All-College Honors Program Overview

For more than 50 years, Honors has provided academically gifted, highly motivated undergraduate students with an accelerated and enhanced intellectual experience. The program challenges students to develop intellectual curiosity and rigor, independent reasoning and creativity, superior communication skills, leadership potential, and a system for ethical decision-making.


The benefits of participating in Honors include: (1) access to small, challenging classes on unusual topics that are reserved exclusively for Honors students, (2) cultural enrichment that includes theatrical performances, distinguished speakers, and travel, and (3) close camaraderie with one's peers, developed through Honors housing and regular social events.

Participation often affords students additional resume-enhancing opportunities including research, study abroad, internships, scholarships, and faculty mentoring. Honors students stand out as having completed work at the most challenging level that an institution provides.

Many All-College Honors students have been awarded Fulbright scholarships. Others have received Rotary Club scholarships, Gilman fellowships, Jacob K. Javits fellowships, Andrew M. Mellon fellowships, and Harry S. Truman fellowships. Two graduates have won the Pulitzer Prize. 

Honors graduates have achieved high acceptance rates into competitive graduate programs including the nation’s premiere medical and law schools. Recent graduates have pursued advanced degrees at top universities such as Harvard, U Penn, Boston University, Georgetown, Yale, Cornell, Purdue, Duke, Northwestern, University of Michigan, Brown and Notre Dame. 

The Canisius College All-College Honors program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities, and the Northeast Regional Honors Council. 

Honors Student Manual

Sample Lectures and Materials


Last Lecture

Read a lecture by Mick Cochrane

Living Deliberately

Read a Tribute by Paul Combo