Honors College


The Edinboro Honors College encourages high-achieving students like you to push yourself beyond expectations to meet your academic and career goals. In this rich and creative environment, you'll have the freedom and flexibility to define your own Edinboro experience.

For Those Who Strive


Our Honors students go far beyond what they learn in the classroom.

"College is the time to get out of your comfort zone, do things by yourself, and take steps to further yourself, not just as a student but as a person."

Sydney Moore, Fine Arts, Painting Concentration

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Why Join Edinboro's Honors College?

Our Honors College recognizes excellence across academic disciplines and strength in all types of learning, creativity, talents and experiences. This is your time to make the most of all that Edinboro has to offer!

As a student in the Honors College you will gain:

Read about the requirements and important documents you'll need for maintaining your status in the Honors College.

Experience Excellence

Scholars earn 14 Honors Options Points to graduate with an Honors diploma through courses, service, research and creative projects, enrichment opportunities, off-campus study and more.

Exclusive Academic Courses

Building on the strengths of Edinboro's renowned Honors Program, the Honors College introduces a curriculum offered exclusively to Honors students. Interdisciplinary Honors seminars, taught by outstanding faculty, explore topics that connect your academic experiences to broader questions about your place in the larger world - as members of a global society, as consumers and creators of arts and culture, and as stewards of the natural systems that shape our planet. The seminars focus on important and timely social, scientific and ethical issues.

Research and Conference Presentations

As an Honors student, you will complete semester- or year-long research or creative projects, present your work at regional or national conferences and pursue publication in peer-reviewed academic journals. Recent projects range from the study of traumatic brain injury in the National Football League to designing and creating functional, beautiful furniture for people with limited mobility.

Service Opportunities

Working to benefit the campus and local community, Honors students design and take the lead on regional community service projects, such as initiating a pen-pal project with a local high school, assisting with the Academic Decathlon and working with University food service to create an organic vegetable garden on campus.

Off-Campus and Study Abroad Opportunities

Honors students study and serve nationally or abroad for a summer, semester or full academic year. For example, Honors graduate Jacob Trinca, a Secondary Education - Social Studies major, was selected to represent Edinboro on a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Honors trip to Vienna and Sarajevo, where he traveled, participated in community service, and learned about navigating a new culture.


Only incoming high school graduates admitted to the Honors College are eligible for renewable Honors College Academic Scholarships or one-time Housing Waiver scholarships.  These awards are in addition to the one-time $1,000 Honors College Award Scholarships.

Contact Us

Honors College
Butterfield Hall, 3rd Floor
310 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
Email: honors-edn@pennwest.edu
Phone: 814-732-2981

Dr. Lenore Barbian
Associate Director
315 Butterfield Hall
Email: lbarbian@pennwest.edu
Phone: 814-732-2981