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Honors Program

Dare to know! Join the D'Youville honors program, connect with a community that shares your passion and curiosity for scholarship.

The D'Youville Honors Program is about more than just academic achievement — it's about thinking for yourself and taking your knowledge out into the world in exciting, innovative, and liberating ways. It’s about connecting what’s happening in your classes to the world at large. If you want to join a community of passionate learners who are ready to get more out of their education, the D'Youville Honors program is for you.

Benefits of the Program

The Honors Program offers participants the opportunity to learn and grow alongside other highly-motivated and passionate students. Organized into cohorts, students join a fun and supportive learning community, forging what will hopefully be lifelong bonds.

  • Priority registration
  • Parking discounts
  • Tickets to Kavinoky Theater
  • Tickets to the Just Buffalo Writing Center’s Babel series
  • Honors dinner
  • Community service projects
  • $2000 scholarship distributed over 4 semesters
  • And more!

Admission to the Program

The Honors Program is open to both incoming and continuing students in any major at D'Youville. The application is competitive, with strong applications showing evidence of internal motivation, potential for growth, and commitment to critical thinking and creative problem-solving. 


Students interested in learning more about the D'Youville Honors Program should contact:
Dr. Brandon Absher
Director of the Honors Program and Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office: School of Arts, Science, and Education Building, Room 251

Before starting your application, please be sure to have your information, contact information for your two references, and your two essays available. 

Essay Topics (250-500 words, each):

  • Question 1: Often how we see things depends on where we’re standing. As ancient Greek Heraclitus enigmatically expressed the point: “The way up and the way down are one in the same.” Describe a time when you experienced a shift of perspective. What changed? What stayed the same?
  • Question 2: In recent years, Bob Dylan has won a Nobel Prize for literature and Kendrick Lamar has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Popular music is being recognized for the power of its poetry. Choose a lyric from your favorite song and explain its significance to you. What about the song moves you? How does your chosen lyric fit into the whole?  

Deadline to Apply: TBA