Honors Programs

Honors Programs

Xavier challenges students to reach their fullest potential. Our honors programs help students refine their academic focus, expand their interests and unlock new possibilities. Applications to apply to Xavier University honors programs will open October 1.

Program Descriptions

We nurture students’ passion for politics, government, and community through rigorous interdisciplinary study in philosophy, history, economics, political science, and beyond. Ask big questions in your classes, intern with a political campaign, in government, or with a non-profit, advance public policy through personal engagement with decision-makers, and learn first-hand about the world through study abroad.

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Honors Advantage

All honors programs offer participation in a unique community of highly-motivated students and top-notch professors. The programs are challenging but the rewards great, and the amenities are designed to support the stepped-up expectations.

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Post-Graduate Resources

Xavier honors students pursue a variety of ventures after graduating. Typical post-graduate opportunities include medical and law school, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and graduate school.

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Admission to university honors programs is separate from the general admission process. Interested students should apply to the program of their choice by December 1st to receive their honors admission decisions by the new year.

Applications will open on October 1.


Admission to Xavier University honors programs is competitive. Admitted students generally rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class and present composite scores of at least 1300 (SAT) or 29 (ACT) if they choose to submit their standardized test scores. In addition to the guidelines for academic scholarship, prospective students need to complete an application form, which includes a brief essay or project. An interview may also be requested at the discretion of the program director. 

Application to Xavier Honors Programs for Fall 2022 is test-optional. Applicants will be equally considered regardless of score submission. The choice to include or exclude ACT/SAT scores from consideration is made in the initial application to Xavier. If students do choose to submit their scores as part of their initial application to Xavier, those scores may be reviewed for consideration to honors programs.