Honors Program

The Bryant University Honors Program offers its members a personalized, distinctive experience that enriches their academic, social, cultural and professional talents in a mentor-oriented environment.

Academically-talented students with a proven record of achievement are invited to join the Bryant University Honors Program. These exceptional students along with dedicated faculty comprise a community of scholars who are committed to pursuing an enriched educational experience. Successful completion of the program results in the student being recognized as an Honors Program graduate, a distinction that is noted on his or her Bryant University diploma and official academic transcript.

More than twenty courses have been designed specifically for The Honors Program. While some of the Honors courses are adapted from standard courses and others are developed around unique topics, all are enhanced by additional course material, group projects, stimulating discussions and/or special assignments. These honors-designated courses are intentionally scheduled with smaller class sizes to afford students opportunities to interact with peers and professors.

Invitation Eligibility

First-year students qualify for an invitation to the Honors Program with a minimum SAT score of 1200 (math and verbal)/ACT 27 and one of the following: a class rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class or, a grade point average of at least 3.60. Students transferring from another institution with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better from college-level courses may also be invited to participate in The Honors Program. Current Bryant students interested in applying to The Honors Program must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.4 after the completion of 30 hours of credit along with letters of recommendation.

Graduation Criteria

To be an Honors Program graduate from Bryant University, students must successfully complete a minimum of 24 credits (eight courses) of honors course work.

Each student must successfully complete the course HON490:Honors Senior Capstone Project as part of the 8 course requirement. This capstone course requires the submission and approval of a formal proposal. Along with a faculty advisor, the student will complete a research-based project during his or her senior year. The subject matter and topic can be selected by the student with the approval of a faculty advisor in a designated academic department.

To graduate as a member of the Honors Program, students must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and an Honors GPA of at least 3.2.

HON490 Honors Senior Capstone Project

Honors Program seniors, under the guidance of a faculty committee (as specified in program guidelines), will develop a thesis or project to serve as a capstone for their Honors Program courses. The proposal will be presented to the Honors Program Coordinator in the student’s junior year. It will include specification of the department to which credit will apply in the student’s academic program, and signed approval from the Department Chair is required. The complete proposal will be reviewed by the Honors Council and approved by them after any suggested revisions have been made.

The student will work on the project during his or her senior year and will submit a progress report to the Honors Council at the end of the each semester. When the project is completed, it will be submitted for approval to the Honors Council and presented formally in a public forum. The capstone course will be reviewed, evaluated, and graded by the faculty committee.

Students will formally register for HON490 in their senior year. All student names and primary advisors will be made known to the Undergraduate Advising Office early in the student’s senior year. (3 semester hours of credit.)