Honors Programs

Data Science Honors Bachelor of Science

Xavier’s Data Science Honors program is an interdisciplinary effort of the Departments of Business Analytics and Information Systems, Computer Science, and Mathematics. This cohort-based honors program introduces the analytical and real-world need for data science. 

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Philosophy, Politics and the Public

Established in 2003, the Philosophy, Politics and the Public (PPP) Program prepares students for public service or pre-law professions.

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Smith Scholars Program

Established in 2018, the Smith Scholar Program is a Williams College of Business undergraduate cohort honors program.

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University Scholars

Established in 1971, the University Scholars Program provides academically challenging courses to a broad spectrum of students across the university.

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Entrance Requirements

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 2021 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.