About Our Program

Elon’s Honors Program is a robust and rigorous academic program that draws together Elon’s top students from across the university to form a thriving community of scholars and leaders. Started in 1974, the Honors Program has evolved to include a significant Honors thesis, interdisciplinary Honors-only classes, strong living-learning communities, and substantial financial support.

Honors Fellows may concentrate their studies in any major.


The Honors Program seeks to:

  • Help Honors Fellows expand their minds by encountering new ideas in small, discussion-based and innovative liberal arts and sciences courses
  • Improve students’ critical thinking, research and communication skills
  • Provide an intellectual community in and extending beyond the classroom walls
  • Challenge and support Honors Fellows in the highest possible academic achievements, culminating in an independent thesis
  • Prepare students to excel in graduate or professional pursuits as independent, hard-working, open-minded, lifelong learners and honorable community members.

Some Benefits of Elon’s Honors Fellows Program

  • A community of bright, curious, hard-working students
  • $13,500 Honors Scholarship applied to tuition, plus $6000 Presidential Scholarship, totaling $19,500 annually, or $78,000 over the four years of the program.
  • Small, innovative courses developed specially for the Honors Program
  • Strong faculty support-as teachers, mentors, and advisors
  • Two Honors living and learning communities available (Kenan Pavilion and Colonnades C)
  • Thesis research with a faculty mentor:  in-depth study in your major over junior and senior years
  • Thesis research grant of up to $1000 (other opportunities through the Undergraduate Research Program)
  • Study abroad grant of $1000 for Elon-approved programs
  • Colloquium opportunities and incentives
  • Honors Elon 101 class (first year advising seminar)
  • Peer mentor system
  • Information and advising related to national fellowships and Lumen scholarships.