University Honors Program

The University Honors Program emerges from Hamline’s mission. It is an opportunity for students to make the most of their undergraduate careers by pursuing academic excellence, undergraduate research, community involvement, and individual development. Students who participate in the University Honors Program seek out academic challenges, create community with one another, and find their achievements recognized and validated. They exemplify the way Hamline students pursue and prepare for lives of leadership, scholarship, and service.

There are several forms of honors with which students can graduate:

  • University honors: University Honors reflect the completion of a comprehensive program that honors Hamline’s mission, values, and vision. Students who have fulfilled requirements in four areas—academic excellence, undergraduate research, contributions to community, and development as a lifelong learner—graduate with University honors.
  • Latin honors: Latin honors reflect a student’s GPA. Students who have 52 or more credits graded on an A–F scale and meet the following overall GPA requirements graduate with Latin honors: 3.50–3.74: Cum laude; 3.75–3.89: Magna cum laude; 3.9 and above: Summa cum laude. Students pursuing University Honors can also achieve Latin honors and can apply this distinction in the category of academic excellence.
  • Departmental honors: Departmental honors reflect the completion of a major research or creative project. Students who successfully complete a Departmental Honors Project (DHP) in their major graduate with departmental honors. Students pursuing University Honors can also achieve departmental honors and can apply this distinction in the category of undergraduate research.

University honors

University honors are organized around four pillars: Academic excellence, research experience, contributions to community, and development of the self as a lifelong learner. Students must achieve in all four pillars. In your application, you will be asked to reflect upon and describe two ways you might fulfill each pillar.

University honors applications are due twice a year, in early December and late April. You can sign in with your Hamline email address to access the form. You will not be able to save and return to the application once you have begun.

If you have any questions about the application process, content, or format, please contact Susie Steinbach, university honors director at

Departmental Honors Projects

A Departmental Honors Project (DHP) is a rigorous and fulfilling way of pursuing a long-term research project in your major. DHPs may emerge from sophomore- and junior-year courses, study-abroad experiences, collaborative research projects, or students’ intellectual passions. Students usually begin formal work on DHPs in the spring of junior year, and complete the DHP in the spring of the senior year. To learn more about DHPs in your department, consult your advisor and your department chair.


Honor societies

External fellowships

Whether or not you're pursuing University honors, strong students who plan to pursue postgraduate study should consider applying for fellowships and scholarships. Consult the list below, and contact for more support.

Domestic study opportunities

Overseas study opportunities

Contact information