Honors Program
The Benefits of Being In Honors

Students Gather in the Front Room of the Honors HouseFor many students, the non-academic benefits of the Honors program prove to be just as meaningful as the seminars. As a member of the Alfred University Honors Program, you can expect to be surrounded by bright, talented, creative, and energetic students from the start of your first year. There’s no way we can detail all the perks of being an Honors student, but here are some of the highlights:

Big Siblings
Soon after your acceptance in the Honors Program, you’ll be “adopted” by an upper class member of the Honors program who will answer any questions you may have via phone or e-mail. Before the start of classes in late August, you’ll have lunch with the other first year student members of the program and finally meet your “big sibling” at the Death By Chocolate reception for new and returning students, held annually at the Honors House.

Image of food at 2008 Halloween Party
Halloween Party at Honors House
The Honors House
8 Park Street (The Honors House) is an important part of life as an Honors student. The comfortable couches provide a relaxed setting for seminars. The study room is a great, quiet spot to study and work. Over the years, the residents who have lived there have hosted a variety of events including cookouts, Halloween parties, and dinners for friends. Up to five students can live in the Honors House each year; they are selected from among program participants.

Academic Recognition
“Alfred University Scholar” will appear on your transcript and be printed on your diploma. This will be a plus if you apply for graduate school or are nominated for a Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall or other scholarship.

Thesis Funding
There is financial support available to defray costs relating to your Honors Thesis.

Taffy Pull at the Honors HouseSpecial Events & Activities
Honors Students learn together – but they play together, too. The Alfred University Honors Program is an active body which provides many activities for students to engage in. We have service events, educational discussions led by AU professors, Games Nights at the Honors House, as well as social events. Students have many opportunities to become involved in these ongoing activities and events

Road trips are popular, too. Two or three times a year, Honors students have an opportunity to attend a variety of out-of-town cultural events: we've seen David Sedaris, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and Young Frankenstein. In the past, we've seen "Evita," "Into the Woods," "Phantom" and "Les Miz," among others. Trips are always preceded by dinner out. We've sampled Thai, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, and Greek restaurants.


Dr. Gordon Atlas, Director
Alfred University Honors Program
Seidlin Hall
Alfred University
1 Saxon Drive
Alfred, New York 14802

Ph: 607.871.2924
Fx: 607.871.2831