University Honors Program Application for Current Loyola Students

Thank you for your interest in the University Honors Program! We are excited that you want to join our community of dedicated student-leaders and look forward to reviewing your application. Please allow at least two weeks for processing—we’ll be in touch.

Please note that this is for current Loyola students only. If you are a prospective, transfer, or incoming student, your honors application is facilitated through the Office of Admissions and the Slate platform.

If you have questions, feel free to email Christina DiMaggio, Coordinator of Student Services (, or drop by the office on the first floor of Monroe Library (Room 112B, to the far back).

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Instructor Recommendations

Dr. Joseph Berendzen, Interim Honors Director, will contact one to three of your instructors to discuss your academic performance and personal qualities. It is imperative that you ask their permission and let them know that they will be a part of this process.


Answer the following two prompts and upload it in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Make clear what questions you are responding to in the document. It’s to your benefit to familiarize yourself with the philosophy and priorities of Honors before you attempt this part of the application.

  1. Why do you want to join the University Honors Program? (200 words)
  2. Write a 500 word response to ONE of the prompts below:

    a. Fifty years from now, someone (or some people) are standing in front of a picture of you, as the picture’s significance is described to them by an individual. Describe this picture from that individual’s perspective. Where are you, how old are you, what are you doing? What is the medium? Where is the picture displayed? Who has chosen to display it and what significance does it have for them? According to the individual describing it, what does the picture say about you now, who you were and who you have become?

    b. In a speech called “The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice in American Jesuit Higher Education,” the Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Superior General of the Society of Jesus, states that, “Students, in the course of their formation, must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering and engage it constructively. They should learn to perceive, think, judge, choose and act for the rights of others, especially the disadvantaged and the oppressed.” He further states that we must ask ourselves, when learning, "when researching and teaching, where and with whom is my heart?" What do you think Fr. Kolvenbach meant by this statement and (why) is it important? As you look forward to college, where and with whom is your heart? Where does your heart call you and what are the gifts and challenges of that calling?