How the Program Works
The Honors Program is designed to challenge students academically and also to engage them in a community of student-scholars. In order to help build this community, incoming honors students live together in Bergstrom Hall.
Incoming honors students also enroll in one of several special “honors” sections of a common course (HONR 101). This class satisfies a core curriculum writing intensive requirement, as well as serving as the foundational course for all honors students. As students continue in the program, they enroll in designated honors sections of core curriculum courses. These honors-only sections have an even smaller enrollment than traditional classes and are discussion based, which encourages closer professor-student interaction. An honors student completes six honors courses or experiences prior to graduation.
For detailed information on program requirements and scheduling, including a four-year paradigm, review the academic requirements.
Co-Curricular Activities & Events
Honors students have the opportunity to attend multiple honors events while at St. Norbert College. Events include an annual welcome picnic, a team-building/leadership event, Life Raft!, Honors Students Council social events, all honors meetings, and more.
Honors students receive priority registration, meaning they are able to register before other members of their class. Students’ registration times reflect this privilege. Honors students in the same class may receive different registration times because of the different numbers of credits they have earned (AP, transfer, etc).
Honors students are encouraged to study abroad or participate in an international experience such as a global seminar. Both a semester abroad and a global seminar may count as one of the six honors courses that students are required to take.
Honors Program Recognition
Those who complete this special course of study receive the designation “Graduate of the Honors Program” on their diploma and transcript. Each honors student is required to maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA or better to receive this citation.