Medaille College Honors Program

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Medaille College Honors Program

The Medaille College Honors Program is an innovative program in which students with strong academic credentials and high school records of active extracurricular participation can develop the skills needed to engage challenging issues. The Program combines honors-level General Education Core courses with a suite of mentoring opportunities that aim to encourage vigorous intellectual inquiry, effective leadership ability, and solid social and moral commitment.

Students participating in the Program register for special honors sections of nine interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences courses that link together to reinforce fundamental skills and concepts. Mentoring opportunities include a variety of co-curricular activities that bring honors faculty, administrators, staff, and students together outside of the classroom.  The Honors curriculum is fully integrated into each major requiring no additional coursework.


Medaille College is proud of its reputation for having small classes and a low student-to-faculty ratio. As Medaille students, therefore, it is natural for students participating in the College Honors Program to maintain close contact with their professors.

Mentoring opportunities are also fostered by a variety of special events that bring honors faculty, administrators, staff, and students together outside of the classroom. For instance, the College Honors students are encouraged to participate in receptions, presentations, and other co-curricular activities throughout the academic year.  A great example of the kind of learning that takes place can be found by reviewing the Love Canal Project.

Benefits to students participating in the Program include:

  • A challenging and richly integrated honors curriculum in which courses are carefully designed to interconnect, reinforcing important critical thinking tools, communication skills, and scholarly ideas.
  • Unique opportunities for mentoring from honors faculty, administrators, and staff.
  • Special honors receptions, presentations, and other events.
  • Flexible advisement and registration procedures to ensure enrollment in honors courses on schedule and in sequence.
  • Official recognition at commencement.
  • A unique housing grant for all Honors students choosing to live on campus!

Furthermore, because the College Honors Program is built around honors-level sections of Medaille's General Education Core courses, talented and committed full-time day students pursuing any of the College's baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to participate.


Thank you for your interest in the Honors Program!  At this time, all students have been selected for the fall of 2014.

If there are any questions, please contact:

  • Dr. K. Patrick Fazioli, Director of the Honors program at (716) 880-2152.  
  • Brian Filjones, Honors Program Liaison, at (716) 880-2044 or by email at

Student resources are available in the Medaille College Honors Handbook


Please note: space in this program is limited and an application does not guarantee an acceptance decision.  Participation in the College Honors program is always voluntary. 

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