Honors Program
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Honors Program

Experience Villa With Honors

At Villa, the Honors Program is much more than a rigorous course load. Our honors students receive a well-rounded education that combines advanced academics with social opportunities and community service. As a reward for your hard work and dedication, Villa’s honors students receive a $7,000 scholarship award when they’re accepted into the program. In addition, Honors students have exclusive access to a private lounge area, hot beverages and preferred scheduling times each semester.

Villa's Honors Program Mission

The mission of the Honors Program is to provide high-quality, rigorous, and rewarding educational experiences for academically high-achieving students and to enhance the intellectual and co-curricular experience at the College.

Admission & Maintenance Requirements

  1. To participate in the Honors Program, all eligible students must sign a contract of commitment by Orientation of their freshman year. (This document serves as the contract).
  2. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) to remain in the Honors Program.
    • If a student’s cumulative GPA drops below a 3.0, a student is place on honors program probation for one semester.
    • If the student’s cumulative GPA is not raised back to 3.0 at the end of the probationary semester, the student is dismissed from the honors program.
  3. Students must take 27-30 credits of honors-designated courses, at least 12 of which must be at the 300- or 400- levels.
  4. Students must take and pass honors program seminar for 0 credits each semester.
  5. Students must take a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits of honors-designated courses in their program major.
  6. Students must conduct self-assessments at the end of each academic year reflecting on their intellectual and personal growth, using evidence from their course work and activities to substantiate claims. The honors program coordinator will evaluate students.
  7. If a student fails an honors seminar, he or she is dismissed from the honors program.
  8. A student’s financial aid status may be adjusted if he or she voluntarily leaves or is dismissed from the Program.

Current Honors students, please see MyVilla for all program forms.

For more information, contact

Todd Baker
Honors Program Chair
bakert@villa.edu
716-961-1827

Villa’s Honors Advisory Board

Todd Baker, Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics / Director of Honors Program
bakert@villa.edu • 716-961-1827

Elizabeth Battaglia, Associate Professor of English
kirchmeyera@villa.edu • 716-961-1860

Lucy Bungo, Director of Library Services
lbungo@villa.edu • 716-961-1863

Kevin Donovan, Director of Enrollment Management
kdonovan@villa.edu • 716-961-1870

Dr. Sylvia Grmela, Assistant Professor of Music
grmela@villa.edu • 716-961-2861

Dr. Ryan Hartnett, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs
hartnettr@villa.edu • 716-961-1832

Dr. Janice Herchmer, Director of Assessment
jherchmer@villa.edu • 716-961-1880

Dr. William Meyer, Assistant Professor, Psychology
wjmeyer@villa.edu • 716-961-1848

Adam Weekley, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
weekley@villa.edu • 716-961-1816

Dr. Agnes Zak-Moskal, Director of Student Success
azakmoskl@villa.edu • 716-961-1861

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