Honors Program Mission Statement

Director: Dr. Andrew Martino (2010-present)

Mission Statement:  The mission of the University Honors Program is to encourage, communicate, and reward academic excellence at SNHU.  To that end, the Program offers enhanced learning opportunities as well as scholarships to students who demonstrate a high level of interest, initiative, and ability.  University Honors Students are encouraged to be actively involved in their own education.

Aspects of the Program:

  • Students participate in academic experiences that encourage maturity in learning via self-motivation, discussion, and independent study.  These experiences include seminars, small-group classes, and independent study with a full-time faculty mentor.
  • A year-long, interdisciplinary honors seminar in the sophomore year exposes students to unique academic subjects unavailable in the usual curriculum.  Classes are labeled HON 201 & 202.
  • Honors modules attached to normally-offered courses allow students to study selected topics in more depth than would ordinarily take place.  Students choose the courses they wish to enhance in this way.
  • Honors sections of regularly offered classes, capped at 17, add depth to subjects that are part of the usual curriculum.  These courses are offered across the university.
  • A year-long independent study in the senior year on a topic and with a faculty mentor of the student’s choice encourages Honors students to follow their interests.  The study may be in the student’s major or not, at the student’s discretion.
  • The University Honors Program offers students a substantial scholarship each year, pending their continued high academic achievement.  University Honors students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Students are offered the opportunity to attend a variety of field trips throughout the academic year.
  • University Honors students are future leaders.  Many students in the program act as tutors, Resident Assistants, University Ambassadors, and members of the University Honors Committee.
  • The University Honors Program offers its students an “Honors Lounge,” open only to those in the program.
  • The University Honors Program offers its students early registration each semester.


*The above has been adapted from the 1996-1997 Honors Program Handbook, written by Dr. Robert Craven