Honors Program

The HLGU Honors Program has been established to provide academically gifted and highly motivated students with a course of study designed to engage them in a deeper, richer, academic experience while studying at HLGU. Honors courses seek to challenge students to think critically, and to stretch them by exploring complex issues related to the classic liberal arts disciplines.

The HLGU Honors experience is centered upon Sensus Plenior, the HLGU Honors Program student organization, which sponsors academic and social events throughout each semester. Through Sensus Plenior, honors students get to know one another and share in rich experiences which they will remember for the rest of their lives. Sensus Plenior is the campus leader in enhancing the life of the mind on the HLGU campus; that is, in encouraging students, faculty, and staff to think about, discuss and form opinions about issues important to a Christian worldview. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in a study abroad experience while they are at HLGU.

To be considered for acceptance to the HLGU Honors program students must have a 27 composite score on the ACT, be an admitted student to HLGU, and submit an application essay and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, administrator, or pastor. Student applications are reviewed by the Honors Admissions Committee and recommendations made with regard to admission on a rolling application basis, with applicants being informed as soon as possible after the review has been completed.

There are 21 semester hours required to complete the Honors Program, with most courses also fulfilling general education requirements. In addition, a three hour senior research seminar producing a paper to be presented at the annual Honors Colloquium is required for all honors students, for a total of 24 semester hours for the program. Each student who successfully completes the program will also receive an Honors Diploma proclaiming their achievement in addition to their regular HLGU diploma.

Honors students have available to them a monetary scholarship in addition to any other financial aid awards they are offered through the university. Application for this scholarship must be made annually and differs from the honors application one must fill out to be admitted to the program. A link for this application is available on the HLGU Honors web page.  A study abroad experience is highly recommended but not required for the completion of the HLGU Honors Program.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Online Application and Essay
    Your essay should be 5-7 paragraphs explaining how you expect to benefit from the program and what you expect to contribute. This must be submitted along with your online application. You are encouraged to compose your essay using a word processing form, then paste your essay into the application form online.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    Have the person recommending you email their letter of recommendation directly to the Honors Program Director.

For More Information

To learn more about the Honors Program, contact Dr. Sam Swisher, director of the Honors Program, or 573-629-3030.