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Edinboro University to unveil Honors College

Posted on March 3rd, 2020 at 8:56 AM
Edinboro University to unveil Honors College

EDINBORO, Pa. – Starting with the fall 2020 semester, Edinboro University’s honors program will formally transition to an Honors College, adding a common multidisciplinary curriculum. 

Edinboro students enrolled in the Honors College will have an opportunity to choose from among Edinboro’s 114 majors and benefit from a common 24-credit honors curriculum which includes three team-taught, multidisciplinary seminars focusing on the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. 

Honors students will complete an experiential learning capstone, informed by their seminars and tailored to each student’s interests and career aspirations. 

“As scholars within the Honors College, our students will be guaranteed a shared academic experience – taking newly created courses that are challenging, engaging and each having a unique focus,” said Dr. Roger Solberg, Edinboro University Honors College director. 

Solberg said that with each incoming class of Honors students will progress through the curriculum as a cohort, allowing that opportunities for collaboration. In fall 2019, 125 incoming students enrolled in the University’s honors program.  Their average high school GPA was 3.92 and their average SAT score was 1210.  

“The transition to an Honors College will not only provide a richer intellectual environment, it will enhance the sense of community that is so important to the goals of the College,” said Solberg, who has taught English at Edinboro since 1989 and became director of the honors program in 2017. 

Honors College students will have access to study-abroad opportunities, preferential class scheduling, peer-mentoring programs, consideration for honors-only scholarships and academic seminars. 

“Identity in the American Experience,” the first Honors seminar, will explore the question of what it means to call oneself an American – in terms of both group and individual identity. Students will investigate the topic from the perspective of several different academic disciplines.  

Two additional honors seminars will examine ethical issues arising from human interaction with the environment and technology ("Issues in Human and Natural Systems") and the causes of human suffering and attempts to alleviate that suffering ("Crimes Against Humanity, Humanity Against Crimes"). 

“Throughout high school, I was always interested in being in a group of students who were also high-achieving and always striving for more,” said Gabriella Keebler, Edinboro graphic design student. “That seemed pretty evident in this program.” 

Honors College students will have the opportunity to reside in a Living-Learning Community dedicated to honors students. 

“Through living on the Living-Learning honors floor, I have met my best friends on campus – and we still all live together,” Keebler added. “Through this, we have also taken honors courses together. It’s been a big community of people you can study with and enjoy spending time with.” 

New first-year and transfer students receive automatic admission consideration to the Honors College if they have earned a combination of 1200 SAT (or 25 ACT) and 3.5 GPA or 1100 SAT (or 22 ACT) and 3.75 GPA. 

Learn more about the Edinboro University Honors College at www.edinboro.edu/honors.