Prospective Students

Prospective Students

The Honors Student Experience

Kira RoseA message from Kira Rose, 2020-21 HSO President and Civil Engineering major

Honor is a powerful word. Of course, honor signifies distinction, privilege, and esteem; honor is the leg up, the thirteenth in a baker’s dozen, and the cherry on top. But honor also denotes strength of character such as righteousness, dependability, and integrity. Honor is doing the right thing when no one is looking; honor is going the extra mile; honor is utmost achievement and maximum fulfillment. At Rowan University, Honor takes on even broader contexts and significance. The Bantivoglio Honors College boasts more than six hundred students, fifteen extracurricular interest groups and counting, dozens of Honors classes, as much free printing as your heart desires, and is expanding every day. Honors students can look forward to our completely free trips to museums and attractions in Philadelphia and New York City, a decked-out annual semi-formal dance, an entirely student run murder mystery dinner, a stipend to study abroad, and some of the most intimate and insightful academic courses on campus. But within the depths of the opportunities and resources Honors has to offer, one community is formed.

For me, it is the unity of the Honors community that I cherish most. Our oneness is in the electric air as the priority registration breakfast falls to a hush and the only sounds are hurriedly tapping fingers on laptop keyboards. Our congruence is in the artistic doodle masterpieces, formulaic marvels, and academic color-coded wonders proudly left on the Whitney lounge whiteboards. If the walls of the Honors wing could talk, they would tell of the uplifting messages on sticky notes that scatter the hallway during finals week, the wide-open doors of the Honors faculty offices, and the hundreds of hours of selfless volunteer work completed every semester. Recently after being elected to the Honors executive board my freshman year, I remember laying in the sun at the Honors end-of-year picnic with my two best friends whom I had uncoincidentally met through Honors. Stuffing my smiling face with free chicken nuggets and soft pretzels, I thought, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” But it did, and I can now attest as a rising senior that every moment I have spent on the Honors executive board and within the open arms of this Honors family has proved better than the last.

Our unified comradery creates social connection and our unique scholarly experiences add deep insight to our already profound educations. Honors provides the opportunities and support necessary for students to not only leave their comfort zones but to truly grow through every experience they encounter no matter the scale. More than a multifaceted word, Honors is a responsibility, an advantage, a powerful community, and a momentous chance.


Mikayla Santana, Psychology majorThe Honors community is always there for their members and prospective students. Advisors are always willing to answer questions and will help connect you with others who have a career similar to the path you wish to take.  The program gives you the opportunity to see what lies beyond the campus through its free trips to the MoMA and Philadelphia Museum of Art, which further your perspective on the arts in major cities. The Honors College is also about coming together to bring good to the community. Not only do you volunteer on Rowan’s campus, but you also have the opportunity to volunteer in the community of Glassboro and beyond. ~Mikayla Santana, Psychology major

  In support of the Honors student experience, we offer...
  • Priority registration
  • Honors cluster housing (optional)
  • Enrolling in educationally enhanced and/or unique Honors classes
  • Use of the Honors lounges and computer lab in The Whitney Center (includes free printing)
  • Funding to attend theatre, art gallery, instrumental and vocal concerts, and invited speaker presentations
  • Funding to participate in unique All-Honors activities
  • Partial funding to attend and/or present at academic conferences
  • Competitive funding for educational activities abroad
  • Competitive funding for Research Assistantships for independent research projects with a supporting faculty member
  • Competitive funding to travel to conferences, approved research and service activities (e.g. alternate spring break activities) within the United States
  • Extended library borrowing privileges
  • Having the Honors Studies concentration listed on student’s diploma

Full details about Honors guidelines can be found in Honors Guidelines.