Honors students can be found persuing majors in each of Loyola University New Orleans' four colleges, engaging in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and participating as members of many student organizations. Many Honors students are active in university clubs, intercollegiate and intramural sports, fraternities and sororities, and student government activities. Honors students do, however, commonly develop a strong sense of bonding and camaraderie among other Honors students, as they share intense intellectual experiences, study and relax together in the University Honors Center, and participate in Honors co-curricular activities. Many Honors students credit this camaraderie with their peers as one of the important benefits of participation in the University Honors Program.
All Honors students are eligible for membership in the University Honors Association (UHA). This student organization advises the Director on academic matters, coordinates the mentoring program, and plans co-curricular activities.
Working with UHA, the Honors Program sponsors cultural events both on and off campus, including excursions to the opera, the symphony, the theater, and art museums. Faculty experts are invited to accompany us to give larger context and meaning to the experience. This year we are looking to build on old traditions and host new events. Some of the events we regularly host include:
As a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, the UHP provides the opportunity for Honors students to participate in national, regional, and state honors conferences, at which they can present papers, attend workshops, and interact with honors students at other universities.
First-year Honors students are strongly encouraged to live in the Honors Learning Community on the eleventh floor of Buddig Hall. In 2005, they dubbed themselves the Eleventh Floor Nation and had XI (Chi Iota) T-shirts made to proclaim their affiliation. This is a tradition current Honors students proudly continue.