Along with its primary benefit, a dynamic curriculum that helps prepare students for graduate school, professional leadership, and civic responsibility, the Global Ideas Honors Program confers other benefits and perks:
Centrally located on the top floor of the Wilson Library, and equipped with a computer lab/seminar room and a nicely appointed lounge, the Honors Center is a place for Honors students study, do research, or hang out with their peers. The Honors Director is also housed in the Honors Center, as is a knowledgeable and helpful team of student assistants. The Honors Center is your place—designed to be a relaxing haven.
Prior to their first fall semester at La Verne, incoming students are paired with a current Honors student who will serve all year long as a helpful resource for any and all Honors- and school-related questions. Peer mentors pledge to be as responsive and helpful as possible, and can assist with questions about parking, dining, housing, textbooks, course selection, locations on campus, instructor choice, and on and on. Honors peer mentoring is an extremely helpful program to new students trying to get their bearings in a new environment.
Honors student who choose to participate in one of our unique travel courses during the January Interterm will have their costs subsidized up to $500, helping to make the trip far more affordable and accessible.
Honors students have the highest registration priority, allowing them their pick of classes throughout their entire college careers.
Incoming Honors freshmen have the option, pending availability, of rooming in honors wings within the Oaks and Vista residence halls. There is also the opportunity to be an Honors Resident Assistant. Housing applications must be turned in by May 1.
National and Regional Honors Conferences
As students in a member institution of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), La Verne Honors students may in certain years be eligible to present research at conferences to Honors students from across the United States. (In 2016, a team of four Honors students – Alyssa Carroll, Katherine Bay, Brittney Britt, and Miranda Ramirez – presented research from an Honors course at the WHRC conference in Riverside, CA.)
Eligibility for Honors Study Abroad or Away Programs
Also through the NCHC, La Verne honors students can study at campuses in the U.S. or abroad. Past La Verne Honors students have studied in, among other places, New York City and Oxford University.
Since 1997, La Verne Honors students have worked during January interterm with 4th and 5th grade students at Badillo Elementary. Students plan and teach the children while earning Community Service and/or Colloquium credit.
Ave atque Vale
Following the Latin for Hail and Farewell, the Honors Program starts off each new academic year with a fun bonding experience for new incoming students (pics from 2014 below), and each year the program concludes with a Commencement Reception for students, family, and friends.