’s most effective teachers, our most exciting researchers, and, of course, our most talented students. You’ll benefit from priority registration each semester; individualized advising; small class sizes; and faculty mentorship. As the highest academic distinction awarded by the university, the Honors Degree commands special acknowledgement. Candidates are identified separately in the commencement program, and the official transcript identifies all Honors courses.
The Freshman Year Experience
Honors Freshmen are housed at Francis Hall and Regis Hall, modern facilities located on the southern end of campus, close to the lake and the city. In residence, you’ll have many opportunities to connect intellectually and socially with students majoring in fields from across the university and joining us from across the US and the globe. Together, you and your friends will make your way through the Honors Freshman Seminars, reading Darwin’s The Origin of Species and visiting the Art Institute of Chicago as a group. You can learn more about the freshman Honors residence experience here.