The Honors Program is more than an academic program; it is a diverse community passionately committed to education and learning from one's peers. Through interaction in the Honors seminars and colloquia, and Honors retreats and events, students have ample opportunity to form friendships with their fellow classmates. This creates a unique sense of community, an "Honors family" within the larger Gonzaga community.
The Honors Community
Arguably the best part of being an Honors student is having the Honors family. In the first months of college life, being a part of the program provides a catalyst for forming friendships with classmates. In sophomore, junior, and senior year, the friendships within the Honors Program are often some of the closest friendships formed during college.
Faculty and Students
Honors students cut across all ideological, geographic, socioeconomic, and ethnic lines. The Program prides itself in its diversity of perspectives and personalities. It includes students from private and public high schools who major in a wide variety of disciplines. Program graduates are regularly placed in highly competitive graduate and professional programs throughout the country.
Honors faculty members are a selectively rotated cross-section of Gonzaga's most experienced professors. These professors' profiles and personalities are as diverse as the students', providing a strong balance between classical and progressive teaching methodologies.
Honors Program in the Gonzaga Community
The Honors Program also cultivates a sense of civic responsibility and service to those less fortunate. Honors students have traditionally been very involved in wider student life, particularly in theater, choir, music ensembles, student government, and the student newspaper. Some Honors students have also played important roles in retreat programs through University Ministry and First Year Student Orientation through the Department of Student Development. All Honors students are expected to have some involvement in the wider University.