Benefits of Membership

Here are just a few of the many benefits of joining the Wood Honors College.

  • Small, Intellectually Stimulating Classes: The Wood Honors College allows students to excel academically with small, engaging classes that encourage active learning. Honors classes are limited to 20-25 students, which allows for more personal interaction between students and faculty, lively discussions, and creative assignments.

  • Honors Recognition on Transcript and at Graduation: Honors students' transcripts include an Honors designation, and students receive an Honors medallion to wear at graduation ceremonies as well as recognition in the graduation program. 

  • Expanded Undergraduate Research Opportunities: Through its freshmen orientation program and Honors Writing Intensive First-Year Seminar, the Wood Honors College helps students get started on undergraduate research projects. Students who complete independent research projects have a significant advantage in gaining employment and admission to graduate school. 

  • Study Abroad Opportunities and Scholarships: The Wood Honors College offers scholarships to help defray travel costs for students who study abroad. Two Honors students are also chosen each summer to spend several weeks abroad with fellow Honors students from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. 

  • Seminars on Career Development and Graduate Schools: Through programs like Pizza with a Prof, Honors students explore career opportunities in informal dinner meetings with faculty. The Wood Honors College also sponsors seminars to assist students who are interested in applying to graduate and professional schools. 

  • Special Activities: The Honors Student Organization plans several recreational activities each year, including trips to New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

  • Meetings with Distinguished Visitors: Through the program Uncommon Conversations, Honors students are able to meet in small groups with distinguished speakers who visit campus. Past speakers have included Academy Award-winning actor James Earl Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker.

  • Priority Scheduling: Honors students schedule classes before other students on campus, which allows them greater choices in their selection of courses and professors.