The goal of the Honors Housing is to create a Living-Learning Community. Interested Honors first-year students can live together in Champagnat Hall with a Resident Assistant who is an honors student. The Honors Program Director, Housing Director, Resident Assistant, Honors faculty, peer mentors, and Honors Council work together to provide programming, field trips and social activities to foster the unique needs of honors students.
Studies show that Honors student housing is extremely important to building a sense of Honors community. Honors Housing has been found to be strong indicator of student success. Studies have shown that Honors students who participate in dedicated Honors Housing achieve higher GPAs than those who do not live in dedicated housing, and are more active in campus organizations. In other words, not only did Honors students who take advantage of Honors Housing do better in their classes, but they were more active on campus as well.
The Honors Program strives to help its students achieve academic excellence, a sense of civic learning and leadership, a strong sense of integrity, an understanding of what it means to be a global citizen, and an awareness that learning is continuous. Honors Housing is a key element to achieving these learning goals. Not all student development occurs in the classroom or through organized activities. Honors Housing can allow for students to interact with other members of the Honors community, contribute to an environment of mutual respect by recognizing differences in individuals, and allow learning to be ongoing.
What can you expect from your Honors Housing experience?
- The Honors Director will be on-site on Move-In Day to meet and greet parents and new students
- Dedicated monthly “study halls” with faculty from various departments on campus making drop-in visits
- Special monthly programming on topics of interest to first-year Honors students such as: Study Abroad Night, Scholarship Workshops, Navigating Your First Year, How to Be a Leader, and What is the Senior Thesis?
- Special social events such as: Trivia Nights, The Welcome Social, and The End-of-Year Fondue Night
- Dinners with the Deans/Food with the Faculty – throughout the year special members of our Marist community will join the Honors students in the lounges for an informal dinner and talk.
- First-Year Field Trips: students will have the opportunity to take part in dedicated field trips to New York City and the Hudson Valley such as attending a Broadway show or a baseball game.