Honors Program

Kutztown's distinctive Honors Program is open to qualified students in all major fields. The Honors Program is designed to provide academic and leadership opportunities.

The program, which is undergraduate in nature and open to full-time students, is comprised of a minimum of 21 credits in Honors courses including a senior Honors capstone project. The 21 Honors credits count toward the students' minimum of 120 credits that is regularly required for graduation. Honors students select specially designed Honors courses, course-by-contracts, independent studies, and internships to earn Honors credit. Students are also required to complete 30 hours of community service before graduation. 

Prospective students who have applied to Kutztown University and have been identified as potential Honors students based on their high school record and SAT scores, transfer students from other Honors Programs, and incumbent students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, qualify to join the Honors Program. The Honors Program at Kutztown University offers an enriching academic and social opportunity for high-achieving students.  

Kutztown University Honors Program Mission Statement


The Honors Program at Kutztown University is dedicated to providing high-achieving students with opportunities to engage in scholarship, leadership, and service. The goals of the Honors Program are to:

  • Actively engage and challenge students throughout their undergraduate careers, preparing them for study in graduate and professional schools, careers, and a lifetime of intellectual growth
  • Expand students' intellectual horizons beyond the classroom by promoting participation in undergraduate research, study abroad programs and internships
  • Help students develop leadership skills that will benefit the Honors Program, the university, and the community
  • Provide opportunities for students to initiate and participate in service projects that will strengthen their civic engagement and enhance the University and community