The Saint Vincent Honors Program brings together students from across the college who share a vigorous commitment to intellectual life. The backbone of the program is the set of Honors courses that enable such students to pursue a liberal education characterized by intense conversation and work with dedicated professors. We are also seeking to form a broader intellectual community, where the ideas that students explore in the classroom take on a life of their own in the lives of our students.
Honors students have the opportunity to participate in special extracurricular activities, including evening discussions and cultural excursions. They also interact with faculty outside the classroom, providing for support and mentoring throughout (and sometimes beyond) their time at Saint Vincent. We hope to develop and expand these opportunities in the coming years and are excited about the talented group of students we serve.
Our professors design classes in the Honors Program to challenge and reward students who seek substantial intellectual development in college. The quality, not the quantity, of work distinguishes Honors classes from other courses.
The Honors Program provides a special, congenial setting for your intellectual growth, both during classes and extracurricular events. Activities include:
During previous semesters, Honors students discussed current science issues over dinner with astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Vatican astronomer Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. (above), and Joanne Rogers (wife of the late Fred Rogers), and participated in poetry readings and discussions with faculty. Students of the Honors Program have also traveled to New York City and driven to Washington, D.C., for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Supreme Court.
Honors students in majors with a senior research or capstone project will be strongly encouraged to present their work – both in a special colloquium at Saint Vincent College and at professional meetings in their research areas.
Students seeking to graduate as Honors Scholars must take a minimum of five Honors classes plus the Honors Seminar. Students may remain in the Program if their GPA remains above 3.0 and they continue to participate in Honors classes and at least one major Honors Program event per year.
Honors Program Course Rotation
Every Fall Semester
TH 119 First Theology
Every Spring Semester
EL 102 Language and Rhetoric
PL 101 First Philosophy
ND 400 Honors Seminar
Fall Semester (odd years)
Fine Arts OR Theology
Spring Semester (even years)
Natural Science and laboratory OR Social Science
History (200 - level)
Fall Semester (even years)
History (100 - level)
Social Science OR Natural Science and Laboratory
Spring Semester (odd years)
The application period is now closed for freshmen entering Saint Vincent in Fall 2021.
Acceptance to the Honors Program at Saint Vincent College will be based on your academic work, along with evidence of your motivation to pursue challenging course work. If you are not initially accepted to the program, you can reapply at a later date using additional materials.
Fr. Brian D. Boosel, O.S.B., Ph.D.
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650
As a first-year student, you are invited to apply to the Honors Program. The Honors Program Admission Committee will review the high school transcript and the ACT or SAT score that are part of your general application to the College, as well as the materials listed in the How to Apply tab, which may be submitted online.
Application materials must be complete before students will be considered for the program.
The deadline for receiving your completed application is February 15, and successful applicants will be notified by March 15. Later applications may be accepted, but may not be considered if the program is filled.