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Director of Honors Program
Darlene Olsen

1 (802) 485-2875
dolsen1@norwich.edu
Website: norwich.edu/honors

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What is the Honors Program?

The mission of the Honors Program is to support an enriched university experience for highly motivated students with demonstrated academic abilities and strong interests in research, service, and leadership.

  • Our approach is to challenge students to explore the complexity of the modern world’s problems through an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Our method centers on a hands-on experiential learning process that demands asking questions, conceiving ideas, creating an execution plan, and acting on it.

The Honors Program is guided by the mission of Norwich University: “To give our youth an education that shall be American in character—to enable them to act as well as to think—to execute as well as to conceive—‘to tolerate all opinions when reason is left free to combat them’—to make moral, patriotic, efficient, and useful citizens, and to qualify them for all those high responsibilities resting upon a citizen of this free republic.”

During their tenure at the University, Honors Students will be required to participate in specially designed courses that prepare them to conduct independent research under the oversight of a faculty mentor. This experience will culminate in the completion and defense of an honors thesis/project, the capstone requirement for all honors graduates. Honors students will be able to take advantage of special opportunities on and off campus, to enhance their undergraduate education and prepare for graduate work and professional careers.

This merit-based program is highly selective. Invitations to participate will be made to no more than 25 students per entering class, with a total enrollment not exceeding 100 students.

“To give our youth an education that shall be American in its character – to enable them to act as well as to think – to execute as well as to conceive – to tolerate all opinions when reason is left free to combat them – to make moral, patriotic, efficient, and useful citizens, and to qualify them for all those high responsibilities resting upon a citizen in this free republic.”

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