Honors Program | Briar Cliff University

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Briar Cliff creates a community for like-minded, motivated students to come together and share transformational experiences.

Why should you join the Honors Program at BCU?

  • Honors only classes. These have a smaller class size, compared to regular classes, and are structured to specifically challenge Honors students.
  • One-on-one research. Get hands-on experience working alongside distinguished faculty members on research projects. You might even get published!
  • Early registration for class. You'll get first chance to register courses each semester.
  • Serve on the Honors Executive Board. It's another great resume builder and chance to network.
  • Travel opportunities. See the world, traveling internationally and domestically with other Honors students on special academic field trips and mission trips.
  • Make a difference. Participate in Honors service projects and positively impact the community.
  • Graduate with honors. Receive recognition at commencement and on your transcript for completing the program.

Eligibility & Requirements


In order to be eligible for the Honors Program, you must be an incoming student (first-time freshman, transfer or part-time) who meets at least two of the following three criteria:

  • 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • The top 10 percentile of your high school class
  • ACT score of 26 or higher

Incoming students must also complete an entrance interview with honors Program coordinators. For more information, see the official Honors Program constitution.


As a Briar Cliff University honors student, you will be expected to:

  • Complete a total of 18 credit hours of honor courses or equivalent experiences; including participation in at least one "Honors Seminar" and customization of one course within your major or field of study.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.33 or above.
  • Complete 10 hours of community service each year along with a service project organized by the Honors Program.
  • Participate in a leadership role within the Briar Cliff or your own community 
  • Display a high level of character and act in accordance with the policies outlined in the Briar Cliff University handbook.
  • Participate in the Honors Program monthly meetings.
  • Participate in the senior research exhibition.

For more information, see the official Honors Program constitution.

How to Apply

Apply online by clicking the link below, or pick up a paper application in the office of the Honors Program advisor.

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