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Honors Program

Embark on a journey for excellence

Join a Motivated Group of High-Achieving Students

Limited to the top 10% of each entering class, the Bentley Honors Program offers you access to:

  • Small, highly interactive Honors courses 
  • Dedicated faculty advisors supporting the Honors capstone project
  • Honors research fellowships, lab and/or fieldwork 
  • Co-curricular activities including field trips, internships and more
  • Automatic entrance to Advanced Standing Programs upon complete application typically as a sophomore status

Not only will you develop close relationships with your honors classmates, but you’ll also work with Bentley's most respected scholars and dynamic teachers and gain real-world skills. If you wish to apply or need more information, check out the Bentley Catalogue.

 

Learn about the Honors Program

Hear from Honors students about their experience in the program. 

Honors Handbooks

Fall 2023 Honors Handbook Will be Available in Summer 2023

Honors Handbook - Students arriving before Fall 2022

Honors Handbook - Students arriving Fall 2022

Honors Newsletter

Columnas: Our Award-Winning Newsletter

Undergraduate Research Day

Annual Undergraduate Research Day

Honors Program at a Glance

Mission and Vision Statements

Honors Program Mission

The Bentley University Honors Program offers a distinctive learning experience to a diverse community of Bentley’s highest academically achieving students who are passionate about exploring the world, are invigorated by inquiry, and driven to expand their horizons while giving back to their community both within and beyond Bentley.

Vision

The Honors Program provides participating students with an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to foster advanced intellectual growth and lays a foundation for lifelong learning. In a unique business school that values a strong liberal arts education, Honors students are enriched by their exposure to interdisciplinary approaches, experiential learning, and academic research. Honors students are expected to demonstrate leadership and initiative in their curricular and extra-curricular endeavors. Honors students have opportunities to integrate their academic life with an array of experiences that enhance their broader individualized learning experience.

Student Learning Goals

The Bentley University Honors Program empowers students to develop a lifelong commitment to intellectual curiosity and civic engagement while fostering an inclusive and supportive community to promote students’ success and well-being.

Intellectual Curiosity

  • Honors students engage in a challenging curriculum that prepares them to excel in their chosen field of study while utilizing a cross-disciplinary framework to develop creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Honors students continually seek opportunities to expand their breadth and depth of knowledge by participating in experiential learning, academic research, interdisciplinary study, global experience learning, and professional development.
  • Honors students produce an original Capstone project that allows for deeper exploration of a topic that they are especially passionate about. Honors students develop and deliver a presentation at the annual Honors Research Conference to educate the Bentley University community about their Capstone work.

Social and Ethical Responsibility and Civic Engagement

  • Honors students make a positive impact in their communities, both within and beyond Bentley, by completing a required service-learning experience and practicing the Core Values of Bentley University.
  • Honors students demonstrate integrity both inside and outside of the classroom by acting respectfully and honestly – Honors students follow the Honors Program Academic Integrity Guidelines and are expected to voluntarily report academic integrity charges to the Honors Program Director.
  • Honors students expand their cultural knowledge by completing a global experience.
  • Honors students may serve on the Honors Student Council and take on a leadership role by collaborating with the Honors Leadership Administration team, planning social and service events, and administrating student committees.

Fostering an Inclusive and Supportive Community to Promote Student Success and Well-being

  • Honors students value the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff – the Honors Program provides numerous academic, social, and service events to promote students success, learning, and well-being.
  • Honors students create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all to participate fully.
  • Honors students demonstrate a commitment to their holistic wellness by prioritizing their physical health, mental health, and personal well-being.
  • The Honors Program creates a community of care by providing a dedicated staff member to help students navigate and engage with appropriate campus and community resources to promote success both inside and outside of the classroom.
Program Requirements

Students in the Honors Program must complete the following requirements:

• Complete the 9 Honors Core courses
The coursework is typically made up of three Foundations of Success courses, three Context and Perspectives courses, and three Business courses.

• Choose and complete one Honors Pathway
The pathway options include the Creative Pathway, Community Service/Engagement Pathway, Corporate Immersion Pathway, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pathway, Economics Pathway, and Scholarly Pathway.

• Complete the Service Learning Requirement

• Meeting the overall GPA requirements:

End of the first full semester at Bentley University: 3.3
End of the second full semester at Bentley University 3.3
End of the third full semester at Bentley University 3.4
End of the fourth full semester at Bentley University 3.4
End of the fifth full semester at Bentley University to graduation: 3.5*

* All Honors students must graduate with at least a 3.50 overall GPA, regardless of circumstances.

For further policy information, please see the Honors Handbook.

Benefits

Essential benefits to all Bentley University Honors Program students include:

  • Smaller classes and the opportunity to work closely with faculty on research projects
  • Participation in undergraduate research through a required Capstone project that involves presenting at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Please see below for more information about the Capstone project and research opportunities
  • Access to events and activities to promote community engagement, including a Welcome BBQ, first-year mentoring program, off-campus trips to sporting and cultural events, and on-campus lectures
  • Opportunity to gain leadership experience by serving on the Honors Student Council
  • Honors student research funding
  • Dedicated Honors Program lounges and living communities in two Residence Halls, featuring specialized advising sessions, weekly game nights, and pizza with the Honors Team
  • Early class registration on your assigned day
  • Opportunities to travel to regional honors conferences
  • Honors specific career service counseling
  • Honors students have an opportunity to meet and hear campus speakers from various disciplines from the private sector, government, and academia

Conferences

Many of our honors students present their Capstone and other research projects in conferences outside Bentley. Every year, the Honors Leadership team grants a small stipend to a few selected students working on their honors capstone projects. Students have also received travel funds to conduct research as well as to present their projects in local, national, and even international conferences.

Leadership and Service

Honors students at Bentley are smart, motivated and dynamic. Because of this, many of our students attain position on campus, from student government, resident assistants, club and academic groups, Greek life, student ambassadors, or athletics, leadership opportunities are plentiful for students within the Program.

Leadership opportunities exist within the Honors Program as well. The Program has a Student Honors Council (SHC) composed of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Class Representatives. The Council is selected during the fall and is part of the decision-making process of the program. As such, the SHC acts as a liaison between honors students and the administration. In addition, the Council administers various student committees, such as the Event Planning Committee, The Mentorship Committee, the Newsletter Committee, and the Recruitment Committee.

Honors Awards

To further encourage and enhance academic excellence in the Capstone process, awards were created to recognize the most outstanding Capstone research projects. Each year at the Honors Conference held in April, a student is presented with a Capstone of the Year Award for Excellence in Arts and Sciences, and one student is presented with a Capstone of the Year Award for Excellence in Business. To recognize the unique nature of Bentley’s business education, and encourage the exploration of challenging multidisciplinary problems that society faces, a third category of award was created in 2015 – Excellence at the intersection of Arts and Sciences and Business.

Nominations for exceptional student projects are encouraged from faculty advisers, but self-nominations from the student are also accepted, with faculty adviser support. Nominations are solicited near the end of the semester in both December and in April. Typically, nominated student projects exhibit a strong level of original, independent thinking and/or creativity, provides new knowledge or understanding of a subject area, or may employ a significant level of rigor in the research process achieved through extraordinary effort, desire and motivation by the student. For more information on the nomination process, see Blackboard, or contact the associate director of the Honors Program.

Honors Conference

The Honors Conference takes place near the end of April each year, and provides an opportunity for all graduating seniors to present the findings of their Capstone research projects in a formal setting in front of family, friends, faculty and peers. It is an enriching opportunity to take stock of the hard work throughout their four years at Bentley, and in particular celebrates the challenging yet rewarding conclusion to the Capstone research project.

To encourage the collaborative nature of the research process, all senior honors students are expected to participate in the conference, by both presenting and attending sessions. Family, friends, faculty and the broader Bentley community are encouraged to attend as well. Following the concurrent sessions which run during the day is a reception, in which students display summaries of their projects and have the opportunity to mingle with family, friends and faculty. The day is capped off with a celebratory dinner, highlighted by students receiving their honors medallions, as well as the presentation of student research and Capstone adviser awards (see Awards section).

The Honors Teams

Honors Leadership
Christian Rubio, Director
Jordan Thompson, Assistant Director
Ashley Fishwick, Graduate Assistant

Honors Faculty Council
Sung Choi, History
Jacob Crane, English and Media Studies
Rob DeLeo, Global Studies, 
Chair of the Honors Faculty Council
Aaron Nurick, Management
Mike Page, Finance
Laura Jackson Young, Economics
Camille Meritan, Modern Languages
Poh-Lin Yeoh, Marketing

Student Honors Council

Executive Board
    President:  Cem Ozsumer
    Vice President:  Kendall Jason
    Chief of External Affairs

Committees:
    Events Chair Keeley Frazier
          Ryan Noyes
          Julia Fiez
          Ledi Hoti
          Cristiana Papadopoulos

    Columnas Chief Editor Samson Shen
          Hailey Jennato
          Clara Williams
    Diversity Chair Alejandro Losada
          Hanatha Konte
          Tiary Gonzalez
    Recruitment Chair Anna Dos Santos
          Julius Plaetrick
          Joey Szela
          Jane Yegorova
    Mentorship Chair Julia Gansberg
          Elena Manesi
    IT Chair Margaret Beisenbek
          Anton Spiridonov
    Academic Advisor: Alyssa Ligotti

 

 

Asimina Morris
Joining the Honors Program has given me unparalleled opportunities to connect with faculty, staff, and students! I’ve explored my passions and interests through various channels, such as overseeing Columnas and fighting for racial justice at Bentley through the Honors Program Racial Justice Task Force. These experiences are incredibly special to me and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of the Honors Program!
Asimina Morris
Class of 2021